Bank Gallery opens in Durban
The birth of a new gallery is always an exciting moment in a city, and art lovers in Durban are awaiting the opening of the Bank gallery with eager anticipation and a sense of curiosity. The gallerists, Henrietta Hamilton and Rob Fraser, are relative newcomers to Durban, although Hamilton originally hails from here. The two met in London where they were studying art and decided to return to South Africa where they have been looking for some time to find the ideal space in which to shown contemporary art. They are reticent about talking too much about themselves as they wish for the art and the space to be foregrounded in the true modernist tradition.
A former bank in trendy Florida Road offered the ideal architecture for their needs. They have gutted the inside, creating clean, simple spaces. The addition of a studio from which they will work, as well as a studio/flat for a possible residency programme particularly with London colleagues makes the gallery unique in Durban. There is a strong need for a residency facility here and hopefully this will bring an injection of new ideas into the city. Hamilton and Fraser are also very committed to educational programmes and aim to make these a strong component of their activities. The first exhibition by Andries Botha opens later this month (see LISTINGS), and as the building is still under construction, and next month's ArtThrob will cover the gallery in more detail.