Matric art on display at the Tatham

2008-05-15 00:00

THE annual KwaZulu-Natal Matric Art exhibition opens at the Tatham Art Gallery in the main exhibition room on May 20 at 6 pm. It will be opened by Jannie van Heerden, senior subject adviser for visual arts in KwaZulu-Natal.

The exhibition will run until July 13 and provides a great chance to see the best of the art being done in local schools. Most of the works were chosen from the 2007 matric year, but some of this year’s work can also be seen. The core of the display has been chosen from the many school works that were exhibited in the Durban Art Gallery earlier this year. When the exhibition comes to Pietermaritzburg, the Tatham Art Gallery adds works from all the private schools in this area, as well as extra works from other local schools that offer art as a matric subject.

A wide variety of themes and mediums can be expected, with quite a few surprises. Over the years the emphasis in art teaching has moved to include conceptual work and new techniques and subject matter. The materials range from painted surfaces to high-tech productions and assemblages of simple found objects, with content to make the viewer pause and think.

Before the opening, there will be a walkabout of the exhibition at 5 pm, led by Van Heerden. Safe parking will be provided and the coffee shop (The Chef’s Table) will be open for meals and snacks — booking essential through David or Michelle at 033 342 8327 or 076 737 6040.

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