Showcasing art and craft of KZN

2010-01-05 00:00

PLANNING and implementation of one of the country’s most significant art exhibitions, Jabulisa 2010, is under­ way.

Jabulisa, which previously took place in 1996, 2000 and 2006, is a touring exhibition that showcases the art and craft of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a project of the Natal Arts Trust, an independent body that aims to support and assist the province­’s five art museums — the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, the Margate Art Museum, the Empangeni Museum, the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle and the Durban­ Art Gallery­ — to acquire works for their collections.

Works for the exhibition are chosen­ by majority vote from selection panels, with attention paid to diversity­ of media, diversity of aesthetic­ and technical issues surrounding the individual artists, and diversity of representations in communicating life in KwaZulu-Natal.

Entries for Jabulisa 2010 need to be submitted to the art museums early­ this year, with submissions to the Tatham closing earliest, at the end of January, to allow time for the selectors to travel to the other centres­.

“Jabulisa is the premier exhibition reflecting art and craft production in KwaZulu-Natal,” says Tatham director Brendan Bell, who is also the chairman of the Natal Arts Trust.

“Submissions must be representative of all visual arts, and may include diverse artworks such as paintings, beadwork, fibre art, jewellery and garments, installations, photography and video art, mosaics and etchings. The list is endless. The emphasis is on absolute excellence, with a hint of the quirky, the new and the innovative.”

Jabulisa 2010 will open at the Tatham Art Gallery on June 8, and will then move to Durban, Margate­, Empangeni, Eshowe’s Vukani­ Museum and Newcastle. • For details about Jabulisa 2 010, contact Brendan Bell or Kobie Venter at the Tatham Art Gallery at 033 392 2801. Entry forms are available at regional art museums or from www.tatham.org.za

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