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2016-10-05 06:00
                 PHOTO: Jonathan Burton Siyabonga Sikosana (left) presents his donation for the 2016 Fabulous Picture Show to Christopher Duigan, chairperson of the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery.

PHOTO: Jonathan Burton Siyabonga Sikosana (left) presents his donation for the 2016 Fabulous Picture Show to Christopher Duigan, chairperson of the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery.

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THE Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag) committee invites artists to submit artworks for the Fabulous Picture Show 2016.

This event, running since 2008, is an annual fund-raising auction held in Pietermaritzburg, to raise funds for the purchase of new artworks for the Tatham Art Gallery permanent collection.

“It is essential for an art museum collection to grow on a regular basis, in order to reflect the dynamic nature of South African artistic production,” said Bryony Clark, assistant director at the Tatham Art Gallery.

“Without a purchasing budget and ongoing acquisitions, the collection would remain stagnant,” she added.

Artists can make a contribution by donating an unframed, original art work (maximum size A4, dimensions: 21x27,9 cm) for this fund-raising auction initiative.

“Your donation will assist the continued growth of the Tatham Art Gallery permanent collection. Our target is to beat the R83 000 that we raised last year, and the only way this will be possible is through generous donations from artists,” said Clark.

Last year, 105 artists donated a total of 206 artworks to the Fabulous Picture Show.

How the Fabulous Picture Show works:

• Artists donate up to three original unframed works of art to Fotag (maximum size A4, dimensions: 21x27,9 cm). Signed, editioned, original digital prints are welcome, but not prints of existing originals.

• All 2D artworks in the prescribed sizes will be framed by Fotag.

• Boards and canvases are restricted to standard A4 only.

• Works on paper should be smaller to allow for mounting and framing.

• 3D works are also welcome, size not to exceed A4 dimensions.

• Acceptance of art work is at the discretion of the Fotag committee.

The final submissions deadline for A4 donations is Saturday, between 10 am and 3pm at the Tatham Art Gallery.

Staff will also be available to accept work today, from 2pm to 4pm, or post your artwork to Tatham Art Gallery­, Box 321, Pietermaritzburg, 3201.

Artworks will be loaded onto the Fotag website by 10am on 20 November. The exhibition of artworks will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm on November 24 and November 25. The doors to the venue will be reopened at 6 pm on November 25 and the auction will take place from 6.30 pm.

All artworks will be sold on the night. There is a reserve price of R200 on every artwork and the auction is silent up to R800, after which artworks are sold by live auction. Should you be unable to attend the auction, proxy bids can be arranged.

Inquiries to or call 033 392 2825 (mornings only).

Visit the Fotag website for more information on

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