Art in the Park event moves to the Oval next year

2015-05-13 11:08
Art in the Park event moves to the Oval next year 
Estelle Sinkins
THE 53rd Art in the Park will be the last to be staged on the banks of the Duzi River in Alexandra Park.
From next year the selling exhibition will move to the nearby Oval Cricket

Art in the Park event moves to the Oval next year Estelle Sinkins THE 53rd Art in the Park will be the last to be staged on the banks of the Duzi River in Alexandra Park. From next year the selling exhibition will move to the nearby Oval Cricket (Ian Carbutt)

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THE 53rd Art in the Park will be the last to be staged on the banks of the Duzi River in Alexandra Park.

From next year the selling exhibition will move to the nearby Oval Cricket Ground.

Dumisani Mhlongo, director of Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association, said plans to make the move were at an advanced stage.

“We couldn’t do it this year because our event overlaps with the Comrades [Marathon], but we are planning to start organising next year’s Art in the Park at the Oval as soon as this one finishes,” he added.

The move has been prompted by what Mhlongo called the “degradation of the existing venue” where many trees have been felled.

This year’s Art in the Park will run from June 3 to 7, and is part of a bumper period for the city, which also hosts the Royal Agricultural Show and the finishing point of the Comrades during that week.

Visitors to the outdoor exhibition, which last year recorded sales of R1,4 million, get to rub shoulders with artists as they view and buy the paintings, photographs, ceramics, glassware and crafts on offer.

Among those taking part this year are Howick residents, Simon Addy and Lyn Hoyle.

“This is our 22nd or 23rd one and it’s a pleasure to be involved,” said Addy.

Art in the Park 2015 will include a platform for emerging artists, funded by the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, and a school art competition, titled Through the eyes of a child, where pupils will have been asked to draw an anti-xenophobia message

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