Art in the Park moves to National Botanical Garden

2016-02-17 10:03
Dumisani Mhlongo (left), director of the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association, and Kevin Palium, CEO of Creative Arts College which is the main sponsor of the 54th Art in the Park, at the launch of the 70 days countdown to the exhibit, which takes place at a new venue — the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg, from May 4 to May 8.

Dumisani Mhlongo (left), director of the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association, and Kevin Palium, CEO of Creative Arts College which is the main sponsor of the 54th Art in the Park, at the launch of the 70 days countdown to the exhibit, which takes place at a new venue — the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg, from May 4 to May 8. (Kavitha Pillay, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden is officially the new venue of this year’s Art in the Park — one of the country’s largest outdoor art exhibits — from May 4 to May 8.

The 54th Art in the Park has been moved forward to avoid clashing with the Royal Agricultural Show and Comrades Marathon. The clash of dates has previously resulted in people being divided at these events and a lower turnout at Art in the Park. It also created pressure in the accommodation sector in the city.

Dumisani Mhlongo, director of the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association, said: “Art in the Park has been completely repositioned with the relocation to a larger venue with improved facilities and infrastructure, new dates so that it does not conflict with other events, and diversifying activities.”

These activities include incorporating digital art and photography, a craft market, performing arts, children’s theatre, poetry and open mic sessions, and heritage zones, all while keeping fine art the focal point.

“Patrons of the show can look forward to diverse activities, all aimed at driving foot traffic and maximising art sales,” said Mhlongo.

The garden has facilities including a braai area and a food pavilion, as well as concert and picnic areas. Mhlongo added that the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden has facilities that will make hosting easier, such as security and ablutions facilities.

“Don’t miss this one. It is going to take place in a brilliant atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy,” said artist Julia Forman. “It’s also a safe environment,” added Lieze Meyer, another artist who will exhibit this year.

“It is with great excitement that we launch a 70 days countdown and announcement of Creative Arts College as main sponsor of Art in the Park. Creative Arts College will not only assist with delivery of this important event, but as a skills development organisation will also enhance our efforts to support emerging artists,” said Mhlongo.

CEO of Creative Arts College Kevin Palium said: “Creative Arts College is proud to be a part of Art in the Park. The event has great potential and we would be happy to commit skills and resources so that it could become an ultimate art festival that stimulates art appreciation, art as a career, as well as art as a medium to unify a nation.”

• arts@witness.co.za

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