Crafters display their best

2009-12-03 00:00

THE Northern KwaZulu-Natal Craft exhibition opens in the main gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery at 6 pm today.

Tatham director Brendan Bell said that for the past five years Judy Jordan, curator of the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle, had been assembling craft items for the exhibition, which can be viewed at the Pietermaritzburg­ gallery until January­ 24.

The display consists of works from the Carnegie Gallery’s permanent collection and others purchased by The Natal Arts Trust. Visitors who attend the opening will get a greater understanding of what is on show as the event will take the form of a walkabout.

“Jordan and others have been concerned that, due to the tourist and curio trade, many craft items that are readily available today lack tradition and/or originality,” Bell said.

“Authentic, indigenous crafts remain hidden as many fine crafters live deep in rural areas. Sourcing the artworks meant travelling to remote areas such as the Northern Drakensberg­, the Mona Market outside Nongoma, and the Msinga region around Tugela Ferry.

“The aim of this exhibition is to give visibility and inspiration to contemporary crafters who are producing works in the region of Northern KwaZulu-Natal.”

The Tatham Art Gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Inquiries: 033 392 2801.

• The Tatham Art Gallery will also be hosting children’s workshops during the school holidays. It is advisable for interested people to book their places early.

Beauty Sekete and Kobie Venter will spend the first two days — January­ 5 and January 6 — hosting a fabric collage workshop with the children from 9.30 am to noon.

Participants will be shown examples of appliqué from two exhibitions in the gallery and will then have to draw shapes on paper, select the best and use them as patterns on fabric to make a glued picture, similar to Sekete’s fabric pictures.

In the second workshop, which runs from 9.30 am to noon on January 8 and January 9, the children will look at examples of beadwork in the main and Schreiner galleries, before being taught basic design and beadmaking skills by Zama Cele, who was taught by her mother, beader Eunice Cele.

Zama and Thulani Makhaye will host the workshops on the Thursday and Friday.

Admission to the workshops, which are aimed at children aged between six and 12 years, cost R50 per child per day. Refreshments are included

Booking is essential. Phone Kobie Venter at 033 392 2815 or Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2819.

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