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2009-05-28 00:00

TWO artists from Basani Arts and Crafts in Pietermaritzburg are exhibiting their work at this year’s Nashua Art in the Park.

Siyabonga Sikosana has his own stand at the exhibition at Alexandra Park and also has a painting in the Tatham Art Gallery’s Contemporary Reflections exhibition. As Basani’s artist in residence, Sikosana, enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with less-experienced artists.

The Willowfountain resident and self-taught artist studied textile design at the Durban University of Technology, but chose not to pursue a career in textile design. He had his first exhibition at the Tatham and since then has sold his work, which includes colourful township scenes, to numerous galleries in South Africa and overseas.

Joining him at this year’s event is Shokwakhe Mngadi, who is exhibiting his amazing 3-D football stadia as part of Art in the Park’s development artists group. Mngadi, who hails from Sweetwaters and is Basani’s other artist in residence, specialises in paintings of well-known buildings and football scenes. He is also working on a series of 2010 stadia, which have a fascinating 3-D effect. One of these works, which has stadium lights that work, can be seen at the Tatham Art Gallery.

Other development artists showing their work at stand 19 are: Malaki Ndlovu, Welcome Danca, Sifiso Ngcobo, Bongani Ngcobo, Pappy Muheme and Ellen van der Westhuizen.


• The Basani African Arts Centre at 15 Hyslop Road, Pietermaritzburg, is a treasure trove of art, from original paintings to wire work and African pottery. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Inquiries: phone 033 342 3697 or 076 307 5400.



Art in the Park: Today until May 30 at 10 am to 8 pm, and from 9 am to 4 pm on May 31. Admission: R10 (children under 12 free). Parking at Kershaw Park.

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