Macs exhibits war photos

2008-05-06 00:00

THE May exhibition at the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) is Then and Now — a Photographic Overview of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) by Steve Watt. The exhibition will be opened by Dr Tony Cubbin at Macs House, 173 Alexandra Road tomorrow at 10 am.

The photographs are of battle sites, hospital buildings and campsites taken during the Anglo-Boer War and compared to the sites as seen today.

Watt has been researching the war for 30 years. He has developed a passion for visiting the battle sites and documenting the casualties and grave sites of both Briton and Boer. His exhibition offers a comparison between contemporary and modern views of the sites. Captions for the photographs are taken from descriptions of the events and, where possible, quotations are from publications printed at the time.

In the Macs 3D Gallery exhibition, opening on the same day, is an exhibition of Embellished Gourds by Gill Gerhardt and Hand-dyed Fabrics by Jutta Faulds. The gourds have recently been exhibited at the Jack Heath Gallery as part of the Re-Generation exhibition.

Other Macs activities during May are Penny Forder’s introduction to acrylic painting using the landscape as subject matter on Mondays; the interactive Wednesday Art Club; and Creative Thursdays with Jutta Faulds and Clare Smith, which continues the Changing Our Habits — Wearables project. The theme for May is Gilets and Waistcoats.

On Thursday, May 15, is a one-day workshop covering basic flat wet felting. It costs R120 per person if not booked for the month.

On Saturday, May 17, the Wild Knitting course continues. The idea is to go to Macs and knit whichever way you like and check out all the gorgeous yarns. There is no tuition, but free advice is given to all by all.

This Saturday, Clare Smith will give a course on making scarves using the wet felting method.

Booking for all Macs courses is essential. For details of courses and costs, phone 033 386 6500 (mornings) or 033 386 2795 (afternoons).

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