Portraits and crafts at Durban Art Gallery

2007-01-01 00:00

About Face, an exhibition of portraits from the gallery's collection will run until the end of January and Towards a New Future: Sizoshinisa Impilo Yethu will run until December 3.

The work on display in About Face reflects a wide range of artistic approaches or fashions, techniques and media. While the artworks have not been deliberately separated in terms of gender, a few groupings emerged to highlight particular issues. Artworks spanning a period from the 16th century to 2006 range from a “traditional” approach to a “Barbershop” sign, which has become a common sight on the streets of Durban.

Towards a New Future: Sizoshinisa Impilo Yethu is an art and craft exhibition that displays the many creative talents of offenders who are making the most of the opportunities available to them in jail to learn new skills in art and craft production. This annual project is a public-private partnership between the Regional Office of the Department of Correctional Services and Nicro KwaZulu-Natal (National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders). On show is a selection of the winning entries in the provincial competition.

From November 15 to January 14, this year's Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art, Churchill Madikida's Like Father Like Son? will be on show. The exhibition opened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June and is now on tour throughout the country. Madikida grew up without a biological father, and his exhibition sets out to explore what happens to sons who grow up without their fathers. A guided tour will be given by the artist on November 16 at 10 am in the gallery.

Gallery hours are 8.30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sundays. - Arts Editor.

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