Relax, browse and buy

2009-09-17 00:00

IF you love original works of art but think they’re way out of reach, think again. Artworks @ Kwanyoni, an ­innovative art sale in Hilton, is making it easier for art lovers to get their hands on works by some of the country’s best artists.

It’s the third year that Terri Broll hosts the art sale at 12 KwaNyoni Farm, on the D534, off Hilton College Road, Hilton — and it makes a great stop en route to the college for The Witness Hilton Arts Festival .

The sale is held in association with artSPACE durban and this year’s event, which takes place on September 19 and 20 from 9 am to 6  pm, features more than 200 works by 25 artists.

Broll said the concept for the event follows the worldwide trend away from the formality of traditional exhibition/gallery spaces to ones where affordable, professional art of a high standard is available to the public in an informal setting.

“This event takes into account the needs of both professional artists and the public,” she added. “Typically, working artists will gear their output towards an exhibition, but the reality is that only a few sales occur, while the rest of the works, fully framed, lie around with nowhere to go. As a result, artists don’t sell much work and the general public don’t get the chance to buy it.

“What ArtWorks @ Kwanyoni does is collect works of mainly Kwa-Zulu-Natal artists and sell them to the public in a relaxing and exciting setting. Here, customers can drink, eat delicious food, sit on comfortable couches and, when the impulse takes them, pick a piece of art off the wall, take it to the paypoint and then home to be hung immediately.”

All the art on sale is framed and ranges from R200 to R5 000, and at the past two sales more than two thirds of the work was sold over the two days.

Among the artists taking part in this year’s event is Jinny Heath, whose work is currently part of a family retrospective at the Tatham Art Gallery. Her works will be joined by those of Louise Hall, Terence Patrick, Terence King, Hussein Salim, Terri Broll, Lara Mellon, Grace Kotze and Pascal Chandler, among others.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy food prepared by Jenna Viney, a chef who has cooked for the likes of Richard Branson and the Fererra ­Rochas in Italy, and Paula Erskine.

• For more information phone 083 477 5599.

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