New schools competition for Art in the Park

2015-05-20 06:00
Lungelo Manci (left) and Olwami Madonda from the Gateway Christian School will take part in a school art competition as part of this yearand#039;s Art in the Park.

Lungelo Manci (left) and Olwami Madonda from the Gateway Christian School will take part in a school art competition as part of this yearand#039;s Art in the Park. PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

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THE 53rd Art in the Park will, for the first time, include a schools art competition where primary-school pupils are invited to submit artwork which will be adjudicated by some of the exhibitors at the exhibition.

The “Through the Eye of a Child” competition encourages pupils to draw representations of anti-xenophobic messages, and these artworks will form part of the exhibition.

Dumisani Mhlongo, director of Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association, said some schools have already­ signed up for the competition­.

“We encourage teachers to get their pupils involved in this competition which is the first of its kind. We are looking forward to seeing what the children of Pietermaritzburg come up with.”

Like previous exhibitions, visitors to the 2015 exhibition can look forward to a rich tapestry of mediums, ranging from all painting mediums to photography, glassworks, and paintings in sand and now selected craft pieces. Last year’s sales were recorded at R1.4 million.

This year’s Art in the Park will run from 3 June to 7 June and will be the last on the banks of the Duzi following the announcement by Mhlongo that moving the exhibition to the Oval Cricket Ground is at an advanced­ stage.

“With the degradation of the current venue and many trees that have been felled, the move is necessary.

“We couldn’t do it this year because our event overlaps with the Comrades, but we are planning to start organising next year’s Art in the Park at the Oval.”

Primary-school pupils at schools in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds are invited to participate in the competition.

For more information contact the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association on 033 345 1348

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