Busy March at the Tatham Gallery

2019-02-27 06:01

THE Tatham Shop, which is based on the ground floor of the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg, is known for its wide variety of hand-made craft items.

Made primarily by crafters and artists in KwaZulu-Natal, the shelves are stocked with traditional and contemporary ceramics, jewellery, carved, beaded and embroidered objects and lots more.

The shop is currently highlighting the work of Zolani Mpente, a wonderfully-talented wood sculptor who creates domestic and farm animals and people using different indigenous woods from the forest near his village, Dedeni.

Great detail is carved into his work, with the surface finished to a silky smoothness.

Mpente also incorporates different fine-grained indigenous dark woods to contrast the predominantly light wood used.

The Tatham Shop is offering a 15% discount on Mpente’s work from Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2.

The shop is open from Tuesday to Friday berween 9 am and 4 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Inquiries: Mary or Zama at 033 392 2828.

The gallery is also holding a litter bin design and painting workshop with Jono Hornby from March 18 to 20 and March 25 to 27, between 9 am and 3 pm, in the Lorna Ferguson Room.

Participating artists will design and paint images on large prepared litter bins for the city centre.

Members of the public are welcome to observe the painting workshops while the gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Individuals who sponsor bins, and businesses who contribute to the cost will be acknowledged. For contributions e-mail Vimla at vimla.moodley@msunduzi.gov.za

Artists will get exposure, and a small honorarium if they so wish. All materials will be provided.

With the assistance of the municipality the bins will be placed in the Tatham grounds in a campaign to draw attention to the litter problem in the city centre.

Interested artists need to complete application forms, available at the gallery.

Inquiries: E-mail Kobie.venter@msunduzi.gov.za or phone her at 033 3922 819 or 084 824 7217 (except Tuesdays), e-mail Pinky.nkabinde@msunduzi.gov.za or phone her 033 3922 811 or e-mail Reena.bhoodram@msunduzi.gov.za or phone her at 033 3922 823.

Visitors to the Tatham can currently enjoy a number of exhibitions including The Schreiner Collection: A Recent Bequest, which is on show in the Schreiner Gallery.

This exhibition honours the legacy of Deneys and Else Schreiner, who were staunch supporters of the arts. The exhibition will run until March 24.

Also on show is the South African Landscape in the Lorna Ferguson Room, Containers for Liquid in the ceramics room and Migrations: Time – Place – Culture in the perimeter gallery.

Opening on March 6 in the main gallery space at the gallery is the KZN Midlands Matric Art 2019 exhibition.

Running until March 26, the exhibition is a combination of the best art works from the previous year, produced in about 18 schools in and around Pietermaritzburg that teach art for matric. It includes work from a school for the deaf.

One of the gallery’s annual highlights, the exhibition always produces fascinating ideas and new methods from our young artists.

— The Witness Arts Editor.

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