Call for art, craft exhibitors

2017-05-17 06:01
The Hilton Arts Festival takes place from September 15-17 at Hilton College.PHOTOS: Supplied

The Hilton Arts Festival takes place from September 15-17 at Hilton College.PHOTOS: Supplied

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ARTISTS and crafters interested in exhibiting at the foremost arts festival are invited to apply to the 2017 Hilton Arts Festival.

With a riveting programme of art already secured, potential exhibitors wanting to be a part of this year’s festival have until Friday, June 9 to get their applications in. The closing date for crafters to request a stall area is May 26.

The festival takes place at Hilton College from September 15 to 17.

The event celebrates a quarter of a century sharing the best of South African art, theatre, music, and more. This year promises to have an exciting line-up of some of the country’s most sought-after art exhibitions.

“We are taking art to a whole new level,” said festival director Sue Clarence.

“The festival has secured the opportunity to showcase the work of legendary Italian film director and screenwriter Federico Fellini. We will be hosting a selection of his drawings and movies as one of the festival highlights this year.

“We are excited to be welcoming an innovative interactive arts experience in the form of a Living Art Exhibition hosted by Grant Woods and Tony Durrheim.

“They will alternate and do a 45-minute painting session every day, during which they will talk you through their techniques and share some of their skills, ideas and influences.”

Festival-goers can enjoy an exhibition by Matthew Willman. With permission from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Matthew Willman brings his solo exhibition, A Life Less Ordinary, for us to enjoy some never-before-seen images of one of the greatest men to ever live.

The exhibition details photographic works from Mandela’s birthplace, the infamous Rivonia Trial, life on Robben Island and private moments shared with Mandela during the last 10 years of his retirement.

Another photography exhibition is the International Photo Exhibition that takes up the whole library. Freelance journalist and photographer, and founder of Africa Media Online, David Larson is curating this wonderful selection of global work. The festival will have two art tents alongside the Bell Tower, which will be part of the free public spaces that festival-goers are invited to enjoy. There will also be a new exhibition area in the Campbell building.

For more information, rates, and application forms, visit or contact the Festival Office at 033 383 0127. The festival would not be possible without the support of Hilton College, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee, DWR, PWC, Bidvest Car Rental, Indwe Risk Services, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, Redlands Hotel, Zultrans, KZN Department of Arts & Culture, Basa and Castle Lite. — Supplied.

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