Two days left to view ‘Creative Block’ exhibition

2018-01-24 06:01
Some of the artworks currently on display at GFI Art Gallery as part of the ‘Creative Block’ programme.                 Photo:SUPPLIED

Some of the artworks currently on display at GFI Art Gallery as part of the ‘Creative Block’ programme. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE inspirational Creative Block exhibition, which has been open at the GFI Art Gallery since December 9, will be closing this Friday.

The exhibit features a curated collection of 300 affordable original artworks by renowned and emerging South African artists which are displayed together as a “single work”.

Creative Block is a long-standing artist career development programme managed by Spier Arts Trust and supported by three integral patrons, namely Spier, Nando’s and Hollard.

Over the past year, the GFI Gallery in Nelson Mandela Bay has collaborated with Spier Arts Trust to extend the reach of this artist career development programme to the Eastern Cape, creating an incredibly positive and empowering experience for artists in the region selected into the Creative Block programme.

It has provided a long-standing opportunity for established and emerging artists.

Professional artists selected for the programme receive small blank blocks that they transform into original artworks, using any medium.

Many of the artists are self-taught and develop further through the curator’s individual critique.

When work is accepted by the curator, artists are immediately paid a set price per work. With monthly submission dates and reliable payment, the Creative Block programme creates the potential for artists to earn a steady income while enabling them to focus full-time on their artistic career.

The current exhibition, featuring work from artists from the Eastern Cape and beyond, ends its current run at GFI Gallery in Park Drive, St George’s Park on Friday.

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