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MONTHLY ISSUE NO. 39 NOV 2000



Durban
28.11.00 'Icons' - group exhibition
28.11.00 'The South Africans' - an installation of embroidered puppets by Masha du Toit
28.11.00 'Beadwork'from beadwork - an exhibition of jewelery that incorporates beadwork
28.11.00 NSA Annual Christmas Show
21.11.00 Disability Renaissance features 'Brushstrokes': an exhibition of paintings by Mandla Mabila
21.11.00 Many exhibitions for the last Red Eye @rt
21.11.00 Art and dance collaboration at the NSA
21.11.00 Disability Awareness Month
14.11.00 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Alan Alborough
14.11.00 Amazwi Abesifazane - Voices of Women
14.11.00 Technikon Natal Fine Art Department Third and Fourth Year End-of-Year shows
01.11.00 Red Eye: Halloween comes to the Durban Art Gallery
01.11.00 Launch of the Durban Metro Artists in Action Residency Programme at BAT


Kim Longhurst

Kim Longhurst
Invitation image for 'Icons'




DURBAN

Four new exhibitions at the NSA

Moving into December the 'silly season' rears its head. But the NSA Gallery has tried to steer a course between the commercial, the serious, the sacred and the sensuous in their programme for the month. To this end, four new exhibitions open on Sunday December 3, 2000 at 4 p.m. and run until New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000.

'Icons' - group exhibition

Rick Andrew (senior lecturer in the department of Graphic Design at the Natal Technikon) has curated a show of contemporary icons for December at the NSA. Defined as a sacred image an icon can be a totem, a symbol or a sign. Thirteen artists, qualified either in the disciplines of design or fine art, have been invited to produce two icons each and the show promises to offer an interesting range of work. Andrew states that "I chose 'Icons' as the theme of the exhibition, because icons offer interesting visual potential for the merging of symbolism with design. Icons tend to be compact and 'loaded' images and can range from traditional symbols of the sacred to the signs, myths and symbols of contemporary media".

The artists exhibiting are Rick Andrew, Gert Swart, Gill Andrew, Alex Gower-Jackson, Andy Mason, Frances Andrew, Kim Longhurst, Bronwyn Vaughn-Evans, Martin Burnett, Daniel Ohene-Adu, Hylton Alcock, Zane Lang and Silvi Judd.

Opens: Sunday December 3, 2000 at 4 p.m.
Closes: New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000

Main Gallery, N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Masha du Toit

Masha du Toit
The Bride (detail)
Mixed media embroidered puppet



'The South Africans' - an installation of embroidered puppets by Masha du Toit

Masha du Toit grew up in the Western Cape and completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, Michaelis. Specializing in sculpture she moved to Durban in 1995 to do a Higher Diploma in Bronze Casting at the Technikon Natal.

The exhibition 'The South Africans' consists of a number of embroidered puppets, each representing a stereotypical South African character. There is the Street Kid and the Car Guard, the Swart Gevaar, and the Bouncer. Each has an appropriate sound track linked to it which reflects alternative aspects of the character. Light and playful in appearance, decorated as they are with embroidered silks and velvets, covered with beads and sequins the puppets embody serious contemplation on living in contemporary South Africa. The artist states that "when I was working on these pieces, I struggled with various issues, foremost of these being our overriding obsession with Crime and Security. What causes someone to commit crime? I thought of the struggle to ensure your own safety without sacrificing empathy for the people on the other side of the security gate. I tried to understand how it is possible for people to be capable of unthinking and callous cruelty - not just the actions of criminals, but also the lack of human feeling we all learn to practice in order to survive in an unjust world. My aim is not to judge, or to make caricatures of typical "South African types," but rather to explore the complexity of the people who surround me. "

Opens: Sunday December 3, 2000 at 4 p.m. Closes: New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000

Multi-media room, Mezzanine, N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Abigail Scorer

Abigail Scorer
Beads, perspex



'Beadwork' from beadwork - an exhibition of jewelery that incorporates beadwork

The aim of this exhibition is to promote an awareness of the potential of beads from a maker's point of view and to increase the awareness of the beauty of beads from a wearer's point of view. The show is curated by Chris de Beer and Abigail Scorer, both from the Jewellery Design department of the Technikon Natal. The department is instrumental in developing indigenous jewellery in South Africa, particularly in KZN with its wealth of craftspeople. To this end there has been several bead workshops in the department and a new interest in beads has resulted from these. Interaction with the African Art Centre has also been fruitful and several of the pieces on display are the result of this interaction.

Opens: Sunday December 3, 2000 at 4 p.m. Closes: New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000

Park Gallery, N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za




NSA Annual Christmas Show

Whilst the commercial aspect of Christmas can get one down the NSA engages in an annual display of affordable work made by local craftspeople and artists. Well known for its incredible selection the aim is to promote local ingenuity and talent whilst providing something for everyone. Guaranteed not to disappoint any visitor the NSA Gallery shop will make available the best on offer in the province. The shop will extend onto the Mezzanine area during this time, giving an even bigger selection of quality goods.

Opens: Sunday December 3, 2000 at 4 p.m. Closes: New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000

Mezzanine Gallery, N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Mandla Mabila

Mandla Mabila
Behind the Shadow in Front of the Light
Painting



Disability Renaissance features 'Brushstrokes': an exhibition of paintings by Mandla Mabila

Mandla Mabila is a disabled artist whose disability is integral to his production as an artist. 'Brushstrokes', an exhibition of paintings on show at the BAT Centre, is a celebration of his life - a celebration of "the bad without which I could not have appreciated the great things about being alive".

Born in Barberton in Mpumalanga Province in 1969, the first years of Mabila's life were spent going in and out of hospital and visiting traditional healers after contracting polio at the age of three. In 1980, he attended Letaba School for the Handicapped, a special primary school situated in Tzaneen. Between 1986 and 1988, he had about 12 operations to enable him to walk, which he now does with a stick.

He started drawing at the age of ten and after high school went on to enrol for a BA in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, completed in 1997. A Masters soon followed with the research topic: Disability, Identity and Self-Representation in the Visual Arts in South Africa.

Perseverence has allowed Mabila to work against negative stereotypes of disabled people, challenging the idea that disabled people are "incapable or stupid; that the disabled body is abject". His own work, whilst constrained in size by his ability to manipulate work from his wheelchair, has received considerable success. Selected to represent South Africa in the 'Art and Soul Festival', an international arts festival of disabled Artists in Los Angeles, America in 1999 his goal continues to be 'to live in an environment that doesn't question my humanity, but confirms it'.

The artist's work is mainly self-portraits and portraits of other individuals with disabilities, but he says "In my paintings, as in my dreams, I cross the boundaries of limitation - sometimes I play soccer or just stroll with a partner, things I hardly do in 'real' life. Painting gives me the opportunity to create a space into which I can run, but also a space that is full of possibilities, a space that is just as real".

Mabila dedicates this show, part of the Disability Renaissance at the BAT Centre, to his mother and all disabled people in South Africa.

Opens: November 24, 2000
Closes: December 1, 2000

BAT Centre, Democratic Gallery, 45 Maritime Place, Small Crafts Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451
E-mail: batcntre@mweb.co.za
Website: http://www.batcentre.co.za


Redeye

Picture my Life Series
Ningizuma School



Many exhibitions for the last Red Eye @rt

The last Red Eye @rt of the year, presented under the auspices of the Department of Arts and Culture, promises to be a visual feast with numerous exhibitions lined up.

Embracing and celebrating the theme of disability found in other galleries in Durban, the Ningizimu School for Mentally Handicapped Children will present an exhibition incorporating a web-site link-up - a photographic display entitled 'Picture My Life'. The stunning, large-scale beaded tapestries for which they are renowned (if you're not familiar with their work, then visit the Natal Playhouse) will also be on exhibit. Other exhibitions presenting a different take on disability include 'Sight/Insight', a show by blind artist Dan Rakgoathe, and Willem Boshoff's Blind Alphabet.

The emphasis shifts with the culmination of the academic year allowing work to be presented from a number of different art and design disciplines: Fine Art students from Technikon Natal, an Architectural display by 3rd Year UND Architecture students will be featured, and final year Fashion students, Chris Makanya and Constance Khoza, from ML Sultan Technikon, will strut their stuff. An exhibition by 3rd Year Jewellery Design students from Technikon Natal will get you reaching into your pockets for a unique piece of body adornment. Wrapping up the visual arts is the stunning exhibition by the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2000 winner - Alan Alborough.

On the performance side of things, French artist/choreographer Anne de Beaufort will be working together with Lliane Loots of the Flatfoot Dance Company, presenting a dance/performance piece, which incorporates painting and explores the themes of Space and Territory.

Live bands featured are Lilo- an alt-country/lo-fi rock duo who played at Oppikoppi 2000, as well as hot, new, Punk/Hip-Hop Rappers Dwarf Project Crew who recently blew the audience away at their first gig at the Winston Pub in Umbilo. Last but not least - the Steel Drum Foundation will end the evening with their rousing rhythms.

Entrance is R15 for non-members & R10 for students and members. For more info you can contact Liana on 311 2264/68 or fax 311 2273.

Friday December 1, 2000, 6 p.m. sharp

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban
Tel: (031) 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 09:00 to 12:00


NSA

Anne de Beaufort
The Earth has not forgotten us
Painting



NSA

The Earth has not forgotten us
Production still
Choreographer: Lliane Loots
Performed by: Flatfoot Dance Company
and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre



Art and dance collaboration at the NSA

During the past two months, French artist Anne de Beaufort and South African choreographer Lliane Loots have been collaborating to produce a contemporary art and dance theatre exhibition. 'Dance and tell your territories' presents the shared concerns of movement and 'territory' that occupy both these artists. The result is a dialogue between painting and dance theatre. Anne de Beaufort's paintings take their cue from dance. Reminiscent of action painting they encapsulate and are made in-situ with performers and are creative interpretations of the movement in front of the artist. For her visit to Durban for this project, she researched contemporary South African dance and initiated a dialogue with Flatfoot Dance Company and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. The participants in this collaboration (visual artist, choreographer and performers) began a workshop process, asking themselves about the spaces and territories (emotionally and physically) one occupies on an everyday basis; shared spaces as well as boundaries. From here the dance evolved, captured on paper or transclucent sheets by De Beaufort. The exhibition will consist of the two-dimensional works produced during the workshops and De Beaufort will continue to work and produce pieces during the performances of 'The Earth has not forgotten us', choreographed by Lliane Loots and featuring Flatfoot Dance Company and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Three performances will be presented on November 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and November 28 at 12.30 p.m.

Anne de Beaufort started a career as geographer and urban planner. Space and territories have always been a concern in her artistic work. She has exhibited since 1995 in galleries and cultural centers in various French regions, including the International Geography Festival in 1999. She has also initiated and participated in performances with dancers and musicians. In 1997 she started a contemporary art centre in Grenoble and acted as director for the past three years.

Lliane Loots is the artistic director and founder of Flatfoot Dance Company, a company that is now in its fifth year of existence. She has been guest choreographer for both Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre and the Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company. She was nominated in 1999 for an FNB Vita award for choreography and was the recipient of the FNB Vita special dance award in 1999 for her dance journalism for the Mercury.

This project is supported both by A.F.A.A., the French Association for Artistic Action and the Grenoble City Council, Anne de Beaufort's home city in France.

For more info contact: Storm Janse van Rensburg on (031) 202-3686 or Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za

Opening: Friday November 24, 2000 at 6 p.m.
Closing: December 1, 2000

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Willem Boschoff



Willem Boschoff

Willem Boschoff
Blind Alphabet
Installation view and detail



Disability Awareness Month

With the emphasis on disability awareness this month there are a number of events at the Durban Art Gallery including workshops and walkabouts. Conceived especially for the visually impaired but suitable for all (dis)abilities the programme is as follows:

Tuesday November 21, 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Workshop for art workshop facilitators and teachers who will be equipped with skills to continue this process during the months of December and January when the exhibitions will still on view.

12 noon - Walkabout by artist Dan Rakgoathe

Wednesday November 22, 9 - 1 p.m.

Workshop focusing on the Blind Alphabet with a mixed group of learners - blind, sighted - other disabilities.

Thursday November 23, 9 - 1 p.m.

This workshop will focus on the printmaking techniques using Dan Rakgoathe's exhibition. Group to consist of learners/teachers and adults.

Friday November 24, 9 - 12 p.m.

Workshop focusing on the Blind Alphabet.

We invite you and your groups to participate in this enriching experience. It is essential to make a booking by phoning Carol Brown or Musa Mncwabe at 3112269.

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban
Tel: (031) 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 09:00 to 12:00


Alan Alborough

Alan Alborough
Installation view



Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Alan Alborough

Half way round the country, on its nationwide tour as this year's Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Alan Alborough's show mutates as it travels, necessitating the artist to move with it constructing and reconstructing the installations as he goes. Thus, despite having been seen already in Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Pietermaritzburg, it arrives fresh and challenging to viewers in each city whilst not growing tired on the artist. Opening last week in Durban the familiar, quotidian objects made strange encourage the viewer to engage with the unknown. Having been described variously as 'magical', 'conceptual', 'mysterious', 'beautiful, 'alchemical' and 'immaculate' this is a show that critics have waxed lyrical on whilst at the same time being lost for words of explanation.

In a sense, having been born in Durban, Alborough returns home on this leg of the tour. Alborough did his degree at Wits and his masters at the renowned Goldsmiths College in London. He presently lives in Cape Town and teaches at Stellenbosch. For more info go to the constantly updated www.alanalborough.co.za.

This is a show not to be missed.
Closes January 4, 2000

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Amazwi Abesifazane

Fabric artist Leone Malherbe leads empowerment workshops




Amazwi Abesifazane - Voices of Women
Embroidered and Beaded Memory Cloths

Another project initiated by sculptor Andries Botha comes to fruition this week when 22 beadworkers and doll makers show work that has come out of a series of empowerment workshops that helped black women deal with traumas from their personal lives. Fabric artist Leone Malherbe, assisted by Hlenge Dube as facilitator and Dudu Mngadi as translator led the project. The women were asked to depict a memorable or traumatic event from their past using applique and embroidery embellished with beads. Recalling tragedies they had suppressed or put behind them the women's stories include tales of houses burning down, taxi accidents, stock theft, drought, floods, robbery and murder, and, somewhat more exotically, elephants on the rampage.

The exhibition attempts to contextualise each woman's story with a photograph of the artist and her story in both English and Zulu. The project has been funded by the Prince Klaus Funds of the Netherlands.

Opens Saturday November 18, 2000 at 12 noon.

For more information tel: (031) 3012717
African Art Centre, First floor Tourist Junction, 160 Pine Street, Durban


Seoidin O'Sullivan

Seoidin O'Sullivan
Altar




Technikon Natal Fine Art Department Third and Fourth Year End-of-Year shows

It's that time of year again - when final year students from the Technikon Natal present their year-end exhibitions. Spread across Durban in old houses, warehouses and industrial sites, students animate, alter and rearrange objects and places to present, in as professional manner as possible, the fruits of their year's labours. Fourth year students kick off this year sometime on Thursday morning, November 16 when you can expect to see Stewart Barstow doing a performance based on the material excesses of our culture outside the City Hall and later that same day at 6.30 p.m. when Seoidin O'Sullivan opens an old abandoned house at 121 Stamford Hill Road in an exhibition called 'Altar'. Georgia Kotretsos' show 'Tit for Tat' at 184 Venice Road, Morningside will be open from the 17th to the 19th and reveals her initimate interactive public art to intrigue and engage the viewer. Third Year students have taken over a deserted old-age home, Kingsley Lodge, off McDonald Rd, Glenwood and worked in just about every available space.

Join the bus that will take off from the Fine Art Department, (S5 level 3), Berea Campus on Friday, November 17 for the tour after the official opening at 6 p.m. that evening.

For further details and a full schedule of other shows around town contact the Fine Art Department on (031) 2042096 and speak to Lorraine.

November 16 - 20, 2000

Venues spread across Durban


Redeye

Halloween is the theme of this month's Red Eye



Red Eye: Halloween comes to the Durban Art Gallery

With Halloween & Guy Fawkes less than two weeks apart, this month's Red Eye @rt presents the perfect opportunity to get into the "spirit" with a Halloween Celebration.The eternally creative will gain free entry to the event if they bring along their Contemporary Pumpkin Interpretations - which will be exhibited as part of the evening's entertainment, and all those in Halloween attire will be eligible for student rates at the door. A prize, sponsored by Coppin Johnson Gallery to the value of R300, will be awarded for the most imaginative entry.

The line up for the evening sees an exhibition of cartoons and animation from the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design which includes the winner of this year's VUKA Awards - Newcomer Category for Animation - Travis O'Sullivan. Also check out Legendary Cartoonist Nanda Soobben in action in a Cartoon Jam.

Music includes Reggae, Ragga Maffin & Hip Hop maestros Eric Cool Fire & DJ Rhaz as well as local Durban bands Lush Puppy & Blind Sunrise. More local flavour is added by the Amagcisa Group's performance of The Zulu Kingdom and a short piece incorporating traditional Zulu Dance by the Uyaba Dance Company, who have previously performed at both the Playhouse & SABC. Here 15 to 25 energetic youngsters under the leadership of Thokozani Makhoba make use of their talents to preserve their heritage.

For movie buffs, be sure to check out Mad Cow Productions' No Sir I Am Not On The Menu! in our mini-cinema whilst NVU Hairdressing presents A Halo Experience - a hair & fashion installation with a difference!

For more info contact Liana on : (031) 311 2264/68

6pm sharp on Friday November 3.

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.





Launch of the Durban Metro Artists in Action Residency Programme at BAT

Durban Metro and the BAT Centre invite all interested parties to the launch of the Durban Metro Artists in Action Residency Programme at BAT on Friday November 3, 2000 at 5 p.m. at the BAT Centre.

The programme will be officially launched by the Honourable Obed Mlaba, Mayor of Durban, and guests will enjoy the sounds of some of Durban's up-and-coming musicians who are currently in residence at the BAT Centre. There will also be the opportunity to view live demonstration by visual artists currently in residence at the BAT Centre's Studio.

All young, emerging artists, craftspeople, and musicians are invited to apply to the BAT Centre's new Artists in Action Residency Programme. Funded by the Durban Metro Council Department of Economic Development, this innovative 3-month pilot programme will emphasise the growth of business, technical and artistic skills. It seeks to empower artists through providing training and promoting economic self-sustainability. Also aiming to strengthen the KwaZulu Natal cultural industry.

The launch marks the latest phase in a well-established legacy of arts development initiatives at the BAT Centre. The visual arts development programme has been a major focus for the Centre since its opening. Participants from previous programmes have since established successful careers as artists showcasing their work around the world, art dealers and arts administrators establishing various arts projects.

Light refreshments will be available.

Friday, November 3, at 5 p.m.

Please RSVP by November 1st:
Thandiwe Sisilana at the BAT Centre

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Crafts Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451
E-mail: batcntre@mweb.co.za
Website: http://www.batcentre.co.za

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