Archive: Issue No. 123, November 2007

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Bank Gallery

Carol Allen and Henrietta Hamilton at the opening

Bank Gallery

Robert Sember and Andries Botha at the opening

Bank Gallery

Music at Spiga d'Oro restaurant where some of the guests had dinner

Bank Gallery

After the opening - dinner at Spiga d-Oro

Bank Gallery opens in Durban
by Carol Brown

The public opening of the Bank Gallery took place on Thursday October 25. On opening night the space was jam-packed with the elite of Durban and the social set were all dressed to the nines. A review of the opening show by Andries Botha is included in this month's issue. The gallery is indeed a beautiful space in the true white cube tradition. It is literally a glowing white space and has been professionally set up and exudes glamour. According to the opening speech, the gallery is set to put Durban on the map. They have an exciting line-up for the next eight months which includes our own sub-editor, Paul Edmunds who hasn't shown in Durban since 1994. Other exhibitions to expect include Stephen Hobbs, Jeremy Wafer and some group shows.

Durban is currently buzzing with artists and new exhibition spaces at the moment while the established ones keep going with exciting programmes and the Bank Gallery is a welcome addition to the city. The Santu Mofokeng exhibition at the DAG has drawn large numbers and Johannes Phokela's show at the KZNSA is causing a buzz with its challenging work. The collaboration between the KZNSA and Gallery Momo has been a productive one and I hear there is more to come. Let's also remember artSPACE's exciting venture with Berlin which is a great opportunity for our artists to show in Europe.