British artists Neville Gabie and Alastair Whitton will present an exhibition titled Material Evidence from June 8 to 26 at the NSA Gallery in which they explore memory and geography, reflecting their respective experience of South Africa.

Gabie's concern is for the urban and rural landscape and, for him, the making of sculpture is a means of exploration. He uses it as a tool, picking away at the fabric of a place in order to come to an understanding of it.

A past graduate of the Royal College of Art, he was recently involved in a ex-change programme lecturing in Techni-kon Natal's sculpture department. His work in this exhibition is all based on his eight month stay in Durban during 1996.


Alastair Whitton was born in Scotland but has spent the greater part of his life in South Africa. He is a sculpture graduate of Natal Technikon School of Fine Art and was the 1994 recipient of the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship. He subsequently studied at the Glasgow School of Fine Art in 1995 on an MFA exchange programme.

His contribution to Material Evidence notes his response to the South African landscape and the fragile, often threa-tening environment surrounding him.

After the NSA showing, the exhibition moves to the Tatham Art Gallery, Pieter-maritzburg, from July 3-27 and the Africus Institute for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg from August 8-29.


The following workshops are offered by the Durban Art Gallery. Times are from 09h00 to 12h00 and booking is essential by phoning 300-6235.

June 4 & 5: Fabric Painting. Meet in the foyer of Durban Art Gallery - R35.

June 4 & 5: Flower Arranging (for teens and adults) Educentre - R35.

June 9 & 10: Zulu Beadmaking (for teenagers) Educentre - R10.

June 11 & 12: Ceramic painting - paint a plate. Educentre - R30.

June 17 & 18: Weaving - weave with wool and create a wall hanging (for teens and adults), Educentre - R20.

June 18 & 19: Stained Glass (for teenagers). Educentre - R10.

June 24 & 15: Zulu Beadmaking (for teens and adults). Educentre - R20.

June 26: Paper Mosaic (for teenagers). Educentre - R5.

Except for the fabric painting class, all workshops will be held at the Educentre, 5th Floor, Colonial Towers, Mark Lane.


The Tatham Art Gallery in Pieter-maritzburg is currently giving promi-nence to artworks by senior secondary pupils from Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands by hosting a special school's exhibition for this region.

The artworks selected demonstrate the wide range of approaches, media and techniques explored in matric courses throughout KZN. This diversity is reflec-ted in the many disciplines represented in the exhibition, including painting, sculp-ture, graphic design and printmaking.

An interesting addition to the exhibition is a section of works by art teachers themselves.

There is also a special display focusing on careers that students can pursue in art put together by local art teacher Val Maggs with the assistance of the fine art and history of art department of the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

The exhibition runs until June 15.


Sponsored by Agfa and Express Fotos, the 100 best entries to the Wildlife Society's Durban Bay photographic will go on show at the BAT Centre from June 17. Pictures could reflect any aspect of the Bay or any of its many moods and the selector was Guillermo de Yavorsky, UNESCO-appointed artist-in-residence at BAT. After the exhibition the photo-graphs will form part of a special commemorative calendar.

The Wildlife Society's exhibition follows Laduma/Goal - South African football an engine to change an exhibition of South African soccer in photography by Guillermo which runs until June 16 at the BAT Centre.

Yavorsky's work so impressed SAFA that he was invited to join Bafana Bafana on their current international tour.


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