Visual Arts


The `new look' NSA Newsart is a welcome addition to the arts scene of KZN. It's available free of charge to NSA members. Newsart will be pub-lished six times per annum and it should be an incentive to join one of KZN's most active cultural organisations. D'ARTS congratulates the editorial and design team on a splendid publication.


A retrospective exhibition of one of South Africa's most distinguished artists, Azaria Mbatha, will be opened at the Durban Art Gallery on October 14 at 18h00 by the Swedish Ambassador to remain until November 29 (see p.1).

KZN born Azaria Mbatha (57) studied at the ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorke's Drift. After moving to Sweden to study, he returned briefly to Rorke's Drift where he taught for a year from 1967 to 1968 before settling permanently in Sweden.

The retrospective exhibition traces his development as an artist from the period of his first (now extremely rare) linocuts, created at the Ceza Mission Hospital where he spent time early on in his life as a patient, right up until the 1990s. Works have been borrowed from nearly all the major South African art museum collections, from KZN private collectors and from Azaria's own collection.

This exhibition is distinctive in that it includes works created in media other than linocuts such as screenprints, etchings and, rarer still, drawings. The majority of these works have never been seen before.


From the time that Azaria cut his first linocut in 1963 to the present, there has been a continuity of interaction between him and the African Art Centre. Together with the BAT Centre, the AAC will celebrate Azaria's work in conjunction with the DAG's retros-pective. Both venues will stage an exhibition of his prints which will be for sale. Each centre will show different aspects of his work and from different periods.

Both exhibitions open at the ACC on Wednesday 21 (AAC at 17h30 and BAT Centre at 19h30).


Whoever thought one would clap eyes on people actually standing in a queue to see art in Durban? But that's what you'll see outside the Durban Art Gallery on the first Friday of every month when the DAG becomes the RedEye Art Gallery.

RedEye Art is an initiative to involve the under-40's in the activities of the DAG and it's working a treat. The next RedEye Art on October 2 at 18h00 fea-tures work by Braam Clegg, Lene Tempelhoff, Brendon Bussy, Javen Duncan, Allistair Thomson, Lance Slabbert and Trevor Shell. Performing will be Aldo Brincat, Poison Us and Mamba Culture as well as Siwela Sonke, Bernard Ayisa and Evenflow. There will also be a fashion installation.

Membership of RedEye Art is R25 a year (students R10). If there is such a thing as `cultured rave', this is it!

For more information contact Suzy on 23-7297 or e-mail: or Riason Naidoo on 300-6238.


The Durban Centre for Photography will host an installation by Carol Lynne Duveen from October 18 to November 5. This multi-media work comprises 20 cloth panels hung on a handmade washing line and secured with carved wooden pegs.

In the centre of the room will stand an austere, single bed and a standing bedside lamp alongside it. The quilt covering the bed is made from X-ray plates, crocheted together.

Another feature is a curtain made from gelatine capsules and beads. Each of the 20 cloth panels is made from photo-graphs transferred onto seedcloth and then embroidered with added text. Duveen says that the motivation behind her artwork is intensely personal, but deals with universal issues such as the eternal cycle of nature, birth and death, human values and frailties as well as ease and disease.


Opening in the Tatham Art Gallery on October 23 to run until November 15 in the West Gallery, is an exhibition titled Works on Paper. This is a Phemba Kahle project encouraging senior school pupils to document the lives of people whom they consider to have played a positive role in their communities.

The project is a series of educational workshops in visual arts and writing.


The Upper South Coast Art Association (USCAA) holds monthly meetings in the Activities Room at the Amanzimtoti Civic Centre at 19h00. The next meeting takes place on October 6 when Loraine Goss-Ross will discuss Cubism.

Phone Henriett Wolmarans on 96-2029.


Swedish photographer Joakim Eskildsen will discuss photography in the Nordic countries on October 7 at 19h00 at the Durban Centre for Photography at the NSA Galleries. Entrance is R10 (R5 NSA members and students).

The DCP will also introduce the Shuttle '99 concept and present various projects.

Until 1999, Shuttle 99 represents a Nor-dic cultural exchange programme with South Africa - each country being res-ponsible for a different arts sector by designing projects with SA partners: Denmark (dance and theatre); Finland (photography and video); Iceland (lite-rature), Norway (music), and Sweden (visual arts education).

The Nordic Council of Ministers has allocated a budget of R4m for this pro-ject and additional funding will be found where possible by the individual coun-tries corresponding to their various projects. Shuttle 99 will end in 1999 with joint cultural events around South Africa.

Further information on the webpage:


If you didn't get a chance to see the superb exhibition of works by Swiss photo-journalist Werner Bischof seen recently at the NSA Gallery, then you can catch them at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg until October 18.

Werner Bischof (1916-1954) was one of the most outstanding photographers of the post World-War II period, setting new standards in photo-journalism.

The exhibition contains over 150 images and portrays landmarks in Bischof's artistic works as well as successive stages in a career which led him from studio photographer to committed photo-journalist. The exhibition has been sponsored by the Swiss Embassy.


Paul Weinberg, award-winning local photo-journalist, will discuss this documentary genre with the aid of slides and with reference to the work of Werner Bischof on October 10 at 10h00. He will also examine the Magnum Photo Agency, which included photographers Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

A film on Werner Bischof will be screened at the Tatham on October 13 and October 15 at 13h10. Entrance is free.


The NSA Main and Mezzanine Galleries have an exhibition of new works from the Stepping Stone Press curated by Greg Hayes. Artists represented are Bronwen Findlay, Andries Botha, Stembiso Sibisi, Tito Zungu, Jose Ferreira, Greg Streak, Deryck Healey and Douglas Goode. The exhibition runs until October 15.


An art exhibition in aid of the SPCA will be held at the La Lucia Mall from October 28 to 30.

For more details, ring 81-2336.


Opening in October at the well-known Hilton Hotel in Hilton, the Trade Routes Gallery is more than its name suggests.

Jointly owned by Tim Hagger and Terry Hilterman, who also owns Hilton Hotel, Trade Routes will exhibit works of popular artists, sculptors, potters and crafters such as Izzy Duarte, Bobby Lawrence, Ian Glenny, Allan Hallett, Richard Rennie and Bill Ashton.

"Included in the gallery will be a pub where one can enjoy a draught beer made just up the road at the Nottingham Road brewery or sip a glass of fine Cape estate wine," says Terry.

A continental breakfast will be available until 12h00 and, thereafter, light entreés until 15h00. The gallery will also serve as an information and booking centre for attractions in the Midlands.

Gallery hours are Tues to Fri 09h00 to 17h00, weekends and public holidays, 09h30 to 18h00. For details phone Tim Hagger on (0331) 42-1604.


The Images of Remembrance running from October 5 to 23 at the Technikon Natal Art Gallery pays tribute to the many people in KZN who contributed significantly to the liberation struggle. The original idea for the exhibition was conceived by Rogers Ragaven, assistant vice principal at Technikon Natal, who spent many years in exile overseas.

The motivation of the show is to capture the "spirit" of resistance and to honour the courageous efforts and sacrifices made by the participants, many of whom have not been acknowledged. Through recognition of this spirit this is therefore a most significant exhibition.

The Images of Remembrance has been made possible through major support has from local and overseas sponsors.

Musicians appearing at the opening on October 3 at 13h30 will be Faith Manzi and Group who will be joined by Tech-nikon Natal groups Joy (led by Thulani Ndela) as well as Nathi and Friends.


Regular open-air art exhibitions at the Pavilion Site on the Marine Parade support local charities.

Art Alfresco takes place on October 16 while Art by the Sea (held on alternate weekends) is held on October 11 and 25. Art Alfresco can be seen at the Village Green in Umhlanga on October 4.

The proceeds go to the National Cancer Association (Art Alfresco) and the Child Welfare Society (Art by the Sea).


To coincide with the Archafrica inter-national conference of architects at Durban's ICC, the NSA Galleries will showcase the works of artists and architects who explore the language of the built urban environment.

In the Mezzanine Gallery Lines in Space comprise drawings and sculptures by Lene Templehoff and Brendon Bussy, while the NSA Contemporary Showcase will carry an exhibition of paintings by Durban artist (and architect) Mary Greening titled Pedestrian Landscapes.

The Durban Centre for Photography (at NSA Galleries) will host an installation by Carol Lynne Duveen (see separate article).

All four exhibitions open on October 18 to run until November 5.


Running until October 14 at the Durban Art Gallery is the Heritage Exhibition. Artists were invited to bring in artwork such as sculpture, clay ceramic, painting and beadwork etc. in any material or medium to illustrate the theme of Africa Renaissance through cultural art.


The National Creative Arts Youth Festival's visual art exhibition was on view last month at the Technikon Natal Art Gallery. A high standard of work was received in the various categories. Winners were as follows (first, second and third, where applicable):

Grade 5: Primrose Nombika (Esibanini), Fateema Osman and Jeffery Timm (both from Crawford Carmel).

Grade 6: Jared Vryenhoek (Crawford Carmel) and Chili Vusi (Esibanini).

Grade 7: Angela Smith (Atholl Heights); Lindokuhle Zwane (Zimisele SP School) and Khalil Abdool (Crawford Carmel).

Grade 8: No entries.

Grade 9: Ishani Khoosal (Westville Girls High) and Lisa Delport (Northlands Girls High).

Grade 10: Shawn Thaboni (New Forest), Leigh Anne de Wet and Candice Bristow (both Maris Stella).

Grade 11: Leigh Collier (Pinetown Girls' High), Samantha Breakspear (Westville Girls' High) and Courtney Tarbotton (New Forest High).

Grade 12: Andrea Kilian (Westville Girls' High), Sindy Gumede (Ridge Park College) and Stephen Craig (Kearsney College).

Under 22: Fikakahle Tweba, Kirsten Joubert and Liana Turner (all from Technikon Natal).


Ningizimu School for the Severely Mentally Handicapped will present the opening of their popular annual A4 art exhibition in the Playhouse Drama foyer at 17h30 on October 5.

The Department of Arts & Culture pro-mised funding in 1997 for this year's event to be held at another venue but this finance has not been forthcoming. Orga-nisers Paddy Meskin and Constance Ngubane and Robin Opperman (respec-tively principal and art teacher of Ningizimu) have therefore had to subsidise the event themselves.

"The students have produced some out-standing work, so I am very pleased that with the support of the Playhouse Com-pany, we have been able to rescue the event," says Robin Opperman.

The exhibition runs from October 6 to 11 and will coincide with the Reachout dance programme.

(Ed note: Don't miss this exhibition, it's proof that art triumphs over disability.)