Current Exhibitions

The Art of Democracy: 20 Years of Collecting

This exhibition will close in September and reopen in December this year. A selection of art works from the permanent collection acquired and/or accessioned since 1994 is displayed in all areas of the Gallery. These art works are identified by coloured labels.

  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Closes Sunday 06 September at 17h00
  • Reopens Friday 11 December at 10h00

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Generous Friends

For the last 30 years, the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) has generously assisted the Gallery to acquire works for its permanent collection. This has occurred particularly at times when funding from the Municipality for the purchase of art works has been reduced or cut altogether.

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Closes Sunday 23 August at 17h00

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The South African Landscape

The paintings on view reflect two fundamentally different approaches to painting the landscape. Some are painted from direct observation and others in a way where nature has been changed by the very act of painting. In this case, the artists aim to represent the landscape in such a way that its essential character is retained, but that it is also changed through the personal expression of the artist.

  • Lorna Ferguson Room

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Juxtaposition: style - metaphor - format

This selection from the Gallery's permanent collection includes portraits, landscapes and still-life paintings. Art works in different media and from different times, both European and South African, hang side by side to provide a juxtaposition of style, metaphor and format. The display can be viewed as a whole, singly or in groupings along related themes. Even isolated details provide food for thought.

  • Perimeter Gallery

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Contrasts: Vessels and Containers

For this display we have selected South African vessels and containers: Zulu beer pots, Rorke's Drift and Ardmore ceramics, pieces made by students and teachers of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a selection of commercial studio ceramics. You are invited to compare differences in material, method, size and texture whilst contemplating functional or decorative intent.

  • Ceramics Room
  • On view from Friday 17 July at 10h00

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Forthcoming Exhibitions

Homage to the Centre for Visual Art (CVA), University of KwaZulu-Natal

This exhibition honours the contribution to artistic production by staff and students of the Centre for Visual Art (CVA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • On view from Friday 28 August at 10h00
  • Closes Sunday 11 October at 17h00 (Schreiner Gallery only)

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Kemang Wa Lehulere: History will break your heart
Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2015

Kemang Wa Lehulere's work finds its form in several media, including installation, text, video, drawing and performance. His work engages with spaces between personal narrative and collective history, between processes of amnesia and archive, all the while transitioning between the dream state and reality.

  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Opens Sunday 20 September at 10h30 for 11h00
  • Closes Sunday 01 November at 17h00

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WP van Heerden: Shattered Views

In the Shattered Views series, the artist explores the inequalities of the country in which we live, observing small injustices that remain as a legacy of past wrongs. Each naive narrative painting is a subtle mockery of the status quo that keeps South Africans in a state of separation and mutual suspicion.

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Opens Sunday 18 October at 10h30 for walkabout at 11h00
  • Closes Sunday 06 December at 17h00

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FOTAG's Fabulous Picture Show 2015

Once again the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) present the annual Fabulous Picture Show, an auction of art works, the proceeds from which assist in growing the Gallery's permanent collection. Artists are encouraged to donate up to three original art works. The Friday evening auction is a hectic and exciting occasion as buyers attempt to outbid one another in order to secure their favourite works. We encourage you all to support this fund raising initiative.

  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Opens Sunday 15 November at 11h00
  • On view Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 November from 10h00 to 16h00
  • Auction Friday 20 November at 18h00

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Events and News

Pop-UP! Open Weekend

The Tatham Shop will be open all weekend, as will Café Tatham.
A concert is planned for Sunday 06 December, and WP Van Heerden will be artist-in-residence in the Schreiner Gallery, so don't miss this opportunity watch him and ask questions.

  • Saturday 05 and Sunday 06 December from 10h00 to 16h00

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The Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (MACS): Wearable Art

The Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (MACS) is hosting a creative dinner evening on Saturday 24th October 2015. MACS will be showcasing creative body coverings made by various artists, both well known as well as some who are still testing the waters.

  • Lorna Ferguson Room
  • Saturday 24th October

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