Current Exhibitions

Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton

Artist Carola Gordon (née Brotherton) was born in India in 1940 but grew up in Pietermaritzburg. In the 1960s, when she was a student and teacher at the Department of Fine Art, University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), she created art works around many old inner city buildings.

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Opens: Sunday 7 February at 10h30 for 11h00
  • Closes: Sunday 22 May at 17h00

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The Art of Democracy: 20 Years of Collecting

This exhibition of selected art works acquired since 1994 celebrates the diversity of collecting for the Gallery's permanent collection. Smaller works can be overlooked, but are nonetheless equally compelling. Peter Machen's triptych, Forgotten Herstories of KwaZulu-Natal, is an example of how the creative process invites us to consider alternatives to our preconceptions of the role of women in our history. In these digital images, fiction is presented as fact.

  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Closes Sunday 10 April 2016 at 17h00

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The South African Landscape

This display, selected from the Gallery's permanent collection, features landscape paintings by South African artists. The paintings are as varied as the South African landscape, and show many different ways in which artists engage with their environment. To a greater or lesser degree, all of them deal with abstraction. Some images are easily readable as particular places while others merely suggest space. All retain an abiding respect for the two-dimensionality of the painted surface.

  • 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, individually or in groupings along related themes. Even isolated details provide food for thought.

  • Perimeter Gallery

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Contrasts: Vessels and Containers

The large and varied body of ceramics in the permanent collection of the Tatham Art Gallery ranges from old Oriental and European porcelain and stoneware to African earthenware. The vessels and containers in the present display are all of South African origin, chosen to emphasise contrasts and similarities.

  • Ceramics Room

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Events and News

Film Club

Building on the success of its pilot programme, FilmClub will run three 12-week seasons in 2016, with the first beginning at 19h00 on Tuesday 2 February. Seats are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The films are shown in the Tatham lecture theatre and patrons will be able to enjoy a light supper of soup and bread in the Café Tatham from 18h00. FilmClub aims to bring the best of world cinema to Pietermaritzburg audiences and each screening is preceded by a short introduction that draws viewers' attention to the salient aspects of the film they are about to view.

  • Tatham Art Gallery Lecture Theatre
  • Season 1: 02 February to 19 April 2016
  • Tuesday evenings at 19h00
  • R35 per person

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