This eclectic display of British, French and South African art works spans more than three centuries. Each art work has its own story to tell.Still Life with Omega Flowers (1919), by the English artist Roger Fry, was purchased in London for the Gallery’s collection in 1985. This painting extends the Gallery’s collection of British Post-Impressionist art works.
- Perimeter Gallery
Part of the current display is a historic overview of 20th century South African commercial potteries. These potteries, of which few still operate, played an important part in South African society between the two World Wars. Viewers interested in the history of design will find a fascinating fusion of European and African influences.
- Ceramics Room
This display, selected from the Gallery’s permanent collection, features landscape paintings by South African artists. Any two or more paintings in this display invite comparison and discussion.
- Lorna Ferguson Room
KZN Midlands Matric Art Exhibition
This annual exhibition is a selection of art works by Matric art students from local schools. On display will be drawings, paintings, installations, prints, digital images, three dimensional works and creations that sometimes defy traditional description. This healthy youthful search for innovation makes a visit to the exhibition an exciting experience.
- Main Gallery
- Opens: Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 18h00
- Closes: Sunday 30 July 2017 at 17h00
Celebrating South African Women Artists
The Gallery celebrates Women’s Month with an exhibition of art works created by South African women artists. This selection from the permanent collection reveals a broad range of themes, media and techniques explored by women artists over the past one hundred years.
The illustrations below show some of the powerful images created by artists such as Henriette Ngako, Judith Mason-Attwood, and Josephine Ghesa.
- Main Gallery
- Opens: Tuesday 8 August 2017 at 10h00
- Closes: Sunday 29 October 2017 at 17h00
Siliva Zulu: Historical Images from Zululand
Siliva Zulu is an extraordinary photographic exhibition of original pictures taken in Zululand in 1927 by Italian anthropologist Lidio Cipriani. A component of the exhibition is the silent movie, Siliva Zulu, which has been completely restored and digitalized. The movie was screened in 2015 at the IMPAC Festival at the Open Window Institute in Johannesburg. This exhibition has been made possible by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Pretoria, in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society, Pietermaritzburg.
- Schreiner Gallery
- Opens: Sunday 20 August 2017 at 11h00
- Closes: Sunday 24 September 2017 at 17h00
The Tatham Art Gallery has an extensive Education and Outreach programme, including art classes for the youth, Art Educator training , an Artist’s Forum and Lectures and talks.
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From the Director's Desk
Photo: Jonathan Burton
We honour the memory of one of South Africa’s great artists, Judith Mason-Attwood, who died in December 2016. Throughout her career Judith was politically aware and motivated by a strong social conscience. These are reflected in her major installation, From the Tombs of the Pharaohs of Johannesburg, in the Gallery’s permanent collection. The work, illustrated on our front cover, contains items salvaged from the Crown and Rand Mines in Johannesburg, sites of suffering for thousands of migrant workers. She comments on capitalist industrialization, but “tries to depict an episode in history with dignity and aggressiveness and pathos.”