Enjoy a superb cappuccino and cake at Cafe Tatham, browse for gifts and carefully selected craft in the Tatham Shop and if you are lucky, take in a music concert. Or simply enjoy the display of artworks in carefully curated exhibitions!

Tatham Art Gallery

The Tatham Art Gallery is one of the major art museums in South Africa. Situated in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, the Tatham Art Gallery serves the Msunduzi region through the Visual Arts.

The Tatham Art Gallery hosts a range of Art Exhibitions. These include travelling and researched exhibitions as well as exhibitions initiated by the Gallery based on art works in the permanent collection.

A major function of the Tatham Art Gallery, established in 1903, is to display art. This is accomplished through the organizing and hosting of temporary exhibitions and ongoing changes in the permanent display areas.


Exhibition : Opening Sunday 25 March

Five degrees of separation: Terri Broll, Ian Calder, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham, Louise Hall and Terence King

Schreiner Gallery
Opens Sunday 25 March at 09h30 for 10h00
Closes Sunday 20 May 2018 at 17h00

The five artists featured in this exhibition are part of an ongoing local peer mentoring and discussion group. All are former students or lecturers connected to the Centre for Visual Art at the local campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The artists’ works are connected in the first instance by the immediacy of communicating via marks on a canvas or other support. The works, although based in observation, display differing degrees of realism, so as to amplify the interpretive possibilities of the subject.


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Concerts: Wednesday 21 & Sunday 25 March

Wednesday 21 March 11h30  HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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The Magical Musical World of Claude Debussy
Christopher Duigan plays an exploration of music by Debussy on the 100th anniversary of his death on 25 March 1918. This will includes ‘Clair de lune’ and ‘The Sunken Cathedral’.
Sunday 25 March 11:30 am  
TATHAM ART GALLERY, Pietermaritzburg

Tickets: R80 Secure Parking
Booking is preferred : booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Make a day of it and enjoy coffee or lunch at Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch. Booking for lunch is essential - Call Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.

Current Exhibitions from the Collection


Time - Place - Culture

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.

  • Perimeter Gallery

Vessels and Containers

 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

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 environ

Any two or more paintings in this display invite comparison and discussion.

  • Lorna Ferguson Room


Walkabouts & Lectures

The Tatham Art Gallery was thrilled to host Prof Federico Freschi in two presentations at the Gallery.  Prof Freschi is Executive Dean: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at the University of Johannesburg and was the South African curator of the recent Matisse Exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery. Johannesburg.

On Friday 1 September Prof Ian Calder presented an illustrated talk and walkabout on Rorke’s Drift Ceramics.   A well-known craft centre was established there by Scandinavian missionaries and teachers in the 1960s, The ceramics studio became well-known for its unique fusion of African and Western styles and techniques. 


Music Revival in association with Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) present a regular monthly concert which usually takes place on the last Sunday of each month.

Dates included  for Sundays in 2018 are:
28 January - The Gershwin Songbook
25 February - Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata
25 March - Claude Debussy 1918 / 2018
22 April - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
3 June - Twenty Not So Popular Piano Solos
1 July - David Salleras (saxophone)


The Fabulous Picture Show

Thank you to everyone, artists and buyers,  who supported our annual fund-raising project  'The Fabulous Picture Show' 2017!

Total Amount raised after costs: R 109 705!

Learn more at www.fotag.co.za. 

Film Club

Lecture Theatre
Season One 2018
Tuesdays 6 February to 17 April (except 3 April)

On Tuesdays from 18h00, FilmClub patrons can enjoy a light, inexpensive supper in Café Tatham. FilmClub charges a nominal R35 per show, with subscribers enjoying a substantial discount. Booking is essential as the venue can only hold 50 people. 

FilmClub aims to foster an understanding and appreciation of cinema as an art form. Each screening is preceded by a short introduction that draws viewers’ attention to the salient aspects of the film they are about to view. 


antonvdhoven@gmail.com or
033 343 1355 / 083 233 2663

  Introductory talk before a film screening

 Introductory talk before a film screening

Lectures and Talks

Lecture Theatre
Selected Saturdays at 11h00

A programme of exciting and varied Saturday talks has been scheduled for 2018. Booking is essential.

17 February    
Michael O’Connor: The history of Pietermaritzburg Schools

03 March  
Alleyn Diesel: What is Paganism?

10 March    
Michael O’Connor : The history of Pietermaritzburg Churches 

17 March    
Marcus Kruger: Considering Form and Function in Furniture Design

07 April    
Alleyn Diesel: Humanism

or 033 392 2819 (except Mondays)


A FOTAG Fund Raising Event

THE FAMOUS ANNUAL FOTAG QUIZ on Friday 8 SEPTEMBER  was a grand success.  A capacity audience were entertained by Quiz master and political columnist  William Saunderson-Meyer. Thanks to everyone who supported FOTAG and a big thank you to our sponsors who supported us so generously with donated prizes!


The Permanent Collection

A selection of the Tatham Art Gallery's permanent collection is always on display. Work by South African and European artists is displayed upstairs. The work of KwaZulu-Natal artists is displayed downstairs. A selection of ceramics is displayed in the Ceramics Room.

The Main Exhibition Room

The Tatham Art Gallery displays major exhibitions in the Main Exhibition Room downstairs. Exhibitions change on a regular basis. These include travelling and researched exhibitions showing the works of groups or individual artists of significance. There are also exhibitions organised by the Gallery that draw on the works in the permanent collection or from artists of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Schreiner Gallery

The Schreiner Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to smaller temporary exhibitions. Artists may apply to use this space for solo or group exhibitions.

Visit the EXHIBITIONS page here for more and for requirements if you wish to apply.


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.   Continue reading →



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