Current Exhibitions

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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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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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

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

Illustrated talks by Alleyn Diesel to celebrate Pietermaritzburg's Religious traditions

The Tatham Art Gallery will be hosting a series of illustrated talks by Alleyn Diesel which will celebrate Pietermaritzburg's Religious traditions.

Cost is R30 per person per talk, and booking is required to ensure that the venue is not over booked. Please email Bryony Clark :, or call 033 392 2825 (mornings only) or 033 392 2828.

  • Saturday 7 November - The Christian Presence : 11h00
  • Saturday 5 December - Firewalking and Female Divinities in the Hindu Tradition : 10h30

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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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