Tatham Art Gallery Staff
The Tatham Art Gallery is run by a small compliment of dedicated staff. Their details are available here.
Tatham Art Gallery Staff
Telephone and Fax:
Tel: +27 33 392 2800/1
Fax: +27 33 394 9831
Staff working hours are from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday
Please contact the relevant person for an appointment
Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Rd. opposite City Hall
P.O. Box 321
Brendan Bell - Director
Brendan has been Director of the Gallery since March 1992. Prior to that he had a varied career as teacher, museum education officer and farmer. He has worked in South African art museums for some 30 years. He has a BA (Fine Art) and MA (History of Art) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Brendan's duties as Director include managing all aspects of the Gallery's functioning, particularly the permanent collections. Current projects include setting up a database of the permanent collection, documenting the work and lives of KwaZulu-Natal artists, and working on publications which deal with the history of acquisitions to the permanent collection. Recent publications include comprehensive, illustrated catalogues of the Tatham collection and the craft of KwaZulu-Natal. Brendan is also the current chairperson of the Natal Arts Trust.
Bryony Clark - Assistant Director
Bryony has worked at the Gallery since 1988. She began in a temporary capacity as Research Officer and has been the Assistant Director since early 1992. Prior to this, she went to the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg where she obtained a BA and a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science. She has subsequently studied History of Art through UNISA and is currently completing a qualification in Ceramic and Object Conservation.
Bryony's responsibilities at the Gallery include exhibitions, staff issues, the Board of Trustees, liaison with the Friends of Tatham Art Gallery, and overseeing the running of the Gallery Shop. When not at the Gallery she enjoys riding her bicycle, open water swimming and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Pinky Madlabane-Nkabinde - Education Officer
Pinky has been employed at the Gallery since the end of 2009. She graduated from the University of Durban-Westville with a BA Fine Arts degree in 1999 and has an Abet Certificate with Project Management from UNISA. After graduating she worked with the Tatham and Durban Art Galleries on art education projects.
Pinky taught Art and History of Art for six years at Ekudubekeni High School in Ulundi, and from 2007 to 2009 she worked for the Department of Arts and Culture. Her Tatham Art Gallery duties include putting together educational exhibitions, running youth art classes and an artists’ forum. She has recently completed a course in English language proficiency. Pinky is married to Mlungisi Nkabinde and the couple has three young children.
Reena Bhoodram - Education Officer
Reena has been employed at the Gallery since November 2013. Prior to this she taught for 25 years at various schools and from July 2012 to October 2013 worked as Education Officer for the Msunduzi Museum. Reena has a Teacher’s Diploma from the Transvaal College of Education and a Higher Diploma in Computer Studies from Springfield College of Education. Over the years she has attended various courses to further her skills, such as Library and Information Science and Computer skills.
Her Tatham Art Gallery duties centre around Educational activities. Her other interests include reading and baking. She is married and enjoys spending time with her family.
Kobie Venter - Temporary Education Officer
Kobie grew up and was educated at Stellenbosch, where she obtained a B.A. Degree (psychology and languages), as well as a Teacher’s Diploma, from that University. After her marriage she and her family lived in Zululand for five years, before moving around the country. When they came to live in Pietermaritzburg in the early seventies she studied Fine Art, and later Educational Psychology, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
After retiring from teaching in the late nineties, Kobie started helping out at the Gallery, where she is still employed on a full time temporary basis. Her duties centre around strategic planning, educational activities and training. Her interests include writing and painting, and she enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.
Phumlani Ntshangase - Technical Officer
Ntuthuko Nkabane - Assistant Technical Officer
Ntuthuko has been working full time at the Gallery on a contract basis since 2007, but from 2004 he was annually involved in the Echo Craft Bazaar as a temporary employee for three months of the year. He grew up on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, where he matriculated.
Ntuthuko obtained a National Certificate in Civil Engineering from the Umgungundlovu FET College in Pietermaritzburg. He has also studied computer literacy and safety management, and recently completed an English proficiency course with the University of KwaZulu-Natal Language Centre. His area of expertise is practical problem solving. For recreation he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Vimla Moodley - Administrative Officer
Vimla has been working at the Gallery since 1999. She grew up on a farm in the Peacevale area and matriculated in Durban, where she also obtained a Secretarial Diploma. Over the years she attended various courses to further her skills, such as Pastel Accounting, Pastel Payroll and communication skills. Her most recent qualification is a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, specializing in management, through UNISA.
Vimla coordinates and controls the TAG Board of Trustees and Municipality's administrative and financial functionalities for the Gallery. Her interests range from line dancing to cooking, décor and floral arrangements. She is married and loves spending time with her family, especially going on holiday excursions with them.
Mary Kleinenberg – Tatham Shop
Mary Kleinenberg manages all aspects of the Tatham Shop. She retired in 2001 having worked for The Association for Rural Advancement for 10 years, some of those as Director. Brendan Bell asked if she would help in the shop over the Christmas period in 2002 and she agreed thinking that it was not something she wanted to do on a permanent basis; however, she is still there and enjoying the challenge.
Mary particularly enjoys talking to crafters about their work, and finding new, exciting and interesting craft. What she finds most difficult is saying no to people who have obviously put a lot of effort into their craft but it is either not up to the Tatham’s exacting standards or it simply won’t sell. When Mary is not pounding away at the computer in the shop, or talking to crafters and shoppers, she is digging in her garden where she attempts to grow vegetables and indigenous plants.