From the Director's Desk
Once again we present an extensive programme of exhibitions and educational activities at the Gallery.
The theme of our Building History exhibition is being explored by the Friday art class and groups from tertiary education institutions in Pietermaritzburg. The annual KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Matric Art exhibition includes some very exciting depictions of old Pietermaritzburg buildings made by learners from Russell Girls’ High, produced during 2014.
We host a retrospective exhibition of art works by Ben Nsusha, an artist with strong links to KwaZulu-Natal, and an exhibition of art works by Muzi Ndlela, a young self-trained artist from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Both artists will be in residence during part of the time their exhibitions are on display.
Ben Nsusha will also conduct a workshop with primary school art educators as part of a programme which aims to increase the skills base of educators. We have received generous support for this programme from two KwaZulu-Natal provincial departments, Arts and Culture, and Education.
Lorna Peirson was well known nationally as a tireless promoter of art education in black schools through her training of black art educators. During her retirement she committed the same energy to her own painting until her death last year. Our memorial exhibition is a tribute to Lorna’s personal creativity.
We would like to thank Alleyn Diesel for her ongoing series of illustrated talks and Anton van der Hoven of FilmClub. The upgrade to our lecture theatre is proving well the effort and expense.
The Gallery will now open on a trial basis at 09h00 on Tuesdays to Sundays until the end of August this year. If supported, these hours will become permanent.