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.


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

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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.

An illustrated talk "Matisse’s Rhythms and Meaning" was held  on Thursday 27 July and a walkabout of the 'South African Landscape' in the Lorna Ferguson Room on Friday 28 July at 14h30.

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 are:
1 October
22 October -Christopher Duigan plays Chopin 12 November - TATHAM DAY
26 November
9 December - Christmas Concert


The Fabulous Picture Show

Thank you to everyone who supported The Fabulous Picture Show 2017 - artists and buyers!

Total Amount raised after costs: R 109 705!

The top 10 selling artists in order were:

  • Deborah Bell
  • Beth Diane Armstrong
  • Walter Oltmann
  • Hussein Salim
  • Corina Lemmer    
  • Heather Gourlay-Conyngham    
  • Diane Victor
  • Terence King
  • Clive Sithole    
  • Kobie Venter
  • Siyabonga Sikosana    
  • Raja Oshi

Learn more at www.fotag.co.za. 

Film Club

Season Three: Tuesdays 12 September to 14 November 2017 at 19h00 (except 10 October)

Lovers of good movies meet on Tuesday nights at the Tatham Art Gallery. Each screening is preceded by a short introduction that draws viewers’ attention to the salient aspects of the film they are about to view.

From 18h00 patrons can enjoy a light supper in Café Tatham for R45, excluding drinks. FilmClub charges a nominal R35 per show, with subscribers enjoying a substantial discount. Booking is essential as the lecture theatre can only accommodate 50 people.

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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!

Christmas Concert

Andy Capostagno with Bongiwe Madlala (soprano),  Erin Fourie (vocals) & pianist, Christopher Duigan (piano)

Wednesday 20 December 7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery
Tickets : R150 includes refreshments
Booking : Bryony 033 392 2825 (mornings only) or  email at Bryony.Clark@msunduzi.gov.za 
Secure parking



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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