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
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
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.
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:
22 October -Christopher Duigan plays Chopin 12 November - TATHAM DAY
9 December - Christmas Concert
The Fabulous Picture Show
It’s that time of the year again!
The FOTAG Committee invites all artists to start planning for the Fabulous Picture Show, an annual auction held in the Gallery to raise funds for the purchase of new art works for the Tatham Art Gallery’s permanent collection.
Final submissions: Saturday 14 October 2017
Exhibition Dates: Sunday 12 at 14h00 to Friday 24 November at 16h00.
Fabulous Picture Show Auction: Friday 24 November at 18h00
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!
The annual Fabulous Picture Show Exhibition opening will coincide with a number of other events at the gallery. These include a walkabout, concert and film. In addition the Gallery Shop and Cafe Tatham will be open. Make a day of it on Sunday 12 November!
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 →