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Tatham Art Gallery
The Tatham Art Gallery is one of the major art museums in South Africa. This art museum is funded by the Msunduzi Municipality and belongs to the residents of Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. The Tatham Art Gallery serves the Msunduzi region through the Visual Arts.
A major function of the Tatham Art Gallery, established in 1903, is to display art. This is accomplished through the hosting of a range of art exhibitions. These include travelling and researched exhibitions as well as exhibitions initiated by the Gallery, and based on art works in the permanent collection.
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 →
Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery - FOTAG
For FOTAG to continue publicising the Gallery activities, we need your subscription. Subscriptions run from July 2019 until the end of June 2020. If you join now, your subscription will be valid until the end of June 2020. The subscription form can be found here!
Temporary Exhibition Proposals for 2020
The Schreiner Gallery in the Tatham Art Gallery is a tem- porary exhibition space for artists and art groups. Artists are invited to submit portfolio presentations for next year to the Exhibitions Committee, which meets in July 2019. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 July 2019 at 16h00. Terms, conditions and a proposal form can be found here
Sundays at 11h30
Lorna Ferguson Room
30 Jun - Schubert’s Trout Quintet
28 July - Junnan Sun (clarinet)
The Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG), in association with Music Revival, present a regular monthly concert which usually takes place on the last Sunday of each month.
The concerts highlight and showcase the Shigeru Kawai grand piano recently purchased by the Gallery. This ensures the continuation of highly successful and engaging concerts for local audiences at the Tatham.
Visit www.musicrevival.co.za for all details.
Sunday concerts at the Tatham Art Gallery now offer free tickets for children and students. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult and booking is still preferred.
Current Temporary Exhibitions
Current Temporary Exhibitions
Jaap Jacobs: Recent Work
Opens Friday 24 May 2019 at 09h00
Closes Sunday 14 July 2019 at 17h00
This exhibition consists of art works recently produced by Jaap Jacobs, some in fulfilment of his present Honours course in Fine Art at the Centre for Visual Art, University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. The artist is interested in the biographies of objects and their power as conveyors of personal history. He experiments with a variety of unusual materials and methods. At the same time he challenges the relevance of traditional methods of conservation in museum practice.
Education programmes around this exhibition include discussions and workshops.
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Image: Jaap Jacobs, Postcards for my Mother, mixed media
Standard Bank Young Artist 2018
When Dust Settles
Opens Sunday 09 June 2019 at 11h00
Closes Sunday 21 July 2019 at 17h00
Igshaan Adams (b 1982), the winner of the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, presents a body of work titled When Dust Settles. Drawing upon the material and formal iconographies of Islam and coloured culture, Adams’s cross disciplinary practice is an ongoing investigation into hybrid identity, particularly in relation to race, religion, and sexuality. Adams presents an eclectic and multi-sensory large-scale installation, bringing together aspects of sculpture, textiles, found objects, furniture and performance to create an immersive environment.
Image: Detail of artwork by Igshaan Adams, The Path of the Upright, (2017), beads, rope twine, dye
Forthcoming exhibitions …
Hermine Spies Coleman:
The Power of Loss and Gain
Opens Sunday 21 July 2019 at 11h00
Current Exhibitions from the Collection
Migrations: Time - Place - Culture
This eclectic display of European and South African art works spans more than three centuries. Each art work has its own story to tell.
The example below is by a famous Impressionist artist, and the painting has travelled as far as Japan for major exhibitions.
Born in Paris of British parents, Alfred Sisley probably decided to become an artist while living in London from 1857 to 1859. He trained as an artist and worked in France. Here he developed his mature style of varied surface texture by using looser, freer and more rhythmical bush strokes, as seen in this work.
Edward Wolfe, although regarded as a British artist, was born in Johannesburg. He moved to London in 1916 where he studied at the Slade School of Art. In 1917 he was invited by Roger Fry to join the Omega Workshop, an arts and craft design studio. It was here that he came under the influence of the controversial Bloomsbury group. Gabrielle Soene, a French dressmaker, was an assistant at Fry’s Omega Workshop and exhibited her costumes there. Both Fry and Wolfe painted her portrait during the same sitting in 1919, a hundred years ago. Fry’s portrait is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Wolfe altered his painting, replacing the Bloomsbury interior with a landscape background.
This painting by John Northcote Nash, the brother of artist Paul Nash, is an example of early English Modernism. The dry application of paint is due to John Nash’s association with Harold Gilman at 19 Fitzroy Street, London, the rendezvous of a number of artists. Gilman warned Nash against mixing paint with oil. “There’s enough oil in the paint anyhow,” he said, “without adding more to the treacherous stuff.”
Containers for Liquid
This display is a juxtaposition of liquid-holding containers from the Gallery’s permanent collection, which represents different cultures, purposes, designs and materials.
Porcelain originated in the East and has been widely used to hold hot liquids. René Lalique (1860-1945) was a famous French designer of glass containers, often used as vases. The Nala and Magwaza families are renowned for their exquisitely decorated burnished earthenware forms, based on traditional Zulu beer vessels.
On show are vessels made from materials as diverse as earthenware, porcelain, glass, wood, and bronze. We challenge you as the viewer to compare the various forms and functions.
The delicate Limoges cups and saucers arrived at the Tatham Art Gallery between 1923 and 1926 as part of the valuable Whitwell collection. This French town is famous for its fine 19th Century porcelain.
The two coffee pots on the exhibition are both examples of early South African studio pottery. See if you can find all ten teapots on display including the large Ardmore teapot (above).
This display, selected from the Gallery’s permanent collection, features landscape paintings by South African artists. For concert goers they have become a serene background to the world-class music performed in this room. While listening, the audience could focus on a painting and ponder on the meaning of land from different perspectives. One could ask: Who painted this landscape? How has the scene changed over the years? What impact did the changes have on people’s lives?
The Diamond Bozas painting of the sugarcane lands of Zululand (below) is a rich source for such exploration.
Edith Picking Flowers was possibly painted in Kent. Valerie Leigh, a previous Director of the Tatham Art Gallery, wrote, “The prominent feature in this painting is the cliff. The inclusion of Edith in this painting has a special poignancy. The small figure is placed near the cliff which provides a sunny, flower-filled setting, emphasizing the figure’s femininity, vulnerability and mortality.”
This English landscape forms part of this exhibition for a special reason. It was painted by well known South African artist Bertha King Everard. Bertha and her sister Edith King were both born in South Africa but lived and studied art in England before their return to South Africa early in the 20th Century.
Landscapes by South African artists can stir up different associations with the land for different viewers, such as elements of memory and place.
In his landscape, Mist at kwaMenyezwayo (above) , Mduduzi Xakaza depicts the richness of the mountains and hills of his birth place in Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal.
This was also the home of artist Vuminkosi Zulu.
When the piece was painted, Xakaza was meditating deeply about the late Vuminkosi Zulu's work, whose life was often affected by bloody skirmishes between two communities within the amaBomvu Tribal Authority of kwaMenyezwayo. At some point, in the late 1980s, Zulu had to flee his home due to such conflicts.
Lorna Ferguson Room
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The Fabulous Picture Show
The annual fund-raising project
More than R77 000 was raised at the recent auction. Visit www.fotag.co.za for the results and images that were auctioned Friday 23 November at ‘The Fabulous Picture Show 2018’.
Tuesdays at 19h00
Season Two: 04 June to 06 August 2019
At 19h00 on Tuesdays, lovers of good movies come togeth- er for film screenings, selected, introduced and shown by Anton van der Hoven and Jill Arnott. FilmClub aims to fos- ter an understanding for and appreciation of cinema as art form, and charges a nominal R40 per show, with subscribers enjoying a substantial discount. From 18h00 patrons can enjoy a light, inexpensive supper in Café Tatham. Booking is essential.
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Lectures, Talks and Workshops
From time to time the Gallery arranges lectures, talks and creative workshops or master classes for artists by highly skilled teachers and speakers. Please contact Reena to add your name to the list of interested participants, and she will let you know when the next opportunity arrives or join the FOTAG email list Enquiries/ Bookings firstname.lastname@example.org or 033 392 2823
Discussions (Open to the public)
On Friday 21 June 2019 from 11h00 - 12h00 the KZN Fibre Group will discuss the Standard Bank Exhibition
On Friday 28 June 2019 from 14h00 - 15h00 Jaap Jacobs will discuss Creative Art Making
Jaap Jacobs: Creative Art Making - 3 day workshop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 July 2019 (09h30 - 12h30). Cost: R150 per artist per day
Hermine Spies: Over-drawing in search of identity and significance - 2 day workshop
Tuesdays 7 and 21 August (09h30 - 12h30). Cost: R150 per artist per day
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Images from the recent ‘Bin Painting Project’ led by Jono Hornby.
Tatham Reference Library
The Library remains closed to the public until further notice
FILM & TALK: AFTER THE FLOOD
After the Flood: Film and Talk
Tuesday 14 May
Booking- Essential, as space is limited
Coffee Shop: Open until 17h30
Almost two years ago, on 26 May 2017, the Tatham Art Gallery experienced a devastating flood which damaged a substantial number of paintings in our collection. Many friends of the Gallery came forward to help turn around this tragedy, and today we can look back on a remarkable rescue and recovery operation. You are invited to an overview of the events in the form of a documentary film and an illustrated talk by the painting restorer, Ekkehard Hans.
17h30 Closed because of the Flood, a documentary film by Gabriel and Thomas Bullen. 24 min
Brothers Gabriel and Thomas Bullen, who happened to be in Pietermaritzburg at that time, documented the events and called the film Closed because of the Flood. The cameras caught the action of the moment, but the film makers also returned to capture elements of the restoration process. This film was selected as the opening film for the 2019 Milkbusch International Short Film Festival earlier this year.
18h00 Restoration, an illustrated talk by Ekkehard Hans. 45 min.
Ekkehard Hans, who is a highly trained restorer, originally from Europe, has been working for weeks at a time on the restoration of paintings and frames ever since the flood in May 2017. He will give an illustrated talk about his work, and give insight into the guiding principles for a restorer of museum collections.
Entry to the film and talk is free, but booking is essential, as the venue has limited space.
To book, please contact Reena Bhoodram at firstname.lastname@example.org or 033 392 2823
A painting showing water damage : L- R images 1 & 2, After restoration: images 3&4.