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John Soderlund: Found Objects

Schreiner Gallery
Opens Thursday 20 November at 18h00
Closes Sunday 18 January 2009

John Soderlund makes photographic portraits of people he experiences as significant to his own emotional life. Over the past two years he has collected these portraits at the same time as he has been making panoramic (ultra-wide, multi-shot) photographs of chance encounters with people and places he considers evocative.


This exhibition includes a selection of these portraits and panoramic pictures in an attempt to map some of the ways in which personal meaning emerges from the interaction between our most meaningful personal relationships and the contexts in which we find ourselves.


Tim Quirke: Drawings and Paintings

Schreiner Gallery
Opens Thursday 2 October at 18h00
Closes Sunday 16 November 2008

Born in Durban, Tim Quirke is a full-time artist and art teacher. He lectured in Johannesburg and painted and taught in Ixobho before moving to Pietermaritzburg in 2003.


This exhibition consists of drawings and paintings in which the frames are of special significance because their selection and use are part of the meaning of the work. For some of the drawings, the imperfect paint surfaces of the frames help to define a nostalgic or melancholic context. The topic explored in these works is 'Historical' KwaZulu-Natal. His aim is to explore the humour and grim realities of our changing perceptions of history in an affectionate manner.

Tapestries Telling Stories: Celebrating Change

Main Exhibition Room
Open from Friday 19 September 2008
Closes Sunday 2 November 2008

This exhibition of 12 door-size tapestries celebrates the successful partnerships between Africa!Ignite, MiET (Media in Education Trust) and the KZN Department of Education. Their aim to establish 200 education centres in deep rural areas across KwaZulu-Natal and the North-West Province was achieved with the help of funds received from the Royal Netherlands Embassy.


These centres increase access to educational resources, provide training for teachers and learners and support community development. The tapestries were made by creative members of these communities in response to workshops at the centres where adults and children told the stories of their area. The aims were to connect rural and urban Africa, communicate Africa's education messages and stories and to celebrate the creativity, warmth, wisdom and successes of Africa's people.

Garret Artists' Retrospective: Drawing for twenty years

Schreiner Gallery
Opened Thursday 14 August 2008
Closes Sunday 28 September 2008

The Garret Artists are a group of artists and art teachers, some of whom have worked under the guidance of Jeanette Gilks, a dynamic art teacher from Durban, for the last 20 years.


Jeanette explains that drawing can track the thought process, revealing flashes of feverish activity punctuated with gaps and pauses. She says that drawings frequently explore essentially private, incomplete visions, unhampered by frames. Garret Artists exhibitions provide an opportunity for insight into the process of drawing. The emphasis of their workshops is not on teaching new skills but rather on exploring new approaches to drawing in order to liberate unforeseen visual and pictorial potential.

Curriculum Curricula

  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Closes Sunday 8 September 2013 at 17h00

This exhibition features artworks from the Gallery's permanent collection that have a bearing on the national art syllabus for schools. Six themes were used as guidelines to show the growth and development of visual art in this country: Early South African Art; Crafts and Design; Art and Spirituality; Contemporary Arts; Art as a Reflection of Society; Resistance Art.

Trevor Makhoba: Sharing Mood of the Future, oil on paper

Trevor Makhoba: Sharing Mood of the Future, oil on paper

These categories are interlinked, and are not restricted to the artists featured and their work. They are bite sized chunks for learners to understand how artists contributed to changing the South African visual arts landscape.

Research files related to the artists on display are available in the Gallery's resource centre, but booking is essential. Call Kobie at 033 392 2819.

New Acquisitions Exhibition

Main Gallery
27 January to 4 May 2008

New Acquisitions Exhibition

A selection of recently acquired works, some which have never been on exhibition, will be exhibited on a New Acquistions Exhibitions.

The acquisition of new artworks is one of the core functions of an art museum. As stated in the Tatham Art Gallery policy: "The Acquisitions policy for the Gallery's permanent collection is to enhance and expand on the existing collection".

The Acquisitions committee is appointed by the Tatham Art Gallery Board and has a responsibility to ensure that the Gallery's collection grows with works of high quality and significant value. The Gallery accepts donations of artworks that meet requirements laid down in the acquisitions policy.

A number of significant bequests have been made to the Gallery collection over the last couple of years. Works were also purchased from exhibitions such as Jabulisa 2006, the 2007 Echo Craft Bazaar and directly from artists.

Umbukiso wemisebenzi emisha

Iqoqwana lemisebenzi yekhethelo esanda kuzuzuwa nengakaze ibonwe ngaphambilini izoba nombukiso wayo.

Ukuqoqa nokuthola imisebenzi yobuciko emisha yinxenye yomisebenzi wethu njengendawo yokuqoqa nokugcina amagugu. Lokhu kuchazwa kahle nawumthetho owengamele iTatham "ukuqoqa imisebenzi ezoba yinxenye yeqoqo lasegalari kuwukwandisa nokuhlumelelisa leliqoqo lemisebenzi egcinwe yigalari".

Ikomidi elibhekene nokwenza lomsebenzi liqokwa abengamele ukuphathwa nokusebenza kwegalari ngaleyondlela ikomidi lizibophezela ekusebenzisaneni nabamele ukusingathwa nokuphathwa kwegalari ekuqokeni imisebenzi yobuciko esezingeni eliphezulu nebalulekile ngokuhlomulisa nokwandisa iqoqo lethu. Igalari iyayamukela iminikelo yemisebenzi yobuciko engena- khaxa kulemigomo ebekwa yimithetho eyengamele imisebenzi emisha yobuciko egalari.

Kuleminyakana edlule igalari izuze imisebenzi eminingi engamafa yaphinda yathenga neminye ukwengeza kuleyo esiyiqoqo layo. Njengaleyo eyedhengwa kumbukiso i-Jabulisa 2006 ne-Echo Craft Bazaar yango-2007 eminye ethengwe-gqo kumaciko ayenzayo

Edendale Excels - a celebration of four artists from Edendale

7 February to 22 June 2008
A similar exhibition was held at Georgetown Library, Edendale, from 7 to 29 February 2008.

Edendale Excels - a celebration of four artists from Edendale

This exhibition is a joint initiative by the Greater Edendale Development Initiative (GEDI) and the Tatham Art Gallery. GEDI proposed a programme to honour the role of the Edendale community in South African history and the visual art component is curated by Thulani Makhaye, Education Officer at the Gallery.

The artists featured are Gerard Bhengu , Michael Zondi, Fanozi 'Chickenman' Mkhize and Siyabonga Sikosana, all from the Greater Edendale area. These four artists were chosen because of their links with Edendale either as residents, or having studied or worked in the area. The new Visual Arts curriculum for secondary schools has recommended Zondi and Bhengu, amongst others, as artists to be studied by the grade 11 and 12 learners for their research project in Visual Arts studies.

Through the exhibition learners and the public will gain an understanding of the lives and work of black artists whose work has not been widely acknowledged in South Africa. How many people know, for example, that Michael Zondi became only the second black artist to have a solo exhibition in the Durban Art Gallery at the height of Apartheid? Or, that Gerard Bhengu was a well known illustrator of traditional Zulu customs and costume from the 1940s onwards?

The exhibition will be held simultaneously in the Tatham Art Gallery and the Georgetown library with supporting documents for both venues. Copies of the artworks will be on view in the Georgetown Library while the original artworks will be on display at the Tatham Art Gallery.