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Saturday, March 7, 2009


Exhibition by young artist inspired by crafts made by prisoners.

Sicelo Ziqubu is a young artist working in the Municipal offices in Charlestown in rural KZN. He is inspired by crafts made by prisoners at the Waterval Prison where his father was a warder.

His exhibition, Inspired by Environment(s), will be showing at artSPACEdurban until March 7. His works, which include stunning 'thrones' made out of papier-mâché, are becoming increasingly more elaborate and noticed by collectors.

Sicelo Ziqubu is largely self-taught although he did spend a year at the ML Sultan Technikon on a bridging course for graphic design in l993. He was placed second in 2007 Start Nivea Art Awards at the KZNSA and was a regional finalist for the ABSA L'Atelier Art Award 2008. He was also among the top 100 artists exhibiting their work at the 2008 Spier Contemporary.

His work is represented in the collections of the Carnegie Art Gallery (Newcastle), Museum Stadthof Zwolle (Netherlands), the Tatham Art Gallery (Pietermaritzburg) and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Fresh Paint Gallery in Glenwood, Durban has been promoting his work and giving Ziqubu much-needed support.

This exhibition has been made possible through funding by the National Arts Council. artSPACE durban is at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road, next to Waste Centre). More information on 031 312 0793.