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Monday, April 27, 2009


(Pic: “Big Night Out” Deborah van Niekerk from the series “The hand that feeds”)

Big Night Out, the current exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, features an exciting and varied range of works by artists Albina Mitchell, Amanda Kok, Carol Beckx, Caroline Birch, Coral Spencer Domijan, Deborah van Niekerk, Di van Wyk, Gillian Gerhardt, Jane Oliver, Jane Sampson, Marianne Meijer, Michele Silk, Nicole Pletts, Nomsa Ngidi, Sean Simons and Paul Ramos.

The KZNSA Gallery (a non-governmental, public benefit organisation) has recently gained an additional status as a Section 18A (educational) organisation. As part of its increased mandate, the gallery is in the process of developing a series of educational programmes, the first of which was the KZNSA Professional Practice Course. Aimed at artists wishing to pursue an active career in artwork production, exhibition and sales, the course was designed with a set of outcomes culminating in the exhibition Big Night Out.

Participants were guided through the various stages of preparation for the exhibition, including increasing their artist’s professional profile, developing a cohesive body of work, and administering exhibition logistics.

The course, designed and presented by Gallery Director Brenton Maart, commenced in February 2009, proceeded as weekly three-hour workshops, and concludes with the exhibition. The course has been subsidised by the KZNSA member’s fund. Proceeds from the sale of work from the exhibition will be used to support further educational activities of the gallery.

Big Night Out runs until May 10. To view the full exhibition, please see the catalogue on the gallery website at

The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368.