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Monday, December 14, 2009


(Pic: Aeroplane in matchsticks and mixed media by M Ndebele, from the Collection: Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle)

Exhibition offering visibility and inspiration to contemporary crafters at Tatham.

Running in the Main Exhibition Room of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is an exhibition titled Northern KwaZulu-Natal Craft

For the past five years Judy Jordan, Curator of the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle, has been assembling craft items for this exhibition. The display consists of works from that Gallery's permanent collection, and others purchased by The Natal Arts Trust.

Judy and others have been concerned that, due to the tourist and curio trade, many craft items readily available today lack tradition and/or originality. Authentic, indigenous crafts remain hidden, as many fine crafters live deep in rural areas. Sourcing the artworks meant travelling to remote areas such as the Northern Drakensberg, the Mona Market outside Nongoma, and the Msinga region around Tugela Ferry.

The aim of this exhibition, which runs until January 24, is to give visibility and inspiration to contemporary crafters who are producing works in the region of Northern KwaZulu-Natal.