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Monday, August 30, 2010


(Pic: ”Untitled” by Donal Fitzpatrick - mixed media on handmade paper)

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) and Curtin University of Technology will present a joint exhibition of artworks on paper titled Harbouring Histories.

This exhibition arose out of a memorandum of understanding between the two universities and a visit to DUT in May 2009 by Prof Donal Fitzpatrick, Head of the School of Art and Design at Curtin. Prof Fitzpatrick gave the keynote address at the Faculty of Arts and Design Conference on Creative Research Outputs. Tony Starkey, head of Fine Art and Jewellery Design at DUT, suggested to Prof Fitzpatrick that the two departments hold a joint exhibition of staff work at the DUT and Curtin galleries.

This process was taken forward by Julian Goddard, Head of the Art department at Curtin and thus this exhibition on A3 paper was conceptualized. Staff members submitted works to three reviewers, Harry Hummerston and Brenda Ridgwell from Curtin and Dr Andrew Verster from Durban. Works accepted by the reviewers will be exhibited at the DUT Gallery in September and the Curtin University Gallery in December, 2010.

This is the first step in a long-term project to establish close ties between DUT and Curtin University in the areas of staff and student exchange, research and curriculum development to ensure that the department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design at DUT positions itself in a global context. Some 23 artists will have works on the exhibition.

Harbouring Histories will be opened by Professor Graham Stewart (Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts and Design. Durban University of Technology) on September 1 at 18h00, after which the exhibition runs until September 15. The DUT Art Gallery is situated above the library on the Steve Biko Campus in Mansfield Road. For more information contact the Curator, Nathi Gumede, on 031 373 2207 or 082 2200 368 or email: