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Saturday, November 10, 2012


(Christmas Dollies)

Celebrated international jeweller, Kirsten Goss, will open the African Art Centre’s annual Christmas exhibition on November 14 at 17h30.

The African Art Centre is one of the longest surviving non-for profit organisations of its kind in South Africa. Established more than 50 years ago as a centre which promotes and develops the work of artists and crafters from KwaZulu-Natal, it continues to be actively involved in implementing sustainable development programmes which impart new skills and extend already existing skills within the craft communities of urban and rural KZN. The annual Christmas Exhibition highlights the vibrant creative culture of the province and raises awareness about the economic benefits of supporting local craft producers by buying locally. 

The African Christmas exhibition will feature a wide range of affordable, original, handmade Christmas ornaments and gifts. The variety of products include beaded, embroidered and felt Christmas tree ornaments, colourfully beaded tableware, recycled cards and ornaments and Christmas gifts including jewellery, books, ceramics, candles and telephone wire products. 

The products culminated as a result of workshops facilitated by Interior Decorator and Trend Forecaster Pippa Whittle and Development Officer of the African Art Centre, Nozipho Zulu. Every purchase made from the African Art Centre provides income and employment for more than 600 crafters currently supported by the Centre.

The Christmas Exhibition opens on November 14 at 17h30 and runs until January 15, 2013.  More information from the Director, Sharon Crampton or the Development Officer, Nozipho Zulu at the African Art Centre at 031 312 3804/5 or email or visit

The African Art Centre is situated at 94 Florida Road, Morningside.