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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


(00239 WHAG Kimberley: David Walters and Friends pay tribute to the late Prof Juliet Armstrong of the Ceramics Studios at the Centre for Visual Arts at UKZN in their exhibition, Legacy.)

Embedded into the glorious mix of activities at KZN’s foremost and respected arts festivals, the annual Witness Hilton Arts Festival, is a series of visual arts exhibitions and lectures to take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from September 12 to 15, 2013.

The annual Witness Hilton Arts Festival is broadly considered to be KZN’s premier arts and culture festival and one of the top festivals in the country which consistently produces an unmatched programme of cutting-edge drama, comedy, music and music revue, as well as an impressive array of arts and crafts appealing to all who visit the festival each year.

The Mindscape programme has a strong visual arts focus this year. A Remarkable Legacy looks at the role, history, artist and work of the Caversham Press and Rorke’s Drift Arts and Craft Centre and their impact on print making in South Africa. Malcolm Christian founder and master printer at Caversham Press, which turned 25 in 2010, and Thembinkosi Goniwe, curator of Impressions of Rorke’s Drift – the Jumana Collection, join independent curator and art consultant Carol Brown in conversation. Learn more about these two iconic art institutions that have shaped the face of print making in South African and see some of the astonishing work created over the years.

Artist and art teacher Ana Pereira de Vleig will talk about the healing power of the visual arts and the role of art in increasing social awareness. “Making art is certainly not frivolity: in fact it is becoming very much a necessity in today’s world,” she says.

There will be a retrospective exhibition to honour the work and legacy of the late Professor Juliet Armstrong of the Ceramics Studios at the Centre for Visual Arts at UKZN. These studios have held a unique position in the education of fine artists as the only institution offering ceramics as a major degree subject. Under Juliet Armstrong, wide interpretations of contemporary ceramics have been taught.

There is an Artabout Walkabout Route representing 40 studios / artists / galleries – from watercolours to oils, from ceramics to bronzes, from photographs to glass. The full details of participants are on the Hilton Festival website.

Of special mention is award winning photographer, Val Adamson’s Love Dance Exhibition, commissioned by KZN DanceLink. The exhibition features 12 real-size working doors and 50 exhibition prints chronicling 25 years of being a passionate professional photographer with a special interest in dance. Elements of her exhibition can also currently be seen as part of the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

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