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Sunday, November 3, 2013


(“Cross toppers and processional crosses” by Jongani Mzukwa)

Next week, the KZNSA Gallery will host selected work by the Graduates and BTech students from the Fine Art and Jewellery Department at Durban University of Technology.

This exhibition of selected work showcases the range of work produced by Fine Art and Jewellery Design Diploma and B Tech degree students during 2013.

Traditionally, the exhibition of selected graduate work has been held in the departmental studios. However, this year it was decided to provide the students with the opportunity of exhibiting in a professional and public space. This initiative was very generously supported by Corporate Affairs and the Office of the Executive Dean, Dr K Netshiombo.

The work of Fine Art students produced under the guidance of Andries Botha, Greg Streak, Jan Jordaan, Hendrik Stroebel, Themba Shibase and John Roome demonstrates a range, individuality and craft that have been the hallmark of the department for a number of decades. This is the result of a focus on the development of each student as a creative individual, using a teaching philosophy based on the integration of theory and practice and practice led research that is a characteristic of a University of Technology.

The work reflects on a range of issues present in contemporary South Africa including class relationships, homelessness, personal identity, man’s relationship to nature, the city and the rural/urban cultural divide.

The Jewellery design programme ensures that the students are able to work in the jewellery industry but then uses this industry-readiness as a basis from which to develop their creativity and personal expression. The third year students, with guidance from Samantha Vincent and Marlene de Beer, produce a range of jewellery which incorporates the general jewellery skills such as casting, goldsmithing and other traditional techniques.

The exhibition opens on November 5 at 18h00 and will run until midday on November 10. 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 or visit