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Friday, March 28, 2014


The Durban Art Gallery, under eThekwini Municipality, is driving an initiative to identify and support emerging visual artists in the newly-invigorated DAG Mentorship Programme.

The idea behind the programme is to identify young artists and invite them to stage an exhibition of their work. This is curated by Thulani Makhaye, Durban Art Gallery’s Curator: Exhibitions. Makhaye will involve the artists in the curatorial process and help them to devise an educational component to the exhibition which the artists would manage, and also coach them in order for them to be able to conduct walkabouts of their work.

Two artists have been chosen through a vigorous selection process. Bongani Khanyile and Mhlonishwa Chiliza are both recent DUT fine-arts graduates and Emma Smith Scholarship Award finalists. They are earnest, eager and talented – and, incidentally, both left handed! They are thrilled by the opportunity to hold a joint exhibition and have chosen the apt title - Observations and Aspirations subtitled Observations of culture and society.

Observations and Aspirations runs at the Durban Art Gallery until May 11, 2014.

The Durban Art Gallery is open seven days a week: Monday until Saturday from 08h30 until 16h00 and Sunday from 11h00 until 16h00. Entry is free and all are welcome! For more information contact Thulani Makhaye Curator – Exhibitions, eThekwini Municipality - on 031 311 2268 or email: