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Tuesday, June 2, 2015


(FOTAG Committee members Bonwa Mbontsi & Dexter Sagar admiring a private collection of work bought at the Fabulous Picture Show auctions over the years)

Deadline for submissions: October 3, 2015

The Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) are gearing up for the 2015 edition of The Fabulous Picture Show, FOTAG’s major annual fundraising auction and fun event, now in its sixth year.

Due to the generosity - first of the wonderful participating artists, and then of the buying public - last year’s auction sold 162 donated artworks and raised just over R60,000 which goes towards the buying of new works for the gallery’s permanent collection, one of the finest in South Africa.

FOTAG would love to see that figure exceeded this year when the ever-lively auction takes place on November 20. It is an event not to be missed, and, of course, a chance to buy a special piece of art. Last year’s two top sellers each raised over R4,000, but there is always plenty of affordable, original work to be snapped up – for a good cause.

The first call is now going out for artists to donate an unframed, original artwork. Although the final submissions’ deadline is only on October 3, now is the time to start planning. Artists can donate up to three original, unframed works. The maximum size is A4 (21 x 27.9cm) and the full details are on the FOTAG website.

All works in the prescribed size will be framed by FOTAG before the auction. As an alternative, artists can purchase 12cm square wooden blocks for R6 from the Tatham Art Gallery shop. 3D works are welcome, but not bigger than the A4 dimensions.

As well as the final submission date, gallery staff will be available to accept work on the five Tuesday afternoons in September. For more information, visit the FOTAG website at or contact Bryony Clark at or 033 392 2825 (mornings only).