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Monday, August 10, 2015


 (“The Inyanga”, oil on board by Joseph Manana)

Running until August 23 in the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is the exhibition, Generous Friends: FOTAG Acquisitions

For the last 30 years, the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) has generously assisted the Gallery to acquire works for its permanent collection. This has occurred particularly at times when funding from the Municipality for the purchase of art works has been reduced or cut altogether.

FOTAG committee members run an annual programme of events at the Gallery in order to raise funds for this purpose. This exhibition gives an overview of interesting and important art works that have been acquired for the permanent collection through the efforts of these busy but dedicated friends.

One such art work is Joseph Manana’s painting, which depicts the visit of a traditional healer (Inyanga) to a rural Zulu homestead. For many rural Zulus getting to medical clinics is both time-consuming and expensive. Many Zulu people also make use of both traditional and western medical treatment.

Generous Friends: FOTAG Acquisitions can be seen in the Tatham’s Schreiner Gallery until August 23. The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit