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Friday, January 22, 2016


(Photo by Paulo Menezes)

The 2016 KZNSA Annual Members' Exhibition opens on January 27. This year’s theme is Invisible.

The KZNSA is a non-profit, member-based, public benefit organization and every year members of the society are given the opportunity to submit artworks for the presitigous Annual Members' Exhibition. The exhibition brings together a host of local amateur and professional talent working across a wide spectrum of mediums and disciplines, including painting, print, ceramic work, photography and mixed media installations, and is a highlight on the gallery's exhibition calendar.

This year, an interactive approach was taken and members were invited to send through their suggestions for the 2016 theme, with a shortlist selected and put to the vote. With a choice of Celebrate! or Invisible, the votes were counted and Invisible emerged as a strong winner.

"There are many interpretations one could give to this. I think of people marginalized and ignored by society - older people, people who do work that is often unrecognised and taken for granted, people living with illnesses and disabilities, or children who go unseen and unheard, or people who speak a different language from one's own.  In post apartheid South Africa with our wonderful Bill of Rights people are still made invisible through the lenses of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and class,” says Pauline Stanford.

“I think the theme could frame a profound exploration of our humanity at many levels, whatever interpretations artists give to it."

A floating trophy and generous prize money to the value of R20,000 is donated to the KZNSA Members’ Exhibition by the Emanuel family, in memory of Durban painter and long standing member of the KZNSA, Joan Emanuel. Involved in the Durban art community for many years; she had a natural talent for painting and drawing and was a founder member of the North Coast Art Group. She took part in many KZNSA members’ exhibitions and staged two solo exhibitions at the NSA Gallery in Overport City. 

Invisible opens on January 26 at 17h00 for 17h30 with the announcement of the winners and a short prize-giving ceremony. The exhibition runs from January 27 to February 14 in the KZNSA’s Main, Mezzanine and Park Galleries.

The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit