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Saturday, July 23, 2016


(Work by Ben Nsusha)

Opening at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday (July 24) is Thunga Uthimule: The Art and Times of Ben Nsusha.

Ben Nsusha was born in Umzumbe, KwaZulu-Natal, and is now residing in Dobsonville, Gauteng. He is a critically acclaimed artist with a 40-year career in which his work has been exhibited locally and abroad. He is renowned for his skill in mixing materials and techniques, and for his attention to detail. His exhibition Thunga Uthimule is a reflection of his observations of people and society and includes ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and painting.

Nsusha trained at Edendale Technical College, Rorke’s Drift, and the Chelsea and Slade Schools of Art in London. He has taught at a number of art institutions in South Africa, including FUBA Academy (Federated Union of Black Artists), Adams College of Education, the University of Durban-Westville, and Walter Sisulu University of Technology.

He has participated in numerous group and solo shows in South Africa and abroad, and his works are represented in many public, corporate and private collections.

A full educational programme has been planned around Thunga Uthimule and the artist will be in residence from 10h00 to 16h00 on July 26 and 27. Nsusha will also conduct a workshop with participants in the Art Educators programme from 12h00 to 15h00 on July 28. Bookings essential through Pinky on 033 3922 811 or email:

Professor Pitika Ntuli will be the opening speaker of Thunga Uthimule: The Art and Times of Ben Nsusha in the Main Room of the Tatham Art Gallery on July 24 at 10h30 for 11h00.

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