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Sunday, January 28, 2018


Deadline for applications: January 29, 2018

The African Art Centre hosting the Velobala Class of 2017 Group exhibition showcasing charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, chalk pastel drawings, paintings and jewellery design.

The Velobala Programme is an African Art Centre Development Project that offers formal art classes to young talented black artists who do not have the financial means to enrol for tertiary-level art training. Initiated in 1994, this African Art Centre programme is an ongoing commitment to facilitate exploration of different mediums for young talented artists, including ceramics, drawing, painting, jewellery and printmaking.

This project is supported by the Durban University of Technology’s Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design.

Over a period of 10 months the 2017 Velobala Programme saw the development of 28 aspiring artists.  Lungisani Ndlovu, a second year student who excelled in the programme, said this: “When I started attending the Velobala programme I had very little knowledge of art, after attending the Saturday classes I learnt how to produce art pieces in different mediums. The Velobala programme gave me the confidence to experiment with my own ideas. Through the programme the African Art Centre created an opportunity for me to exhibit my artworks at the African Art Centre gallery.”

The Centre would like to thank the Artists for Human Rights Trust, the National Arts Council and the Durban University of Technology Fine Arts and Jewellery Department for partnering with the African Art Centre on this programme. The exhibition is supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa.

Individuals interested in applying for the 2018 Velobala Development Programme can contact the African Art Centre for the application process. Deadline for applications is January 29, 2018.

For more details contact the African Art Centre on 031 3034634 or email

The Velobala 2017 exhibition opens on February 1. The African Art Centre at 15A Station Drive off Umgeni Road in Durban. More information on 031 312 3804/5 or email or visit