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Tuesday, April 3, 2018


The Durban Art Gallery will start its calendar of exhibitions for the year 2018 with Vision: Interpreting History through the eyes of the child, a collaborative exhibition between the Art Gallery and Local History Museum incorporating Bergtheil House Museum, KwaMuhle Museum and Old Court House.

This collaboration will showcase works by learners from different schools around Ethekwini who have participated in the Museum Passbook Competition – as part of celebrating the project’s five years in existence.

The exhibition will showcase a sample of works from previous winners and run-ups in both art making and creative writing which includes poetry and essays based on chosen themes according to grades.

Vision: Interpreting History through the eyes of the child celebrates the artistic talent of children participating in the Passbook Competition and the vision of Local History Museums in developing an innovative competition which combines experiential learning, with academic content and creativity.

Performance clips, posters, recreated artefacts, collages, poetry and essays of children from grades 4 to 11 and Learners with Special Educational Needs intermediate and senior phases will be on display.

Children’s creative works centre on a theme set for a particular year. Last year’s theme, Finding your voice, related to the 40th anniversary of Steve Bantu Biko’s death. Schools and learners are encouraged to participate in this year’s Passbook Competition.

The theme for 2018 is Birth of Change: Life and Legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 - 2013), coincides with the 100th anniversary of Madiba’s birth. Nelson Mandela stated “Children are our greatest treasure.

The exhibition will open on April 12, 2018, at 10h00 and will close on May 27, 2018. During the course of the exhibition there will be interactive programmes run by education and volunteers from both museums, booking is essential.

Contact details are: Ayanda Ngcobo on 031 322 7670 or email: and Anthee Ramlucken on 031 311 6343 or email:

The Durban Art Gallery is situated on the second floor of the Durban City Hall, entrance in Anton Lembede (formerly Smith) Street opposite the Playhouse. Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday 08h30 to 16h00 and Sundays from 11h00 to 16h00. More information on 031 311 2262/6.