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Wednesday, March 20, 2019


(“Mama” by Siyabonga Ngubane)

The Suffering of the People opens in the Schreiner Gallery of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on March 31, 2019. The opening takes place at 11h00 and the Opening Speaker will be Dr Kathy Arbuckle.

Siyabonga Ngubane is a young artist who is passionate about making linoprints. He draws directly onto the lino and then carves out intricate designs in different textures. He is a quiet person who thinks deeply about life, and is interested in people and their reactions. He is also grateful to his mother and grandmother who taught him good values in life. They both are deeply religious supporters of the Christian faith. However, Siyabonga is tolerant of all religions. Other religious groups, such as Muslims, Zionist, Shembe, Buddhist etc, are also represented in his works.

In 2018, Ngubane completed an honours course in printmaking at the Centre for Visual Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. He will be Artist-In-Residence from April 9 to 12 at the Tatham.

He will also conduct two workshops on Tuesdays (May 7 & 14) where he will share his printmaking skills and show participants that Linocut is an easy-to-learn method for making prints that requires only a small amount of space and just a few tools and materials. Once you've learned the basics you can easily do this at home. Join this fun printing workshop

The Suffering of the People runs until May 19 at 17h00. 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