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Monday, August 5, 2019


The Theatre Foyer at St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton will show off the new theatre foyer with a photographic exhibition and book launch, Private Space, by Matthew Willman from August 13 to 14, 2019.

Willman is a Durban based documentary photographer, author and speaker. He has emerged as one of South Africa’s leading, young, independent artists. He has expressed himself through an extraordinary body of work which has included writing, storytelling and photographic exhibitions.

Willman was the commissioned photographer to Nelson Mandela from 2003 to 2013 for the Mandela Foundation. Since Madiba's passing in 2013, he has travelled the world documenting with 12 of the world’s foremost ballet companies.

In March of this year, Willman officially launched this remarkable book and exhibition of photographs in Cape Town with the Cape Town City Ballet. The Hong Kong Ballet alongside the Royal Ballet in London has hailed this collection of work as the most progressive photographic collection of ballet currently in the 21st Century. Willman is now travelling his exhibition across South Africa and the world, while continuing to photograph dancers in motion.

(Matthew Willman)

Willman has had the pleasure of being commissioned to photograph individuals from a cross-section of the global community. Commissions include: US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President FW De Klerk, Annie Lennox, 12 Presidents, 8 Nobel Laureates and a host of sports personalities, musicians, politicians and philanthropists.

Private Space is a visual masterpiece, a collection of 188 images of dancers. The book represents a journey not only as a photographer, but also as a former ballet dancer himself, and took five years to produce working with 88 dancers from 42 countries on five continents. The photographic exhibition, promoting the book, is a selection of these works, mounted and displayed, to take the viewer on a personal journey of a photographer with his dancers. Every image is an intimate moment with the power to move the audience into a space that is somewhere between reality and a dream.

The Matthew Willman Arts Trust’, founded in 2011, is a charitable organisation committed to making a difference to individuals and communities through tertiary level educational scholarships and financial grants to young up and coming artists.

For his body of work, and further information:

(Interhouse poster)

The event will coincide with Interhouse Theatre to give Willman greater exposure to St Anne’s parents and to the broader St Anne’s and Hilton community.

Private Space will be open to the school and public on August 13 from 12h00 to 17h00, and on August 14 from 10h00 to 19h00.

For more information contact Toni on email.