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Tuesday, February 23, 2021


(Happy Family, oil on canvas by Edgar Hunt)

In May 2017, a devastating flood occurred in the basement of Pietermaritzburg’s Tatham Art Gallery. Some 449 individual items from the Gallery's permanent collection were damaged, including paintings, paper works, gilt frames, oriental rugs, fibre works and a sculpture.

It is almost four years since this event. Apart from nine art works which were deemed irreparable, all art works damaged by the water have been repaired by various expert conservators. A selection of restored art works will be exhibited alongside images of the damaged works, taken immediately after the flood.

This exhibition - After The Flood - consists of art works which have been restored to their former glory and celebrates the recovery of a national art collection from a major disaster.

Watch the press for details of a paper conservation workshop. Also look at the Gallery’s Facebook page and Instagram account for more information.

After The Flood runs in the Tatham Art Gallery’s Main Gallery from February 28 at 11h00 until April 18, 2021, when it closes at 14h00.

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