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Thursday, April 29, 2021


(Above: Andries Botha)

Join Pieter Scholtz and friends at St Clements for their regular Mondays @ 6 at St Clements programme on May 3, 2021, for a conversation with pre-eminent South Africa sculptor, visionary, crusader for the arts, environmental activist, mentor to many and much more, Andries Botha.

Botha has been making art — winning awards, exhibiting internationally, teaching, using his art as a platform for activism — for more than 40 years.

“There is a sculpture and cultural precinct opening in Kloof that will focus principally on sculpture that has its origins in KwaZulu-Natal. Sculpture born here,” says Botha.

It is all happening within the extraordinary 20-hectare AmmaZulu Gardens and Sculpture Precept: the vast and “sprawling abundance of plants, artifacts and objects” and a “wild wonderland”, to quote the garden’s creator, fellow visionary and architect, Peter Amm, who has been cultivating this wilderness domain for 40 years.

Besides being a whimsical surprise-filled and art-intense wonderland, the precinct will be the new permanent home of Botha’s sculpture collection spanning 40 years.

Artist residencies and exhibitions of KZN sculptors past and present are part of the vision.

Questions and conversation will include thoughts and dialogue around:

What inspired the vision for the new sculpture precinct and how has it evolved?

To what can we attribute this bursting energy and evolution in an urban precinct when currently so much is contracting?

Durban and KZN: backwater or thriving art force?

Forty years of art and the Andries Botha sculpture collection. Please tell us about it.

The 10-year (and 50-year) vision for the precinct. Is there one?

And more. There will be time for questions.


When the donations box comes round, the organisers suggest a minimum of R50 per person.

Wear a mask. Outdoors event (dress accordingly) with carefully spaced seating.

The event takes place at 18h00 on May 3, 2021. With Covid protocols. Bookings limited to diners in support of St Clements restaurant and staff. (They stay open specially for the event.)

Steve’s new Covid-safe system means menus will be brought to tables so patrons are asked not to wait at reception as was the norm. Orders entered separately as before.

RSVP ST Clements 031 202 2511. (Seating limited. Diners only. Table bookings essential)