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Thursday, June 17, 2021


Deadline for submissions: September 18, 2021

The Friends of Tatham Art Gallery are pleased to confirm that the 2021 Fabulous Picture Show will take place, commenting as follows: “The year 2020 was too unpredictable to host our annual fundraising auction, but we are confident that this year will be better and we look forward to a bumper show. Art connects, and the process of creating heals, and after a year like the last one, we all need something to bring our together and to look forward to. We hope that you will support the Tatham Art Gallery by making art works, and encouraging your friends and family to participate in the annual Fabulous Picture Show. By participating, you will be joining many others in ensuring the continued growth of our world class art museum. We encourage you to make your voice heard.”

Every year, in order to raise funds for new acquisitions for the permanent collection, the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) invite artists to donate small art works for the Fabulous Picture Show auction, which takes place in November. If you are not an artist, but would also like to make a difference, you are invited to attend the auction on either November 19 or 22 (to be confirmed) where you will get the opportunity to purchase your own little treasure.

The donation of small art works (no bigger than A4) provides for a wide and diverse selection of works for sale on the auction, ranging from those produced by highly acclaimed top South African artists, to those who love to paint in their spare time. The small scale creates a focus and an intimacy with the art work, both from the artist and the viewer. Smaller works are often more introspective and demand attention as viewers have to look closely to fully appreciate these miniature gems.

The Fabulous Picture Show works as follows:  

-Artists donate up to three original, unframed works of art to FOTAG.

-Signed, editioned, original digital prints are welcomed, but not prints of existing originals.

-Boards and canvases are restricted to a maximum standard A4 only (21 x 27.9cm).

-Works on paper: the image should be no bigger than 13 x 21.7cm, to allow for mounting.

-All 2D art works in the prescribed sizes will be framed by FOTAG.

-3D works are also welcome, size not to exceed A4 dimensions.

-Acceptance of art work is at the discretion of the FOTAG Committee.

-Artists will be offered first option should their art works not be sold at the auction.


Submission Dates

The final submissions deadline is Saturday September 18, 2021, between 10h00 and 14h00.

Another option is to post your art work to: Tatham Art Gallery. P.O. Box 321, Pietermaritzburg 3201.


Exhibition Dates

The exhibition will open in the Main Exhibition Room at 10h00 on November 14, 2021, and will be on view and for silent bidding until November 19 from 10h00 to 16h00. Art works will be loaded onto the FOTAG website as they are submitted, so keep checking for the latest entries.



At this stage, it is not possible to determine whether the auction will be a live auction that takes place in the Gallery or an online auction. It will either take place on November 19 or 21. This will be decided closer to the time, depending on the status of the pandemic


Enquiries: or 033 392 2823 or visit the FOTAG website at


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