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Tuesday, June 29, 2021


“African Refractions”, mixed media by Roy Starke)

The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg will host the exhibition My Life in Colour by Roy Starke in its Main Gallery.  

Starke was born in 1954 and died in 2018 leaving behind a wealth of art quilts - powerful and rich in meaning.

His art works reflect his perspective of reality or conception of what he regarded as reality. He developed his own personal visual language in colour and composition, and placed the emphasis on design, emotional impact and content. Needle and thread became instruments for the power of ideas.

(Left: “Highlands Canyon”, mixed media by Roy Starke)

Starke drew from the tradition of embroidery, but then painted the surfaces to provide additional texture. To him there was no right or wrong in art. It had to be authentic and the vision had to be clear.



Annette McMaster will be conducting a three day Workshop on Wednesdays August 4, 11 and 18, 2021, in support of this exhibition. The class will explore the use of a domestic sewing machine as a creative tool. Participants will be led through a variety of either freestyle machine embroidery techniques or utilising the sewing machine to build samples for decorating a pre-made paper built vessel.

Lockdown permitting, the exhibition will be open on July 18, 2021, at 11h00 and will close on October 31, 2021, 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