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Friday, January 21, 2022


(“Madonna” by Giovanna di Paolo)

The Mother and Child exhibition, currently on display at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg closes at 14h00 on February 6, 2022.

One of the most consistently reproduced subjects in all of art history, especially Western art, is the theme of the mother and child. This exhibition, which celebrates the unique bond between mother and child is drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection, and includes a wide variety of media, ranging from small intimate sculptures, to prints and paintings which explore the tender and protective nature of the mother and child relationship.

On February 5, Alleyn Diesel will present a talk entitled The Spiritual Symbolism of Mother and Child. This talk will examine aspects of the recurrent motif of Mother and Child in art and mythology reaching back to our human origins. These images form part of what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as our “collective unconscious” reflecting primordial themes such as birth, death, separation, nurturance, preservation, regeneration – characteristics associated with our conceptions of the divine, particularly The Great Mother.

Alleyn Diesel’s Mother and Child illustrated talk will take place on February 5 at 10h30 in the Tatham Art Gallery’s Lecture Theatre. Entrance is free.

For more information, contact the Tatham’s Education Officer, Pinky C Nkabinde, on 033 392 2811 or 086 770 2609.

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