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Sunday, February 13, 2022


(Art curator Carol Brown)

Carol Brown, the currently Durban-based art curator reports:

“2021 was a tough year for us all with the challenges and sadness around the pandemic. We offer our sympathies to those who lost family members and colleagues.  Many businesses also closed down but artists continued to create and we, at Curate.A.Space kept busy and adjusted our activities to keep in line with the Covid restrictions.

“In March we were honoured to receive an award from Kyknet for our online media campaign for the exhibition Folds and Faults which we curated for the Stegmann Gallery at UFS. Zinhle Khumalo attended the Awards Ceremony in Cape Town and the physical exhibition was shown in July to a restricted audience at the University.

“We also curated Double Up at the invitation of Durban’s KZNSA Gallery and this gave an opportunity to eight artists to exhibit and sell their works. It was an exciting exhibition and event and has introduced emerging artists to the gallery system which will carry them forward in their careers. The exhibition was accompanied by Professional Practice and Curating workshops.

“We currently have two exciting exhibitions in Cape Town – The Castle of Goodhope in Cape Town extended the exhibition by Monique Van Deventer If these bones could talk which opened in December 2020 and Nicoliene Westhuizen’s exhibition Fold/Unfold opened in December at the spectacular venue of Quoin Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.” 

Carol Brown was consultant curator for both these Cape Based exhibitions. She continues: “The physical version of our exhibition Folds and Fault: An Exhibition of African Women Artists examining Identity, Culture and Heritage was finally opened at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery on August 18, 2021.

“After two years of working on this project and many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was great to finally see it complete.

“We exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair and, as well as selling artworks by four artists, one of the emerging artists was given a great opportunity to take part in a prestigious internship.

We also completed an audit of an art collection housed in a Pretoria Art Museum.”

Carol Brown indicates that they are spreading their wings this year as she and her husband, Keith relocated to Johannesburg whilst Zinhle carries on with Durban-based projects.

They will continue to offer online and physical workshops as well as online curatorial coaching and support for artists planning their exhibitions.

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