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Deadline for final submissions: September 17, 2022

The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg will host FOTAG’s Fabulous Picture Show 2022 which will run from October 24 to November 4 from 10h00 to 16h00

A recent press release from the Tatham states: “Art connects, and the process of creating heals, and after the last couple of years, we all need something to bring us together and to look forward to, and so 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. This annual auction has become an institution on the Maritzburg social calendar.

“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.

“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 size.

-Works on paper: the image should be no bigger than A5, 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 September 17 2022, 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 at 10h00 on Sunday October 23 and will be on view until Friday November 4 ,2022, from 10h00 to 16h00. Art works will be loaded onto the FOTAG website as they are submitted, so keep checking  for the latest entries.


The closing function will take place on November 4 at 18h00 when the walls will be closed one at a time.  All art works that do not reach the prescribed threshold will be sold to the highest bidder. Those that do reach the prescribed threshold will appear on the Strauss & Co Online November sale.

Thanks to the kind assistance from Strauss & Co, the 2021 Fabulous Picture Show raised just over R100,000 for the purchase of art new works for the Tatham Art Gallery collection.

For more information contact or 033 392 2823 or visit the FOTAG website:

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