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Monday, December 4, 2023



(Right: Tidal Gifts  | Oil on Canvas | Jane Digby)

 Artists possess a remarkable talent to spark inspiration, promote harmony, and spread positivity, even during the bleakest moments. As we approach the holiday season, The Gallery at The Studios, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito, aims to harness the power of art to draw attention back to our shared humanity and foster a sense of unity.

The new exhibition, titled hUmaNITY, seeks to showcase the beauty of our world and its people, offering a feast for both the eyes and soul.

Curator Sarah O’Reilly invites Ballito locals and holidaymakers alike to join them and partake in this celebration of art and the human spirit. “We are incredibly excited to bring you not only a selection of our top-selling artists and The Gallery firm favourites but would also like to welcome some first-time exhibitors within the space”, she said.

(Left: When We Are Together | 2023 | Beads, collage and acrylic on canvas  |  Sinalo Ntuli)

Sarah is eagerly anticipating the inclusion of Cape Town based artist, Kelly Gough, in the new exhibition. “Kelly explores how painterly and cultural elements – both sacred and profane, personal and public – come together to play on ideas of beauty while carrying messages about modern aesthetics, privacy and voyeurism,” explained O’Reilly.


Two other new exhibitors to look out for are:

Sarah Kelly is a much loved, Howick-based artist, whose paintings portray the things she loves most, mainly nature and beautiful botanicals. Her love for nature is simply and beautifully portrayed in large-scale works done in watercolours or mixed media.

Siyabonga Skosana, who hails from Pietermaritzburg, is well known for his incredibly honest and vibrant portrayals of township life. He paints jovial and humorous scenes while still expressing the harsh realities of poverty within his surroundings. 

The hUmaNITY exhibition officially opens at 18h00 on Thursday, December 7, 2023. We love coinciding the launch of our exhibitions with First Thursdays at The Studios, The vibe and energy are amazing. Art lovers can browse the new exhibition while enjoying live music by the incredible Afritude and a bubbly-tasting by Lifestyle Tops to get them in the festive spirit. Thai fare from Soi 55, delicious pizzas from Pizza Bae's 1967 Land Rover and drinks from Alchemy Bar will be on hand to make for an enjoyable evening out.”

(Right: Halfway between slumber and consciousness, she sometimes felt humanity's gentle caress |  Oil on plywood | Kelly John Gough)

The Gallery is situated within The Studios, opposite Weylandts at Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

Daily opening hours are 09h00 until 17h00 seven days a week.

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