All at sea with 32 artists


A work by Darryl Houghton on view at the Sea Level exhibition at ArtSpace Durban in Millar Road, off Umgeni Road.


DURBAN has two new art exhibitions to visit, among them a new display that opens today (July 1) and runs until July 20 at ArtSpace Durban at 3 Millar Road, off Umgeni Road.

Thirty-two invited artists will be exhibiting miniature artworks there in an exhibition titled Sea Level, where the brief was for creativity to follow its own disciplines.

Among artists with works on display are Anthea Martin, Catherine Stempowski, Pam Benporath, Megan Bonnetard, Marianne Meijer, Camilla Kinnear, Sfiso ka Mkame, Zamani Makhanya and Jane Bishop.

Also featured are Estelle Hudson, Stella Beth Peat, Darryl Houghton, Hermine Spies, Lorraine Wilson, Odette Tolksdorf, Lesley Magwood Fraser, Deanne Samson, Jannie van Heerden, Mariek Petzer, Steffi Steffen, Deidree Maree, Chris Reabow, Pauline Maurer, Morgan Coakley, Denise Hill and Penny Brown – as well as  Pascale Chandler, Heidi Shedlock, Anne-Marie Nason, Laurelly Allaway, Grace Kotze, Nicole Pletts and Ewok.

Sea Level has been described as an exhibition of artworks that celebrate Durban – from rockpools at Umdoni, to sea urchins, surfers and sea bathing on the Bluff;  to barn swallows in the sky.

A wonderful variety of mediums are used – oil, acrylic, watercolour, prints and embroidered fabric – and also on display are fascinating miniature rooms created by Pam Bonnetard and miniature food by Morgan Coakley.

Sunrise, a work by Pam Benporath.

The Durban July horse race is noted with a Blue Filly series painted by Pascale Chandler.

Opening at Durban’s KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood, alongside Bulwer Park, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, July 4, is the Sasol New Signatures KZN Submissions exhibition. It will be on show until July 16 in the gallery’s Main and Mezzanine Galleries.

During this time, judges will travel from across the country to review works by KwaZulu-Natal artists on display and select work for final judging in Pretoria.

The final round of judging, when winners are chosen, takes place at the Pretoria Art Museum in August. Works are judged individually, based on the concept, use of material, quality of craftsmanship and the skill demonstrated.

The winners will be announced on August 30 at a gala event, after which the winning works will be displayed at the Pretoria Art Museum, from August 31 to October 8.

The winner will collect R100 000 and have a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition, and the runner-up will win R25 000. The five merit award-winners will receive R10 000 each.

Zyma Amien, the 2016 winner, will hold her first solo exhibition within the official exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum.


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