Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton

Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton

At the Tatham Art Gallery

Pen and ink drawing of J.Coney & Son by Carola Brotherton in 1967. Inset: Photo by Ian Carbutt in 2015 of J. Coney & Son, corner Chapel (Peter Kerchhoff) and Pietermaritz Streets, Pietermaritzburg.

Artist Carola Gordon (nee Brotherton) was born in India in 1940 but grew up in Pietermaritzburg. In the 1960s, when she was a student and teacher in the Department of Fine Art, University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), she created art works around many old inner city buildings.
This exhibition from the Gallery’s permanent collection comprises pen & ink drawings and linoprints of a number of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the centre of Pietermaritzburg. Carola focused on the exteriors of the buildings, often emphasizing the two-dimensional character of their cast iron decorations.
On the exhibition each building is juxtaposed with a photographic image of what is found at that street address inAugust 2015. The display shows that, subsequent to Carola’s documentation, some buildings have been restored, some altered, and some have developed signs of deterioration. Two of the buildings have been demolished.
Carola and her husband, Martin Gordon, now live in Edinburgh, where Carola is a well-known Scottish artist who still pursues her life-long interest in depicting historic buildings.
One Lecture remains of the educational programme around Building History, and it promises to be fascinating given the current conversations around electricity:
Saturday 27 February at 11h00: Free Talk by Debbie Whelan in the Lecture Theatre : The advent of electricity in Pietermaritzburg
Bookings (essential) and enquiries: Kobie at 033 3922 819 or kobie.venter@msunduzi.gov.za

Tatham Art Gallery
Building History
Exhibition closes Sunday 22 May 17h00.
Hours: 10h00 to 17h00 Tues to Sun.
Tel: 0333922801