Pietermaritzburg Treasure

Tatham Art Gallery by Karen Edwards r(2)

Tatham Art Gallery – An Icon, caught by Photographer extraordinaire, Karen Edwards

The Tatham Art Gallery, situated in the centre of Pietermaritzburg, is not only a museum but also an oasis for weary travellers to the city. It is a vibrant cultural centre where several different visual art exhibitions are on view, including the permanent collection of internationally recognised British, French and South African paintings from 19th – 21st centuries.

The current temporary exhibitions include an exhibition by Mary Sibande, the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist: The Purple Shall Govern; and the retrospective exhibition, Diamond Bozas: Life and Work. On Sunday 17 November 2013 the annual Fabulous Picture Show opens at 10h30, and the auction of these works takes place on Friday 22 November 2013 at 18h00. Café Tatham is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 10h00 and 16h00. It is the perfect venue for a meeting, a light lunch or tea.

In October we open the Siyabonga Sikosana solo exhibition called No Place Like Home, which runs until Sunday 1 December 2013.

This vibrant young artist, who comes from Willow Fountain in Greater Pietermaritzburg, has become well-known for his detailed and often humorous acrylic or oil paintings of life in the semi-rural communities so familiar to him. His canvases are alive with contrasts:romantic against realistic images, subtle against pure colours, light against dark, near against far.

Often, quirky comments are inserted in the form of signs at spaza shops or graffiti on the walls of houses. Sometimes these are upside down, or imaginary. People are busy with everyday activities, such as selling, washing, loitering, attending celebrations or stealing electricity. The artist plays the role of a non-judgmental observer who loves people. The spirit of Ubuntu is alive in his work.

Many of his life-like scenes are painted from memory, but often people recognize specific scenes. He likes to slip in a surprise or two, especially in the lettering that he uses.

The Gallery is situated on Chief Albert Luthuli Road (was Commercial Road), opposite the City Hall, Pietermaritzburg.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10h00 – 17h00
email: brendan.bell@msunduzi.gov.za
Tel: 033 392 2801

Siyabonga Sikosana

Siyabonga Sikosana – supplied