DUT’S WORLD OF ART AND JEWELS
By: Tony Manyangadze
Yesterday was yet another memorable night at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts as the Durban University of Technology’s Fine Art and Jewellery Design Department marked the beginning of a five-day exhibition.
This annual DUT Fine Art and Jewellery Design Exhibition premiered a year ago with the aim of recognising selected students and graduates’ work by allowing the public and other artists and designers to come and have a look at or even purchase these works.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to exhibit their work to the public in a professional environment,” said Dr Anthony Starkey, Head of DUT’s Fine Art & Jewellery Design Department.
Dr Starkey is also convinced that this exhibition is a portrayal of strong group dynamic between third and fourth-year students as it awards the students a chance to learn from each other, to investigate various cultures and also the space between rural and urban areas.
The veteran lecturer, who is retiring at the end of this year after thirty three years of lecturing, is confident in the works of his students and also his department’s approach to Art.
“The student’s works on display here today is a true indication of our diversity, there is a trend but not a style,” said Dr Starkey.
The icing on the cake came in form of awards and prizes. Outstanding students from Fine Arts and Jewellery Design were famed for doing exceptionally well in their trade. Jessica Bothma, a third year Fine Arts student was one of them. She won the award for topping her class.
“I am very happy that all my hard work [has] been noted, I am proud to say it was worthy working hard,” she said.
This exhibition is still on until the 10th of November and members of the public are invited to KZNSA to feast their senses and experience the world of these young artists, free of charge.