eTHEKWINI PAVES WAY FOR OUT DOOR ART
By Winston Sibanda
The Durban Art Gallery (DAG) held its first eThekwin Art Prize group exhibition on Thursday evening.
Makhanye said that the aim of the competition was to showcase outdoor public art.
“Our city is beautiful and yet boring. We lack artwork that shows how rich and diverse KZN art is,” said Makhanye
Guest speaker Professor Julliette Leeb-du Toit said the exhibition was a reminder of the vast creativity in KwaZulu-Natal.
She urged artists not to look down upon the province.
She said, “KZN is celebrated nationwide for its artwork and yet we still look down upon ourselves. We should develop a culture of celebrating our work here.”
Clive Sithole who won the art prize competition said his work has taught him to value women as they have played a pivotal role in his artwork. He paid tribute to his twin sister whom he described as his inspiration.
Robin Opperman from Umcebo Trust said that people should learn to recycle and create masterpieces. He specialises in chandeliers using recycled material.
“Artwork hanging in art galleries- people do not feel personal contact, but if you use their day to day waste they relate to it,”said Opperiman.
Umcebo designs has embarked on an initiative to promote bead-work. The initiative has been introduced at Wits University in Johannesburg.
According to Makhanya, this competition is the first of many as the city is embarking on projects to promote outdoor art. Currently, Sithole’s winning piece is being showcased at the end of Pixley Kaseme road close to South beach.