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AFRICAN ART CENTRE ON THE MOVE (article first published : 2006-10-29)

The African Art Centre has moved to new premises at 94 Florida Road, Durban,-after nine years at Tourist Junction in the city centre.

“Our new premises are on the ground floor of a building re-furbished by Design Workshop, whose driving force is Janina Masojada. Janina is architect of the New Positional Court in Johannesburg and her work is commendable,” says Anthea Martin, Director of the African Art Centre.

The move will give the centre a much needed” a face to the public” and since it is now so conveniently positioned (visible from Argyle and Florida Roads and opposite the Quarters Hotel) the AAC looks forward to attracting a new audience and much more cross cultural interest. The new premises has safe, convenient and dedicated customer parking outside the premises which makes a visit from supporters and members enticing and the new positioning will ensure those tourists enjoy the buzz and ambience of Florida Road with all its restaurants, hotels, galleries and boutique shops.

The Durban African Art Centre upholds its mission, which is to provide an outlet for training, promotion of the artist and selling of the craftpeoples’ work. Another objective is to provide incentives for artists of KZN and South Africa as a whole and to assist individuals and self–help projects to provide a sustainable income for rural and urban people

Anthea Martin adds that the Centre will continue to help and promote young and established artists/craftspeople to become self supporting by accessing funding for training and development and for exhibitions /displays and publicity. “ The work we exhibit here is of the highest quality, originality and creativity and it is necessary for us to communicate and document traditional and contemporary trends in art and craft to preserve our cultural heritage, through The African Arts Centre,” she says.

The first exhibition in the new premises will feature an exhibition of baskets from Angeline Masuku, winner of the FNB VITA CRAFTS AWARDS 2006, and her sister Nomusa.

The grand opening of the new venue will tke place on November 2 at 17h30. All are welcome. The African Art Centre phone numbers have changed to 031 312 3804 and fax 031 312 3818.




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