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AFRICAN ART CENTRE EXHIBITIONS (article first published : 2006-12-2)

Three exhibitions will open at the African Art Centre’s new premises in Florida Road on December 6 at 17h30.

These include mosaics and beaded wire sculptures by Innocent Thamsanqa Hlela who is an artist who came up through the African Art Centre’s Velobala Group art classes. This will be his first one-man exhibition.

A further exhibition features exquisitely carved wooden sculptures by master carver Julius Mfethe.

The third exhibition will be presented by the students of the Velobala Group art classes in 2006. Velobala is an outreach fine art programme funded by The National Arts Council and administered by The African Art Centre which has been running for 10 years.

The opening of these exhibitions will also include a Christmas celebration event with the architects of 94 Florida Road - Design Workshop. One of the partners, Janina Masojada, will open the exhibition. The evening will also mark the launch of Light on the hill - building the New Constitutional Court.

“While the African Art Centre’s Mission will stay the same, in the future the Centre wants to reach a wider market to promote more of an appreciation of our talented artists and superb craftspeople,” says AAC Director Anthea Martin. “We hope the new shop will give a fresh look and help to show their works in a new way. We also hope to be more inclusive with our exhibitions.”

The African Art Centre’s Mission Statement is to provide an outlet for training, promoting and selling artists and craftspeople's work. It also aims to provide incentives for all artists and craftspeople of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa as a whole and in the process to assist individuals and self-help projects to provide a sustainable income for rural and urban people.

Another aim is to help promote young and established artists/craftspeople to become self-supporting by accessing funding for training, development and for exhibitions/ displays and publicity. It is committed to discovering, encouraging and nurturing works of creativity, originality and of the highest quality.

As part of the Centre’s overall aim to preserve South Africa’s cultural heritage, it also focuses on communicating and documenting traditional and contemporary trends in art and craft.

The African Art Centre is situated at 94 Florida Road, Durban. The new contact numbers are phone 031 312 3804 and fax 031 312 3818.




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