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HERITAGE ART EXHIBITION (article first published : 2008-08-29)

The Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Kizo Art Gallery’s annual Heritage Art Festival is once again an ambitious multi-layered, forward-thinking festival of more than a dozen art themed events which launches with the phenomenal Heritage Art Exhibition which opens to the public on September 2.

The anchor event of the enormous season is the Heritage Art Exhibition which will be held at the Kizo Art Gallery with the theme of A Living Legacy and deals with how a great artist’s work lives long after his passing thereby motivating, inspiring and touching those who view it. The exhibition will therefore include many of the country’s top contemporary talents together with some of South Africa’s most respected old masters.

Curated by Bongi Bengu and Nathi Gumede, A Living Legacy is already touted as one of the most interesting and encompassing group shows of 2008. The exhibition showcases some of South Africa’s top artists including John Muafangejo, Trevor Makhoba, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Koloane, Norman Catherine, Pat Mautloa, Helen Sebidi, Dinkies Sithole, Wayne Barker, Dumisani Mabaso, Nontobeko Ntombela, Johan Thom, Colbert Mashile, George Msimang, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Themba Shibase, Mlu Zondi, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Sharlene Khan, Sfiso Ka-Mkame, Cecil Skotnes, Gabi Nkosi, Eduardo Villa, Maud Sumner, Speelman Mahlangu, Collen Maswanganyi, Peter Clarke, Walter Battiss, Willie Bester and others.

The exhibition will open to the public on September 2 and will run until September 28, with a collectors’ catalogue written by Khwezi Guli. The pieces will not be for sale in the conventional manner, but will be up for auction at the end of the festival.

The season sees a dozen or so events being staged at Kizo and throughout the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, as well as select projects further afield. Events include: the Hambanathi School Mural project; a Top Billing Workshop on September 15 hosted by ceramicist Clive Sithole; the Heritage Awards Ceremony which acknowledges the contribution of six remarkable South Africans; a workshop by curator / administrator Khwezi Gule; the Gateway to the Arts; Love Art Expo; South Court; Try Your Hand at Painting; Artist in Motion; Gavin Rain in person; Clint Strydom and Music and Dance Pavilion.

Entrance is free and all are welcome. More information from Nathi Gumede, curator Kizo Gallery, on 031 566 4324, fax 031 566 2494 or email: nathig@kizo.co.za or visit www.kizo.co.za

Kizo wishes to acknowledge its valuable partners: The ever-supportive Gateway Theatre of Shopping; Independent Newspapers; the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism; KwaCulture; the Department of Economic Development; the Business Support Unit, Ethekwini; Committed Artists; Imax; Audio Excellence and the city’s Celebrate Durban initiative without whom this season would not be possible.




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