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100 PORTRAITS OF KING CETSHWAYO (article first published : 2003-01-23)

There was right royal excitement at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on Monday with more than 100 portraits of King Cetshwayo to keep hidden from public view. The final entries in the gallery's competition for a commissioned portrait of the King to hang in the stairwell, eyeballing his old adversary Queen Victoria, were arriving.

The Tatham has received over 100 entries for the R100,000 commission. Although no names are being mentioned yet - everything is secret until the exhibition opens on February 6 - some of South Africa's top artists have submitted works, along with relative unknowns, all fired up by the challenge. "There's a wonderful variety," said the Tatham's deputy director, Bryony Clarke as she and gallery staff member Kobie Venter considered the submissions. "They have come from all over the country, with quite a few from local artists as well," said Venter.

She had stories to tell of how the works arrived. One young artist came down from Johannesburg in a taxi with her painting on her lap. She gave it to Venter and was off again, heading for the first taxi back to Gauteng. Another painting was flown down from the Free State in a private plane - with a one-eyed pilot who had to dodge thunderstorms and mist to get to Oribi.

Now it is over to the competition judges who are the Tatham's Acquisitions Committee, assisted by co-opted experts to guide them on cultural issues. They will choose five finalists, each of whom will receive R5,000. The final winner will be announced on March 3, and then he or she has until the end of September to create the final work, measuring a massive two and a half by one and a half metres.

The finalists will be announced when historian David Rattray opens the exhibition on February 6 and the public will be able to see all the entries and choose their own favourite. To increase the excitement, there will be a silent auction running during the exhibition and people who would like to buy one of the works - all, except the final winner, will be for sale - can come in to the gallery and place a secret bid. The exhibition will close on March 9. Margaret von Klemperer




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