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RENAULT SA ART AND CULTURE (article first published : 2005-04-11)

Renault SA’s Art and Culture project will be launched in KwaZulu-Natal on April 12. The keynote speaker will be Narend Singh, KZN MEC for Arts, Culture and Tourism. This is the second leg of a long-term nationwide arts patronage programme aimed at providing local artists with the opportunity to exhibit their works, and giving the general public the opportunity to view and purchase them. The exhibition will be open for public viewing.

The project was first launched in March this year, in Claremont, Cape Town, where the works of artists, Madi Phala and Nkoali Nawa, were on display.

Now it’s KwaZulu-Natal’s turn. The Renault showroom in Gateway, Meridian Drive, Umhlanga, will be transformed into an art gallery for this event.

Says Roland Bouchara, Managing Director of Renault SA, “The response in Cape Town was excellent and a fitting reflection of our overall vision for the artists and the country in general. Our aim is to provide a platform for those artists who reflect the character of South Africa and to make their work accessible to all by offering selected show rooms around the country as art galleries for a day.”

Renault covers all the costs of exhibiting as well as that of materials required to produce the work. The artists who will exhibit in Umhlanga are Mduduzi Xakaza from KwaZulu-Natal and John Newdigate and Ian Garrett, both from the Western Cape.

“We are confident you will find their work a true reflection of the kaleidoscope that is South Africa and thus invite you to enjoy the art and possibly even take home a piece of that kaleidoscope,” adds Roland Bouchara, “Each artist will display a selection of their art, ranging from paintings, ceramics and pottery. All of them have been selected by renowned art historian, Barbara Lindop. They have impressive CVs and have all demonstrated serious commitment to their art. In return, we will demonstrate our serious and long-term commitment to the project.”

The Renault showroom and art will be open for public viewing on April 13 from 09h00 to 16h00.




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