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PRIZED EXHIB ITION FOR DURBAN? (article first published : 2000-01-10)

Curator of the NSA Galleries, Storm Janse van Rensburg is currently negotiating with the FNB Vita Awards and the Sandton Civic Gallery to host the FNB Vita annual fine arts exhibition at the NSA, after its run in Johannesburg. “They are very positive about this and the only 'drawback' is additional funding and certain logistical implications due to the nature of cutting-edge practice,” says Storm. “I am prepared to break my back to get it here in 2000, as I feel that it would open communication channels and networks that would boost KZN artists and break the unseen, unnecessary barriers that exist between the provinces.

“The possibilities of more representation in the awards are numerous - from critics' involvement in the catalogues to judges from the province etc.,” he adds. “And if we promote this important event in the South African contemporary art world in the province, hopefully more of KZN artists could be represented in the future.“

Hopefully, Storm will be successful in his efforts as one of the major problems facing the arts in KZN is that the majority of our top artists – in all disciplines, not just the arts – leave the province for Johannesburg or Cape Town and a more appreciative and financially supportive public. To host the FNB Vita fine arts exhibition in KZN would offer a starting point for an increased flow of ideas.




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