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DURBAN TODAY (article first published : 2006-02-14)

Durban Today is produced by the Quality of Life booklet which was launched by the Ethekwini Municipality’s Corporate Policy Department last year.

The eThekwini Municipality is committed to improving quality of life. To this end, households in traditional dwellings, townships, informal settlements and in suburbs have been researched since 1998 in order to understand what a good quality life means to the residents of the Durban Metropolitan Area.

As a companion to the research, artists have been commissioned to visually demonstrate some of the findings and issues resulting from the research in an easily accessible and visual way. The artworks have been used to illustrate a comprehensive manual which presents the findings of research in an interesting and viewer-friendly manner. The Durban Art Gallery will host the exhibition of the original art works in conjunction with the launch of the research findings manual.

Works include ceramic relief sculpture panels and puppet heads by Wendy Nel; cartoons and line illustrations by Dan Sheldon; line drawings by Sabelo Vilane; Durban’s doorways by Doung Jahangeer and photographs by Ben Haskins, Gisele Turner, Thomas Ferreira, Peter Bendheim, Prakash Bhikha and staff at iTrump.

Also used were works from the African Arts Centre including pieces by painter Joseph Manana; the crafters at Embo Craft in Botha’s Hill; the Mapulo Embroidery Project; work by Anne Makwana; Elsie Maluleke and Irene Mathe. Project leader for eQuality of Life is Brian O’Leary of the Corporate Policy Unit, Ethekwini Municipality.

Durban Today opens on February 15 to run until the end of March. The Durban Art Gallery is situated in the City Hall, entrance in Smith Street opposite the Playhouse. More information on 031 311 2262.




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