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INDIGENOUS ARTIFACTS EXHIBITION (article first published : 2006-05-2)

The BAT Centre is opening the doors of the Menzi Mchunu Gallery to new, emerging, talented artists and crafters working in any medium by providing a platform to show new and exciting works in an exhibition of indigenous artifacts which addresses the theme of cultural diversity.

“The purpose is to allow artists to engage themselves with the public and to showcase their artistic skills,” says Njabulo Mtshali, BAT’s visual art curator. ”For some of the artists, this will be the first time that they will be exhibiting in a formal gallery space. The BAT Centre consciously aims to promote new artists by exposing them to a local, national and international audience. It hopes to contribute to the economy by building a new market by attracting domestic and international money.

“The BAT Centre is inviting artists and crafters to be part of this month-long exhibition by displaying their innovative ideas,” adds Njabulo. “It has been the BAT Centre’s vision and mission to continually promote and cultivate the established and developing art in the province. The exhibition will focus on indigenous knowledge that has been taken for granted by western ideas. It is looking at the self-taught artists who have gained experience and inspiration from their surroundings.”

The closing date for submissions is May 12, 2006. The BAT Centre will attempt to sell the pieces. Submissions should include the following information: the value of the piece; the medium used; the title; the artist’s name; a short profile / biography; the size of the piece and a photograph of the piece (if possible).

Submissions should be made to Njabulo Mtshali at the BAT Centre in the Small Craft Harbour or by phoning 031 332 0451.

The Indigenous Artifacts Exhibition itself opens on May 20 in the Menzi Mchunu Gallery to run for a month.




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