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SAGID EXHIBITION (article first published : 2000-03-23)

The KZN chapter of the South African Guild of Interior Designers are currently exhibiting at the Technikon Art Gallery on the Berea campus. The aim is to foster a working relationship between practising artists- students, part-timers or professionals – and designers or decorators who are often unfamiliar with sources of good original artwork.

There is a lack of original art used for domestic as well as corporate work – not the special few who have large budgets and educated clients but the major body of work that falls prey to the “print” market. The often-prohibitive prices of framing poses the question of the feasibility of spending upwards of R1 500 on framing a R200 print when the client could have bought a good painting that would be theirs alone.

Shirley Burrows, one of the exhibition organisers, holds a degree in fine art and has practiced as an interior designer for the past 25 years. “While many exhibitions provide an invaluable source of work, many others are too cerebral in subject matter and often difficult to place in a particular environment,” she says. “It is hoped that the artists will approach the designers and vice-versa and a dialogue will be set up between them. It is only by being pro-active in choosing original work, offering a wide spectrum of style and price and choosing a piece for its intrinsic value rather than its cosmetic appearance, will the designer help educate the public at large.”

The exhibition remains open until March 30 but any interested artists may contact Arlene McDade on 467-4764. The gallery’s contact number is 204-2207.




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