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DURBAN ODYSSEY (article first published : 2007-11-14)

Just opened at the DUT Art Gallery is a special exhibition (the last one for the year). Titled Durban Odyssey, by Alex Flett who is based in Scotland, it comprises a series of prints, drawings and sculpture works. Most of the artworks to be shown in this exhibition reflect the artist's many visits to South Africa over seven years. Although some of the works were created in Scotland, most them were created in South Africa.

With an extensive artistic career spanning over 39 years, Alex Flett has made a significant contribution to the art world by encouraging an art dialogue between South Africa and Scotland. It is this dialogue which has established his relationship with the Durban University of Technology. The art gallery's continuous aim is to encourage artistic practice and strengthen relationships with artists of an international stature.

Alex Flett was born in 1950 in small town called Findochty in northern Scotland. He studied Fine Art at Winchester and St Martins and at the London Slade School under Sir William Coldstream. With many exhibitions to his name, he is also an associate member of the human rights active body, Art for Humanity, and project Director of the Kirkcudbright International Art Festival.

His first visit to South Africa was in 2000 as a board member of the Amasiko Cultural Programme, a part of the International AIDS Conference held in Durban in July of that year. He has also contributed to the print portfolio organized by Art for Humanity both as an artist and also as an advisor. He is represented in the Break the Silence print portfolio with a print entitled Three Dancers and also initiated a pilot Residency Programme in 2002/3 as part of a travelling exhibition of the Break the Silence Print Portfolio to the Dundee University Gallery in Scotland and the Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries, Scotland.

Durban Odyssey runs for the rest of November and into December. The DUT Art Gallery is situated on the first floor of the library building, Steve Biko Campus in Mansfield Road. More information from the DUT Art Gallery Curator on tel/fax 031 373 2207 or email: nontobekon@dut.ac.za of visit www.dut.ac.za




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