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OLD ARTS GALLERY (article first published : 1999-06-14)

The Old Arts Gallery in the Inter Hall, Old Arts Building, University of Pretoria, will be managed permanently by mother and daughter team, Frieda van Schalkwyk Art Consulting, in collaboration with the division of cultural affairs of the Department of Marketing Services. The opening exhibition, which focuses on contemporary South African art, includes reasonably priced paintings, graphics and sculptures. These will remain on view until July 12 with pieces being exchanged on a regular basis.

Consultation for fine art purchases required for collections, homes and offices is also available from the Old Arts Gallery. “Recently a number of questions have been raised with regard to the necessity of artworks in offices,” says Thea. “The acquisition of artworks has been placed low on the priority list or estimated with the company structures as a result of corporate rationalisation. The perception that it attracts a limited audience, also exists. Questions are also raised with regard to the high prices modern art is starting to cost. It is my vision and believe that there are methods to place this creative form of expression within the context of society, to make it work for and with it. Also to give artists a well-deserved chance and to safeguard them from exploitation.”

Frieda van Schalkwyk’s mother was the first woman to receive a degree for an extra-mural subject she studied in the Old Arts Building. Both Frieda and her daughter Thea are fine arts graduates from the University of Pretoria.

Gallery times are Monday to Friday 10h00 to 16h30. For details contact Cara Cochrane on (011) 803-8233 or 082 741-6282


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