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YIVUME WETHU (article first published : 2000-08-31)

The NSA’s Mezzanine and Park Gallery will host an exhibition titled Yivume Wethu: A celebration of national heritage from September 3 at 16h00 to September 21.

Golden Scenario Art Projects was launched in Pietermaritzburg in 1997, an initiative by four visual artists (Zakhele Hlatshwayo, Phumzile Dlamini, Khanyisile Mbuli and Mduduzi Xakaza) who practice in various disciplines, media and themes. The initial and main motive behind the formation of this organisation (currently growing at a spectacular rate in terms of general membership) was to secure both popular and business support of creative activity within the iNdlovu region of this province. This would help artists determine and pursue marketing goals to meet their economic needs and gain a sense of self-dependency. The organisation aims to create solidarity amongst artists that share the same experiences and convictions.

The primary aim of this exhibition is to provide artists resident in KZN with an opportunity to present their understanding of the concept of heritage within the socio-political context of South Africa. For these purposes artists from all cultural backgrounds have been invited to take part.

In order to ensure that works submitted for selection were of an acceptable standard, free art clinics were conducted by Jenny Cullinan and Paul Sibisi in Pietermaritzburg and Durban in August. The sessions were used as forums for discussion of ideas around the theme and constructive criticism aimed at assisting the artists with management of their careers.

Artists exhibiting in this exiting project include Paul Sibisi, Trevor Makhoba, George Msimang, Zamokwakhe Gumede, Joseph Manana, Michelle Batchelder, Trevor Makhoba, Gobi Nkobo, Nonhlanhla Mhlongo, Pinky Madlabane, Nathi Gumede and Mduduzi Xakaza.

The exhibition received funding from the KZN Arts and Culture Trust.




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