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YIVUME WETHU (article first published : 2000-09-4)

A Golden Scenario Art Project, Yivume Wethu: A celebration of national heritage, runs in the NSA Galleries’ Mezzanine and Park Gallery in September.

Golden Scenario Art Projects was launched in Pietermaritzburg in 1997. Its membership base steadily growing, it is an initiative by four visual artists whom practice in various disciplines, media and themes; Zakhele Hlatshwayo, Phumzile Dlamini, Khanyisile Mbuli and Mduduzi Xakaza. The initial main motive of the organisation was to secure popular and business support of creative activity within the iNdlovu region of KZN to help artists determine and pursue their marketing goals to meet their economic needs and gain a sense of self-dependency. Another goal is to create solidarity amongst artists that share the same experiences and convictions.

The aim of Yivume Wethu: A celebration of national heritage 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. 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 during 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.

Among the artists exhibiting are 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 which runs from September 3 to 21 received funding from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Arts and Culture Trust.




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