The African Art Centre

Established in 1959, the African Art Centre is a non-profit company which preserves and mentors the development of arts, craft and design; showcasing local creative talent to stimulate sustainable social and economic upliftment.

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Elliott Mkhize - 1945 - 2020 A Biography

Elliott Mkhize (1945-2020)

Elliott Mkhize was born in 1945 at Ixopo in KwaZuluNatal. At primary school he acquired grass weaving skills.  As a young man in the 1960's he attended the Ndaleni Art School in Richmond, which was a Teachers Training School. He was taught by Lorna Pearson who was a teacher at the school for 18 years and then became director of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. At Ndaleni he learnt telephone wire weaving and became an expert in hard wire weaving. Hard wire baskets are made from the inside out, in outward circles, with the telephone wire being wound around a galvanised wire core.  This technique is very hard on the fingers and requires great strength to create the tight weaves that Elliott was so famous for. His designs were related to beadwork patterns and traditional Zulu geometric shapes.

Elliott's works are represented in the Campbell Collections, The Durban Art Gallery, The Vukani Museum, The Tatham Art Gallery, The Johannesburg Art Gallery and the South African National Gallery and in many private collections.

Elliott was a generous teacher, and passed on his weaving skills to many young weavers. He will be greatly missed.

Fine Art now on sale at the Centre

Fine Art now on sale at the Centre

The African Art Centre has a large collection of fine art in stock, made by many artists who have been discovered, promoted and developed through exhibitions and workshops. The Velobala Art Programme has been running continuously since 1993.  Many of the new and exciting artists have come up through the Velobala art classes.
NEW EXHIBITION PLANNED BY THE AFRICAN ART CENTRE

NEW EXHIBITION PLANNED BY THE AFRICAN ART CENTRE

NEW EXHIBITION PLANNED BY THE AFRICAN ART CENTRE
ENCHANTED CREATURES OF THE FOREST
POSTPONED BUT WE HOPE TO SHOW THIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE

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