Footsteps of the Father


The African Art Centre is pleased to host the Footsteps of the Father Group exhibition showcasing charcoal, oil pastel, chalk pastel drawings, mixed medium, collage, photography and paintings. All works have been produced by participants in the Velobala programme of 2017.

The Footsteps of the Fathers is a depiction of the roles played by fathers in our society. This theme can be interpreted in many ways the artists confront and deal with matters relating to family politics, economics, social conditions, the past, present and more.  This exhibition aims to create dialogue around the definition of a father - does the father have to be a male figure? What norms does society or the mass media dictate to us? What makes a father great?

Exhibiting artists include Zazi Wiseman Nxumalo, Nhlanhla Chonco, Xolile Mazibuko, Khulekani Mkhize, Shubnum Khan, Major Ndlovu and Anthea Martin and others.

This exhibition is part of the African Art Centre’s Velobala Exhibition-Making workshop series, in which selected Durbanites were coached .to conceptualise, administer and mount an exhibition.   The curation team for the Footsteps of the Fathers are Phakamani Dladla, Leevi Matthew, Phindile Mkize and Siyasanga Tundzi.

The Footsteps of the Fathers will be opened by Carol Brown. The exhibition will also include performances by Afro Jazz musician Philani Ngidi and performing artists Afro Divas.

The exhibition will open at 6pm on Thursday, 7th June, 2018 at the African Art Centre on 15A Station Drive.  This exhibition runs until 1st July, 2018.  For more details contact the African Art Centre on 031 3034634 or email