Celebrating the Velobala Class of 2017: Group Exhibition

The African Art Centre is pleased to host the Velobala Class of 2017 Group exhibition showcasing charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, chalk pastel drawings, paintings and jewellery design.


The Velobala Programme is an African Art Centre Development Project that offers formal art classes to young talented black artists who do not have the financial means to enroll for tertiary-level art training. Initiated in 1994, this African Art Centre programme is an ongoing commitment to facilitate exploration of different mediums for young talented artists, including ceramics, drawing, painting, jewellery and printmaking. This project is supported by the Durban University of Technology’s Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design.


Over a period of 10 months the 2017 Velobala Programme saw the development of 28 aspiring artists.  Lungisani Ndlovu, a second year student who excelled in the programme, said this: “When I started attending the Velobala programme I had very little knowledge of art, after attending the Saturday classes I learnt how to produce art pieces in different mediums.  The Velobala programme gave me the confidence to experiment with my own ideas. Through the programme the African Art Centre created an opportunity for me to exhibit my artworks at the African Art Centre gallery.”

The Velobala 2017 exhibition at the African Art Centre will be opened from Thursday 1 February.


The Centre would like to thank the Artists for Human Rights Trust, the National Arts Council and the Durban University of Technology Fine Arts and Jewellery Department for partnering with the African Art Centre on this programme.  The exhibition is supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa.


Individuals interested in applying for the 2018 Velobala Development Programme can contact the African Art Centre for the application process.  Deadline for applications is 29 January 2018.


For more details contact the African Art Centre on 031 3034634 or email africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za

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About the African Art Centre:

The African Art Centre is a fine art and crafts centre with a gallery and a retail outlet.  Our core work focusses on artist development, showcase and growing the creative economy.


The African Art Centre was initiated in 1959 by the Natal Region of the South African Institute for Race Relations.


Role of the African Art Centre during the Apartheid Era:

  • Medium of communication in a divided society
  • Worked towards bringing people with common interests together
  • Public showcase of African artists and crafters

In 1984, the African Art Centre was registered as a non profit section 21 company


AAC Recognizes and addresses: 

  • The problems of unemployment
  • The socio-economic consequences of South Africa’s history
  • The need for all people to have the opportunity to work and earn a living
  • The intrinsic value of human dignity achieved through being able to work
  • The need to kindle and stimulate self-motivation through acquired skills
  • The need for personal gain and development to be linked as directly possible to personal effort - self-sustaining and economically

Vision

Creating an enabling environment for the sustainable development, promotion and preservation of African arts and crafts with special focus on KwaZulu-Natal.


Mission

  • To provide a platform for training and development
  • To provide an outlet for promoting and selling works done by KZN artists and crafters
  • To create jobs and a sustainable income for KZN artists and crafters
  • To provide a professional space for young and established artists and crafters to exhibit
  • To discover, encourage and nurture works of creativity, originality and the highest quality
  • To communicate and document traditional and contemporary trends in local arts and crafts
  • To preserve our cultural heritage