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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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Press Release Scream

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Press release. 20 Years Later - A Fresh Look at the Bill of Rights

Press release. 20 Years Later - A Fresh Look at the Bill of Rights

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Justice Albie Sachs to open Human Rights Arts Exhibition

Justice Albie Sachs to open Human Rights Arts Exhibition

To kick off its 2016 exhibition programme, the African Art Centre recently released a call inviting local KZN

artists to be part of a Human Rights exhibition themed 20 Years Later: A Fresh Look at the Bill of Rights.

The African Art Centre has a new home

The African Art Centre has a new home

South Africa’s longest surviving organization involved in the development and promotion of African artists and crafters is entering a new phase in its rich 57 year history. In early October the African Art Centre moved to 15 Station Drive, in the heart of one of Durban’s fast-growing cultural hubs.
Group Exhibition: Interpret Durban 7 SHIFT

Group Exhibition: Interpret Durban 7 SHIFT

The African Art Centre is pleased to invite you to a group exhibition by Zainab Ismail, Iain Robinson and Levi Matthew Arrikum. 
Media Release: I am an African

Media Release: I am an African

To commemorate Africa month, African Art Centre invited selected artists to participate in an exhibition themed I AM AN AFRICAN.

Group Exhibition: Heritage Reloaded

Group Exhibition: Heritage Reloaded

Celebrating its first exhibition in its new home, the African Art Centre released a call inviting local KZN artists to be part of a group exhibition themed Heritage Reloaded: Re-engaging the meaning and dynamics of cultural heritage in contemporary Africa. 
Celebrating the Velobala Class of 2016: Group Exhibition

Celebrating the Velobala Class of 2016: Group Exhibition

The African Art Centre is pleased to host the Velobala Class of 2016 Group exhibition showcasing charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, chalk pastel drawings, paintings and jewellery.

A Women’s Touch (Pottery Exhibition) 2017

A Women’s Touch (Pottery Exhibition) 2017

African Art Centre cordially invites you to ‘A Women’s Touch’ exhibition in commemoration with national women’s month.