Celebrating Heritage Month

National Heritage Day which is celebrated annually on 24 September was declared a public
holiday by Government in 1995. In his speech to commemorating Heritage Day in 1996,
former State President, Nelson Mandela said, “… we decided to make Heritage Day one of
our National Days because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a
profound power to help build a new Nation”.
This year, African Art Centre will once again be uniting with other heritage practitioners and
enthusiasts, Art Museums and Galleries in celebrating Heritage Month by mounting an
exhibition of paintings, works on paper and ceramics by ten artists, Welcome Danca,
Clement Dube, Sibusiso Duma, Pat Khoza, Joseph Manana, Lalelani Mbhele,Jabu Nala,
Gabisile Nkosi, Victor Shange and Selby Sibiya. Original works on paper by Joseph
Manana, Clement Dube, Selby Sibiya and Pat Khoza have been supplied by Caversham
Centre for Artists and Writers. The exhibition looks at the contributions that a selection of
artists from KwaZulu Natal has made to the history and heritage of the province. The focus
is on the contemporary messages of their artworks as signifiers of the history of art and the
visual discourse between past and present traditions.
Joseph Manana, an accomplished artist has been associated with the African Art Centre
since the 1980’s paintings depict scenes of the daily battles and joys of KwaZulu Natal’s
people. In the screen print by late Gabisile Nkosi, her ability to achieve subtle effects by
delicate mark making and line is evident. Jabu Nala, has built a reputation for herself in the
South African ceramic art world with large vessels of exceptional design and creativity. She
has recently further developed her ceramic vessel shapes which confirm her mastery of
ceramic pottery making skill. Sibusiso Duma, recently selected as one of ten finalists of the
ABSA Atelier brings to the exhibition unique paintings depicting stories of his life patiently
executed in vibrant colour and in the style of pointillism. Welcome Danca who has been
associated with the African Art Centre for many years and one of KwaZulu Natal’s most
distinctive artists uses the medium of paint to describe his day to day life. Conceptually he
explores personal memories reflecting specifically on his rural childhood and how these
memories have influenced the way in which he responds to his most immediate space.
Victor Shanges’s paintings of the KwaZulu Natal rural landscape illustrate his ability to
achieve atmospheric quality by brilliant mark making and immaculate execution. Lalelani
Mbhele, the youngest of the group is a versatile young upcoming artist who through his
work provides a narrative of everyday life.
The works on exhibition illustrate the standard of excellence and multiplicity which has been
reached in South African Visual Art by a selection of KwaZulu Natal’s foremost artists.
The exhibition will be opened by Ms Dolly Khumalo, Manager: Provincial Museum Services
on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 at 17:30.
For additional information contact the Director, Sharon Crampton on 031-312 3904/5 or
email africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za
The exhibition closes on 26 September 2010.