The African Art Centre is showcasing an exhibition of artwork by the Velobala Group and a
new range of beaded and telephone wire summer jewellery designed by Hlengiwe Dube,
Pippa Whittle and Liz Mitchell. The exhibition will open at the African Art Centre on
Wednesday, 8 December 2010 at 17:30.
The VELOBALA GROUP is an African Art Centre Development Project aimed at offering
formal art classes to young talented black artists who do not have the financial means to
enrol for tertiary, recognized art training. By means of this initiative which was initiated in
1994 the African Art Centre has over a period of sixteen years demonstrated an ongoing
commitment to engaging with young talented artists and allowing them to explore different
mediums including ceramics, drawing, painting, jewellery and printmaking.
This project, supported by the Department of Fine Art of the Durban University of
Technology has reached over 300 artists and has proved that art is a universal language that
can be used to create employment, educate, heal and develop mutual respect.
The classes are presented by lecturers, professional artists and 4 th year fine art students
from the Department of Fine Art. Durban University of Technology on Saturdays between
09h00 and 14h00 at the premises of the Durban University of Technology.
The African Art Centre facilitates and presents unique, innovative and successful projects by
means of our Development Programmes. To compliment the Velobala Group exhibition, a
new range of innovative beaded, felt and telephone wire jewellery will be on display. The
range of jewellery has been specially created by selected highly skilled crafters who have
been attending Development Workshops presented by the African Art Centre throughout
the year. The workshops aim at developing new skills and techniques, product development
and encourage the production of works of originality and of the highest quality.The designs
are based on traditional Zulu beadwork, which have been transformed into contemporary
The opening will include a performance on Timbila xylophone and percussion by
Sazi Dlamini, (School of Music, University of KwaZulu Natal) and Abalozi
For additional information contact the Director, Sharon Crampton at 031-312 3805