Explore Maritzburg’s historic buildings at the Tatham Art Gallery

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Photograph by Ian Carbutt taken in 2015 of J Coney & Son, Corner of Chapel (Peter Kerchhoff) and Pietermaritz streets, Pietermaritzburg.

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Pen and ink drawing of the same building made by Carola Brotherton in 1967.

RESIDENTS of Pietermaritzburg are getting the chance to explore the many historic buildings in the city in the new exhibition, Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton, which opens in the Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street at 10.30 am for 11 am on Sunday, February 7. The opening speaker will be gallery director, Brendan Bell.

Artist Carola Gordon (nee Brotherton) was born in India in 1940 but grew up in Pietermaritzburg. In the 1960s, when she was a student and teacher in the Department of Fine Art, University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), she created art works around many old inner city buildings.

This exhibition drawn from the gallery’s permanent collection comprises pen and ink drawings and linoprints of a number of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the centre of Pietermaritzburg.

Carola focused on the exteriors of the buildings, often emphasizing the two-dimensional character of their cast iron decorations.

On their exhibition each building is juxtaposed with a photographic image of what is found at that street address inAugust 2015.

The display shows that, subsequent to Carola’s documentation, some buildings have been restored, some altered, and some have developed signs of deterioration. Two of the buildings have been demolished.

Carola and her husband, Martin Gordon, now live in Edinburgh, where Carola is a well-known Scottish artist who still pursues her life-long interest in depicting historic buildings.

Catalogues are available for R100 and a full educational programme has been planned around building history. See below for details.

Saturday 13 February at 11h00: Free Talk by Simon Haw in the Lecture Theatre: Pietermaritzburg buildings from 1860 to the present

Saturday 20 February at 14h30 – 16h30: Bring-and-Tell Day

Saturday 27 February at 11h00: Free Talk by Debbie Whelan in the Lecture Theatre : The advent of electricity in Pietermaritzburg

Booking is essential. Phone Kobie at 033 3922 819  oremail kobie.venter@msunduzi.gov.za



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