THE Park Contemporary Gallery at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban will provide a new setting for the province’s foremost contemporary art.
Opening in mid-August the space will offer art-lovers the chance to buy affordable, bespoke original art and collectables.
The vision of the Glenwood gallery is to offer a collection of work by locally-based art makers – both respected “names” and emerging talent – and to sell their work to shoppers and decorators on an ongoing basis.
The decision is part of the ongoing process of restructuring and transformation to ensure the continued relevance and sustainable future of the visionary 112-year-old KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) Gallery, in an ever-changing society and a recessionary global environment.
“We have an astonishing array of art makers in our province, who don’t always find appropriate and reputable retail outlets,” says the KZNSA’s Angela Shaw. “Our commitment is to support our artists and keep them earning a viable living in Durban, and to provide interesting options for shoppers, decorators and architects to find the perfect artwork for their home or project.”
Shaw is excited by the mix of artists whose work will be on display.
Alongside prints by the late Barry Truter and Isaac Sithole, Walter Battiss reproduction prints and Andrew Verster original drawings, the gallery will showcase the work of up-and-coming creatives including: Sthenjwa Luthuli, Jeannie Kinsler, Miranda Hendrieta Crooks, Simanga Zondo, Nindya Tricam, Bonfece Cele, Nikhil Tricam, Derrick Nxumalo, Sam Cross, Sean Simons, Ann-marie Nason, Kevin Mbonambi, Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Angela Buckland, Mandisa Buthelezi, Sarah Lovejoy, Joseph Manana, Frank Nthunya, Phumlani Nyawo, Hlengiwe Dube, Obed Zulu, Dane Stops, Mthobisi Maphumulo, Nhlanha Chonco, Everaldo Matonse, Sibusiso Duma, Corne Eksteen, Khulekani Cele, Ezekiel Mabote, Ntutuko Buthelezi.
Prices will start at R200 and buyers will be able to choose of a selection of affordable frames.
“We want to make it as easy, affordable and comfortable for both the buyer and the seller – we are the space where the maker and the market can meet,” says Shaw.
The Park Contemporary Gallery, based at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, will be formally opened on Thursday, August 24. For more information phone 031 277 1705.