Current Exhibitions

Lorna Peirson:
A Memorial Exhibition

This memorial exhibition consists of art works by Lorna Peirson dating from 1949 until her death last year.
Peirson was born in 1920 and obtained a BA in Fine Art from the University of Natal in 1950. She taught at schools in South Africa and in London. On her return to South Africa in 1953 she taught art at the Umpumulo Training College, Mapumulo, Natal, and from 1962 to 1963 at the Vryheid Training College.

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Closes: Sunday 6 November 2016 at 17h00

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Our Heritage:
Past - Present - Future

Cultural heritage implies a shared bond, our belonging to a community. It represents our history and our identity; our bond to the past, to our present, and the future. This exhibition presents a selection of art works from the Gallery’s permanent collection which reflects the diversity of our cultural heritage in South Africa.

  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Opens: Thursday 22 September 2016 at 09h00
  • Closes Sunday 13 November 2016 at 17h00
  • Reopens Wednesday 07 December at 09h00

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Jenny Hallowes:

Local Hilton artist, Jenny Hallowes, sees her art making as a road she is travelling, a work in progress. Her exhibition Lifescape represents this life journey.

Her paintings and drawings are glimpses of her experiences, such as the livestock, river and rugged terrain on the farm Fisherman’s Bend,where her father did all his farming on horseback..

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Opens Sunday 13 November 2016 at 11h00
  • Closes Sunday 22 January 2017 at 17h00

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Fabulous Picture Show

Artists are invited to donate up to three original, unframed works of art (maximum size A4: 21 x 27.9cm) for this fund raising auction initiative. Your donation will assist the continued growth of the Tatham Art Gallery permanent collection.

  • Fabulous Picture Show 2016
  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Information for Artists

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Ongoing Exhibitions

Time - Place - Culture

This gallery was recently repainted and an exciting new display, which spans more than three centuries, is in place. Through a selection of art works by British, French and South African artists, viewers are invited to explore a range of narratives around the history of painting, the geography of time and place, and the history of migrations.

  • Perimeter Gallery

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Vessels and Containers

In August this year a comprehensive new book on the history of Southern African ceramics, Scorched Earth, by Wendy Gers,was launched at the Gallery. The book is available at the Tatham Shop.

  • Ceramics Room

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The South African Landscape

This display, selected from the Gallery’s permanent collection, features landscape paintings by South African artists. The paintings are as varied as the South African landscape, and show many different ways in which artists engage with their environment.

  • Lorna Ferguson Room

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Events and News

Film Club

Lecture Theatre
Season Three: Tuesdays 6 September to 22 November 2016 at 19h00

FilmClub patrons can enjoy a light supper of soup and bread in Café Tatham from 18h00. Suppers cost R40, excluding drinks. FilmClub charges a nominal R35 per viewing, with subscribers enjoying a substantial discount. Booking is essential as the venue can only hold fifty people.

FilmClub aims to foster an understanding and appreciation of cinema as an art form. Each screening is preceded by a short introduction that draws viewers’ attention to the salient aspects of the film they are about to view.

Enquiries/bookings: Anton van der Hoven at
033 343 1465 or cell: 083 233 2663

Jean Bailey, and Jo and David Trickett enjoy supper before FilmClub

Jean Bailey, and Jo and David Trickett enjoy supper before FilmClub

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Saturday 5th November 11h00
What does the style of a church building say about the beliefs of those who worship in it, and what do you think a church should look like?
What different architectural styles and materials, have been employed over the centuries – for example, Catacombs, Roman Basilicas, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and contemporary Modernism?