From the Director's Desk

Nhlanhla Harry Hlubi (1963-2017)

We honour the memory of one of South Africa’s great artists, Judith Mason-Attwood, who died in December 2016. Throughout her career Judith was politically aware and motivated by a strong social conscience. These are reflected in her major installation, From the Tombs of the Pharaohs of Johannesburg, in the Gallery’s permanent collection. The work, illustrated on our front cover, contains items salvaged from the Crown and Rand Mines in Johannesburg, sites of suffering for thousands of migrant workers. She comments on capitalist industrialization, but “tries to depict an episode in history with dignity and aggressiveness and pathos.”

We were saddened by the recent and unexpected death of Nhlanhla Harry Hlubi (1963-2017), one of the first group of security attendants employed when the Gallery reopened in the Old Supreme Court building in 1990. The quiet, dignified manner of Harry’s interactions with staff and visitors will long be remembered.

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Usenathi, son of Phumlani Ntshangase, our Technical Officer, and his wife Tholly.

We would like to acknowledge those individuals who generously donated or bequeathed art works to the Gallery’s permanent collection, some of which are on view in our Recent Acquisitions exhibition. Donors include Fran├žoise Chupin, Glenn Flanagan, Rosemary Bamford, and Valerie Leigh.

Last but not least, we warmly applaud Music Revival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in June. Christopher Duigan’s magnificent playing and organizational ability have enriched the musical life of Pietermaritzburg immeasurably. Congratulations!

Brendan Bell

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