Current Exhibitions

Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton

This exhibition from the Gallery’s permanent collection comprises pen & ink drawings and linoprints of a number of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the centre of Pietermaritzburg. These were created by Carola Gordon (née Brotherton) in the 1960s when she was a student and teacher at the Department of Fine Art, University of Natal. Each building on display is juxtaposed with a photographic image of what was found at that street address in August 2015. Some buildings have been restored, some altered, and some have developed signs of deterioration. Two of the buildings have been demolished.

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Opens: Sunday 7 February at 10h30 for 11h00
  • Closes: Sunday 29 May at 17h00

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KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Matric Art Exhibition 2016

The annual exhibition of art work produced by matriculants in Midlands schools offering art as a subject is always eagerly anticipated. Due to extensive renovations in 2015 the Gallery was unable to host this exhibition.

  • Main Gallery
  • Opens: Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 18h00
  • Closes: Sunday 10 July 2016 at 17h00

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Muzi Ndlela: Identity or Belief?

Muzi Ndlela is a self-taught artist from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. His show is an autobiographical exploration of questions raised by issues of personal identity and belief.

  • Schreiner Gallery
  • Opens: Sunday 05 June 2016 at 11h00
  • Closes: Sunday 24 July 2016 at 17h00

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Thunga Uthimule: The Art and Times of Ben Nsusha

Born in 1947 in Umzumbe, KwaZulu-Natal, and now residing in Dobsonville, Ben Nsusha is a critically acclaimed artist with a 40-year career in which his work has been exhibited locally and abroad. Ben is renowned for his skill in mixing materials and techniques, and for his attention to detail. His exhibition Thunga Uthimule is a reflection of his observations of people and society and includes ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and painting.

  • Main Gallery
  • Opens: Sunday 24 July 2016 at 11h00
  • Closes: Sunday 11 September 2016 at 17h00

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Lorna Peirson: A Memorial Exhibition

Lorna Peirson obtained a BA in Fine Art from the University of Natal in 1950. From 1941 to 1950 she taught at schools in South Africa and from 1951 to 1952 at schools 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
  • Opens: Sunday 31 July 2016 at 11h00
  • Closes: Sunday 04 September 2016 at 17h00

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Ongoing Exhibitions

The South African Landscape

Landscape is used as a springboard for diverse personal exploration. These paintings are as varied as the South African landscape, and show many different ways in which artists engage with their environment. Ultimately, each artist invites contemplation and emotional engagement with landscape. Some images are easily readable as particular places while others merely suggest space.

  • Lorna Ferguson Room

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Juxtaposition: style - metaphor - format

This eclectic display of European and South African art works invites viewers to reflect on similarities and differences between art works in order to appreciate what, how and why artists communicate at different times and in different places.

  • Perimeter Gallery

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Contrasts: Vessels and Containers

A display of South African vessels and containers from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The viewer is invited to explore the notion of how vessels and containers embody similarities and differences in diverse cultural practices.

  • Ceramics Room

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Events and News

Eicke Schmit Jewellery Exhibition

  • Tatham Shop
  • Friday 3 June 17h30 for 18h00
  • Saturday 4 June 09h00 – 13h00

“Eicke Schmidt’s jewellery moves constantly in new directions and in this collection we see her at a peak of achievement. She has extended her materials beyond the familiar copper and brass to silver, combining stones and colours in a sensuous and audacious way – marble, enamel, crystal, jade and amber. At times chunky and primitive with ethnic overtones, perfectly in tune with the fashion mood of today, at others restrained and delicate, each piece is characterized by the artist’s innate feeling for the rightness of shape and colour. Each is like a piece of sculpture in miniature.”
Andrew Verster
(review from a previous exhibition)

Film Club

Season 2: 24 May to 02 August 2016

Tuesdays at 19h00

FilmClub continues with its second season of 2016 which runs from 24 May to 02 August. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The films are shown in the Tatham Lecture Theatre and patrons are able to enjoy a light supper of soup and bread in the Café Tatham from 18h00 on Movie Tuesdays.

FilmClub aims to bring the best of world cinema to Pietermaritzburg audiences and each screening is preceded by a short introduction that draws viewers’ attention to the salient aspects of the film they are about to view.

Please arrive early, as space is limited. FilmClub charges a nominal R35 per viewing, with subscribers enjoying a substantial discount. The suppers cost R40, excluding drinks. Safe parking and a car guard will be available from 17h30.

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

Registering for FilmClub evening

Registering for FilmClub evening

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