Windpump (triptych) - Terence King

Terence King (b.1947)
(second from a triptych)
Acrylic on board

The Recent Acquisitions Exhibition showcases works that have recently been accessioned to the  Gallery's permanent collection. In growing the permanent collection a number of issues are considered, such as: how a particular work will enhance the present collection of artworks; whether it fills a gap identified in the overall collecting scheme; and whether it is a fine representation of the artist's work.

The bulk of this exhibition is composed of works that were identified for acquisition in recent exhibitions such as Contemporary Reflections, where artists gave us contemporary interpretations of our collection. The intention of this exhibition is to provide some insight into the Gallery's acquisition policy.

Funds for purchases come from various sources: the Msunduzi Municipality, the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery and the Natal Arts Trust. One aspect of the Gallery's acquisitions policy is supporting work by local artists and crafters, some of which is identified through temporary exhibitions held in the Schreiner Gallery. Recent acquisitions from this source include a linoprint by Vuli Nyoni, and a rolling ball sculpture by Zotha Shange.

The Ring - Terrence Patrick

Terrence Patrick (b.1944)
The Ring
Oil on Board

Works by Terrence Patrick, Corina Lemmer, Estelle Liebenberg-Barkhuizen, Terence King and John Söderlund were identified from the Contemporary Reflections exhibition. Beaded necklaces by Eunice Cele based on designs by Andrew Verster were originally produced as prototypes for the Gallery Shop. It was felt important to retain these contemporary beaded pieces as examples of Ms Cele's excellent beading skills and to expand the Gallery's collection of her more traditional pieces. But not all work is purchased for the collection.

Lallitha Jawahirilal recently paid us an unexpected visit from India. It was an opportunity to return a work we had been looking after for many years. Her immediate response was to give it to the Gallery as a gift. A small oil painting by Carola Brotherton and a watercolour by Jane Heath were sent out as gifts from Edinburgh by the artist and her husband.

All works considered for acquisition, whether by purchase or gift, are approved by the Acquisitions Committee and recommended to the Board of Trustees for acquisition.