THE KZNSA GALLERY: A hub of cre­ative ac­tiv­ity

Creative Feel - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

The KwaZulu-Natal So­ci­ety of Arts (KZNSA), founded in 1902 and located in Glen­wood, Durban was ini­tially es­tab­lished as an in­for­mal op­por­tu­nity for artists to dis­cuss, ex­hibit and mar­ket their work. Over the next cen­tury, the or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­pe­ri­enced tremen­dous growth and un­der­went a num­ber of rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions, and to­day it is KZN’s premier con­tem­po­rary art gallery, host­ing ex­hi­bi­tions of lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance.

There are a num­ber of com­po­nents to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing the gallery, shop and Arts Café. The shop de­vel­ops and mar­kets one hun­dred per cent lo­cal only craft and de­sign and is also an im­por­tant out­let in the prov­ince for de­sign from the rest of the coun­try. How­ever, the key com­po­nent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is its gallery ex­hi­bi­tions and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes. The Main, Mez­za­nine, and Park Gal­leries of­fer ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces rang­ing from the epic to the in­ti­mate, in­clud­ing a range of dig­i­tal pro­jec­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing these ex­hi­bi­tions is a di­verse pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in­clud­ing artist and cu­ra­tor walk­a­bouts, cat­a­logues and other publi­ca­tions, sem­i­nars and spe­cial­ist con­fer­ences.

The Main Gallery is a dou­ble-vol­ume space, half of which is cov­ered by the Mez­za­nine. Clerestory win­dows, a full height door­way and an­other open­ing pro­vide am­ple nat­u­ral light.

The Mez­za­nine Gallery over­looks the Main Gallery and is ideal for small shows, or to show ad­di­tional works on a large ex­hi­bi­tion. The Mez­za­nine is car­peted, and has ac­cess through to the Park Gallery.

Sit­u­ated on the up­per level of the com­plex, the Park Gallery leads on to the Mez­za­nine Gallery. It is an en­closed ex­hi­bi­tion space, ideal for smaller ex­hi­bi­tions.

The KZNSA Gallery reg­u­larly hosts events and ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing film screen­ings, in­ti­mate live mu­sic per­for­mances, pub­lic talks, and work­shops. Ev­ery Satur­day, the KZNSA Lab hosts ses­sions for the pub­lic to learn new art skills from some of Durban’s best teach­ers; past ses­sions have in­cluded por­trait draw­ing, life draw­ing and oil pas­tel draw­ing. Tick­ets for these three-hour ses­sions are R200 and need to be booked in ad­vance by call­ing 031 277 1705 or email­ing gallery@kzn­sagallery.co.za.

The KZNSA Gallery is also one of three of the city’s cre­ative spa­ces to take part in Go Durban, eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and In­no­vate Durban’s Con­nect031, a First Thurs­day event. These epic evenings of mu­sic, art, food and more are pow­ered by the Go Durban buses, mak­ing it easy to ac­cess all of the best cre­ative spa­ces Durban has to of­fer.

From 31 July to 19 Au­gust 2018, Markus Wörs­dör­fer’s ex­hi­bi­tion DriftArt: Washed Ashore and Shaped by Na­ture will take place at the KZNSA Gallery.

The KZNSA Gallery is based at 166 Bul­wer Road, Glen­wood, Durban. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kzn­sagallery.co.za or call 031 277 1705.

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