Wildlife to rock Cra­dle Con­tem­po­rary Art Fair

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA karishma.dipa@inl.co.za

ART, wildlife, char­ity and the finest cuisines and bev­er­ages will take cen­tre stage at a fair this fes­tive sea­son.

There will be some­thing for ev­ery­body at the in­au­gu­ral four-day Cra­dle Con­tem­po­rary Art Fair at the Cra­dle of Hu­mankind at the end of the month.

But the ma­jor fea­ture will the art­work on dis­play from four ac­claimed lo­cal artists.

John Moore’s con­cep­tual wildlife pieces, which ad­vo­cate for the con­ser­va­tion of en­dan­gered species, are ex­pected to head­line the event.

He has gained recog­ni­tion for his de­tailed and re­al­is­tic de­pic­tions of wildlife and his emo­tive take on the plight of en­dan­gered species in South Africa.

“His style con­tains el­e­ments of sur­re­al­ism and tra­di­tional nat­u­ral­ism, which merge into thought­ful re­flec­tions of our age,” said cu­ra­tor Nikki Wilsworth.

The work of Swazi sculp­tor Acun Ma­suku, who is ac­claimed for his in­ven­tive an­thro­po­mor­phic mo­biles, will also be fea­tured at the fair.

Karin Dempsey Green­wood, whose naive ex­pres­sion­ist art glows with vi­brant colours de­pict­ing whim­si­cal scenes, will also ex­hibit, along­side Many­atsa Monya­mane, whose cut­ting-edge pho­tog­ra­phy has seen her win sev­eral awards.

Works from all four artists will be on dis­play and for sale.

The pro­ceeds will go to the African Dig­i­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to give chil­dren ac­ces­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion by us­ing tech­nol­ogy and ro­bot­ics to im­prove their early child­hood de­vel­op­ment.

The Cra­dle Bou­tique Ho­tel, where the fair will be held, will also open a new per­ma­nent space – the Cra­dle Art Gallery – dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

While art en­thu­si­asts view the pieces on dis­play, they will be en­ter­tained by the sounds of Pi­lani Bubu, a lo­cal singer/song­writer and cre­ative life­style ac­tivist.

“The ti­tle of the open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion is Giv­ing It Horns Wings, which re­lates to all the artists’ work, whether lit­er­ally or fig­u­ra­tively, in the con­text of what they have pro­duced,” said Wilsworth.

“Th­ese are artists tak­ing their work out­side of the en­ve­lope and de­vel­op­ing unique­ness.”

To cel­e­brate both the in­au­gu­ral art fair and new art gallery, the Cra­dle Bou­tique Ho­tel will also or­gan­ise a host of events when the fair takes place be­tween Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 3.

Th­ese in­clude a cock­tail party where a choir and dancers will per­form, a craft beer-pair­ing din­ner, a four­course wine-pair­ing din­ner, a pic­nic and live mu­sic from the Cameron Bruce Band, as well as a gourmet shisa nyama.

Fam­i­lies who at­tend on Satur­day and Sun­day can book their chil­dren into the Cra­dle Ex­plor­ers’ Club, which will have trained guides to take them on a twohour na­ture walk.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 087 353 9599 or email: gm@the­cra­dle.co.za

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