EC woman launches gallery for ru­ral artists

Vuk'uzenzele - - Women's Month -

AN EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR aims to put artists in the pic­ture when it comes to earn­ing a liv­ing through

“There is a lot of tal­ent. Most of the art in big gal­leries comes from ru­ral artists. Look at Es­ther Mahlangu, her work goes all over the world. How­ever, we are not con­cerned with devel­op­ing them be­yond crafters. There should be more art gal­leries in ru­ral ar­eas. Es­tab­lished gal­leries take 60 per­cent or even more from sales and very lit­tle goes to the artists them­selves. We want to change that… All the trends in the arts come from Africa any­way but ru­ral artists are ex­cluded.”

She ex­plained dur­ing the decade she lived in Mpumalanga, she met women at arts festivals or on gov­ern­ment-funded over­seas trips and noted that they had no di­rect ac­cess to art gal­leries.

It was this ob­ser­va­tion that in­spired her to start the Than­deka Stam­per Art Gallery – named af­ter her grand­mother and based in ru­ral Dab­hani – to help ru­ral women and young artists.

“Most artists in ru­ral ar­eas have no sup­port and no ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about fund­ing. Older women who paint have no ac­cess to gal­leries. We are cre­at­ing an arts res­i­dency,” she said, ex­plain­ing that some fund­ing has been se­cured from the Eastern Cape De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs and Tourism.

“We want all the artists to have a stake so that we are able to cre­ate an out­let for them,” she said, adding that the ven­ture will see a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween learn­ers, youth and artists.

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