Time for Jabulisa 2010

Planning and implementation of one of the country’s most significant art exhibitions, Jabulisa 2010, is underway.

Jabulisa, which previously took place in 1996, 2000 and 2006, is a  touring exhibition that showcases the art and craft of KwaZulu-Natal,  and is a project of the Natal Arts Trust. This is an independent body with meaningful ties to the five art museums of the province, and the majority of the Natal Arts Trust board are curators of these art museums.

The work of the Trust is largely unknown, but its efforts focus on supporting and assisting the various public art museums to acquire meaningful works for their own collections. The five art museums of KZN are: the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg; the Margate Art Museum; the Empangeni Museum; the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle; and the Durban Art Gallery.

The exhibition requires a rigorous and extensive sourcing process to ensure comprehensive and quality submissions from artists and crafters across the province. This role is managed by each of the art museums through their media and publicity networks, and through their longstanding relationships with artists in their regions, as well as through contact with previous Jabulisa entrants.

Works are chosen by majority vote from selection panels, with attention paid to diversity of media, diversity of aesthetic and technical issues surrounding the individual artists, and diversity of representations in communicating life in KZN. The selection panel seeks the most appropriate and relevant works for exhibition, and will solicit works from outside the submissions process if necessary to present an accurate representation.

Entries for Jabulisa 2010 need to be in to the various art museums by early next year, with submissions to the Tatham closing earliest, to allow time for the selectors to travel to the other centres. Durban  Art Gallery will accept submissions on 15 & 16 February 2010 and  between the hours of 10:00 – 15:00. Telephone Jenny Stretton 031  3112264 for further enquiries.

The selection day will be 17 February and the collection date for unselected works will be 18 Feb.

“Jabulisa is the premier exhibition reflecting art and craft production in KwaZulu-Natal,” says Tatham Director Brendan Bell, who  is also Chairman of the Natal Arts Trust. “Submissions must be representative of all visual arts, and may include such diverse artworks as paintings, beadwork, fibre art, jewellery and garments,  installations, photography and video art, mosaics, etchings – the list is endless.

The emphasis is on absolute excellence, with a hint of the quirky, the new, the innovative.” Jabulisa 2010 will open at the Tatham Art Gallery on 8 June 2010, and will then move to Durban, Margate,  Empangeni, Eshowe’s Vukani Museum and Newcastle.

For details about Jabulisa 2010, please contact Brendan Bell or Kobie Venter at the Tatham Art Gallery on 033 392-2801. Entry forms are available at regional art museums or www.tatham.org.za.

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