Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Call Out for Exhibiting!

artSPACE  durban is looking for artists to exhibit in the gallery. As you may know, artSPACE durban underwent a bit of a transformation at the beginning of 2016, changing the space from 3 gallery spaces into the Corridor space and the Middle Gallery. The spaces allow artists to exhibit a manageable amount of work, with the added feature of functioning studio spaces that are occupied by artists and other creatives and a ‘chill’ zone, which gives a different look and feel to artSPACE durban.

We have the current dates available:

-       1-14th July- Corridor space
R200 for 2 weeks. 40% commission
-       8 – 14th July – Middle Gallery:
-       12 Nov – 1 Dec – Middle Gallery
R250 per board, one (1) week exhibition, 40% commission

If you are interested, feel free to contact the artSPACE durban Team:

Monday, 30 May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

"Surfing Rocks" by Caroline Wood and Zafer Hosny Extended another week!!!!

The exhibition is based around Durban surfers and rock n’ roll icons because they go hand in hand. 


It is a celebration of surfing legends and rock n’ roll legends.

Zaf will exhibit his photographic prints and Caroline will be exhibiting surfboards which she has sprayed with custom artwork, furniture that she has painted and paintings on canvas. 

Ends on Thursday, 2 June at 4p.m.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

“Helen Martins and the Owl House - a personal view” by Jannie van Heerden 30 April - 19 May 2016

Artist’s Statement:

The reason that I chose the Owl House is because I met Helen Martins in Nieu-Bethesda and was very impressed by her liveliness and total dedication to the creation of her wonder world. She originally trained as a teacher at the Graaf Reinet College and after a short marriage settled with her parents in Nieu-Bethesda. After the death of her parents she commenced on creating the sculpture garden with the assistance of Koos Malgas. Her inspiration was the Bible and Omar Khayam, but she was also obsessed by owls and the Mona Lisa, which she depicted in many different ways. The interior of the house has walls and ceilings covered in powdered glass which gleams in low light and with the beveled mirrors on the walls creates a mysterious atmosphere, She also placed sculptures inside the house, e.g. lying figures as doorstops and mermaids on the edge of the bath. Helen became more and more isolated from the conservative Afrikaner community of the town who considered her eccentric behavior with suspicion. To compensate for their hostility they would send her gifts of canned fruit and jam, which she never ate but used as decorations in the kitchen shelves. Her eyesight started failing by 1978 and she committed suicide in the front room (painting: The final room), where she hung a black golliwog upside down on a crossed shaped mirror and drank caustic soda. My paintings do not attempt to depict the MUSEUM (all neatened up) as it is today but rather the house as it was when I met her, and also a year after her death when I obtained the keys to the locked up house, and the plants in pots inside had grown huge and fallen over onto the beds (e.g. painting "Helen and the Cacti"), I have also used a lot of artistic freedom and rearranged objects in the paintings. I am attempting to depict the SPIRIT of Helen Martins. Helen is today considered as a forerunner of SA outsider Art.

Opening talk by Celeste Bredin