Saturday, 4 July 2015

Facebook has forced us to become a Page!

Hello All,
Yesterday I tried to access our Facebook group but was denied access and forced to open a Page.  We already had a page, so have deleted the one.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

"Durban - Yesterday, Now and Tomorrow" 29 June - 18 July 2015

artSPACE durban’s Inspiration VI Exhibition

A City is an entity constantly changing and mirroring the aspirations
and values of its citizens and governing systems.

As we live in our cities we create our own ghettos and thus are mostly
unaware and unfamiliar with vast sections of them.

For a second time since our first Inspiration exhibition artSPACE
durban invited twenty-five of our best Durban artists to join us in an
eight hour tour of city, seldom if ever visited.

The tour was designed to give our artists a day away from their usual
work places and environment to reflect on the theme of the exhibition
while in different and unfamiliar surroundings with all that entails.

The result of this exercise is the exhibition “Durban - Yesterday, Now and Tomorrow”, which will be shown at artSPACE durban.


The 19 participating artists are: 
Caroline Birch, Jane Oliver, Grace Kotze, Coral Spencer, Nicole Pletts,
Trui Roozeveld van der Ven, Scott Bredin, Pascale Chandler, Celeste Bredin, Bronwyn Bruce, 
Lee Scott Hempson, Andreas Chasomeris, Bernice Stott, Corne Eksteen, Deidre Maree, Pam Benporath, 
Karen Bradtke, Michele Silk and Mandy Kok




“Prick! Subverting the stitch” by swany Walkabout on Saturday, 18 July at 11a.m.


“Free yourself of any traditional concept of what embroidery should be …”
Mariska Karasz, Adventure in Stitches, 1949


Walkabout by the artist on Saturday, 18 July at 11a.m.

In eighteenth-century literature the figure of the woman embroidering not only represented the pinnacle of good-breeding and virtue but also one of sexual provocation. This is because, focused on her stitching, she was exposed to the male gaze. The artist, swany, challenges the traditional decorative connotations of embroidery deliberately going against the assumed decorativeness of needle and thread. With his work, because it often deals with gender issues, he uses embroidery and stitching to deconstruct certain societal perceptions: 1) that it is a craft associated with the feminine (specifically the female sex) and not considered an art form but a craft, 2) the manner in which he creates it which is associated with the masculine (in a factory, on production lines) as well as the non-creative, reproduction of banal images.
In Prick! he presents his recent explorations with embroidery and gender, and which reflect his continued struggle against societal constraints and prejudices.
The artist has an honours degree in visual arts from UNISA and is currently studying for his masters in visual arts. He is employed as the KZN arts mentor lecturer for UNISA (part-time) as well as a designer in the clothing industry (full-time).

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY performance on Friday, 26 June at 6:30p.m

Performance on Friday, 26th June at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are R50 at the door.

FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY

“days like these” is Lliane Loots’s recent and beautifully hard-hitting performance.

FLATFOOT will re-create (especially for the gallery space) the verbatim dance theatre work that had Durban talking in March 2015.

Lliane Loots collaborates with award winning filmmaker Karen Logan in a visual film and dance feast that looks at modern day storytelling and the politics of history and memory – a deeply moving encounter with contemporary dance!

 COST: R50.00 (if you have been part of the artist residency, there will be a 50% discount on tickets)


photo by Wendy Dlamin of artSPACE durban

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Flatfoot Dance Company takes over! Drawing sessions and more!


FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY @ artSPACE durban

For the week 22 - 26 June 2015, Durban’s incomparable FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY will again be resident at artSPACE durban. In a meeting of dancers and fine artists, FLATFOOT will work in artSPACE durban giving local artists an opportunity to paint, draw and create around the dancers as they rehearse, dance and create choreography.  FLATFOOT will continue to work in their normal day routine and will open up their daily work process.

The week will involve session where artists can watch and engage the dancers in their daily rehearsals but there will also be specific session where the dancers will be a little more still to promote portraiture (see schedule below).

The week will culminate in a final performance of FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY in Lliane Loots’s recent and beautifully hard-hitting “days like these” on  Friday the 26th of June at 6.30pm (bar facilities open) and curator Karen Bradtke will select some of the art works generated over the week to put on display in the gallery at the Friday event.

ARTIST COSTS:
·       R100.00 per day
·       R350.00 for the week
·       Wednesday 24th June : special evening portraiture session (5.30 – 7.30pm) = R 100.00

“days like these” is the performance event on Friday 26th June @ 6.30pm - FLATFOOT will re-create (especially for the gallery space) the verbatim dance theatre work that had Durban taking in March 2015. Loots collaborates with award winning filmmaker Karen Logan in a visual film and dance feast that looks at modern day storytelling and the politics of history and memory – a deeply moving encounter with contemporary dance!
 COST: R50.00 (if you have been part of the artist residency, there will be a 50% discount on tickets)


THE WEEK SCHEDULE WITH FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY

22 June (Monday)
·       9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
·       10.30 – 11am: break
·       11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
·       1 – 2pm: lunch
·       2 – 3pm: portraiture and still poses (Jabu Siphika  [f] and Sifiso Majola [m])

23 June (Tuesday)
·       9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
·       10.30 – 11am: break
·       11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
·       1 – 2pm: lunch
·       2 – 3pm: portraiture and still poses (Tshediso Kabulu [m] and Sifiso Khumalo [m])

24 June (Wednesday)
·       9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
·       10.30 – 11am: break
·       11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
SPECIAL EVENING SESSION:
·       5.30 – 7.30pm: portraiture and still poses  (Julia Wilson [f] and Zinhle Nzama [f])

25 June (Thursday)
·       9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
·       10.30 – 11am: break
·       11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation

26 June (Friday)
·       9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
·       10.30 – 11am: break
·       11am – 1pm:  final rehearsals  towards performance
·       1 – 2pm: lunch
6.30pm: “days like these” performance event with FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY


For enquires and bookings for the art residency, please contact artSPACE durban: 031 – 312 0793 or email: info@artspace-durban.com

For enquires about the Friday night performance, contact Clare on 082 – 875 6065