Friday, 20 January 2017

Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing at artSPACE durban 2 February

LIVE AT artSPACE durban – 2nd Feb 2017
© Deborah Roussouw

Having shared the stage together for more than 15 years now, the opportunity of catching Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing as a duo in South Africa has become increasingly rare these days. With their demanding schedules as solo artists and with Nibs being based 6 months of the year in Portugal, the duo only manages a handful of shows together a year, if any at all. This however all changes this January and February as Guy and Nibs kick off the year with a series of concerts around their home province of KZN including a one off concert at artSPACE durban in Durban.

These two internationally renowned musicians have toured many major festivals and venues throughout Europe and the UK in promotion of their SAMA nominated album, “In the Shade of the Wild Fig”. The duo has also won the very prestigious “Standard Bank Ovation Award” at The National Arts Festival. These accolades led to further sold out performances at numerous festivals and concert halls in both South Africa and in Europe receiving rave reviews for both their live show and their recorded work. Van der Spuy and Buttery were then invited to perform with the 52 piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest orchestra” and were later voted “Top Live Show of the Year” by The Cape Times.

These two virtuosos collaborated on a series of shows in the early and mid-2000’s before their respective solo careers took off with whirlwind individual touring schedules across the globe. Their performing paths crossed at a major festival in Toulouse, France, and this inspired a new combination of performances and sowed the seeds for recording a full length album together. “In The Shade of the Wild Fig” showcases their mutual interest and deep love for World Music and different folk movements featuring numerous instruments such as the cuatro, mbira, tampura, sitar and various acoustic guitars.

Their upcoming live performances will showcase their numerous recordings as well as the collected live work, which is unique to every concert. They capture the spirit of an exciting New South Africa, with its vast melting pot of influences and colour.

• Date – Thursday, 2 February
• Venue – artSPACE durban Gallery, 3 Millar Road, Durban
• Time – 7:30pm
• Price – R120
• Contact –

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Monday, 16 January 2017

14th Annual Affordable Art Show 2016 Now until 26th January!

artSPACE durban's  Annual Affordable Art Show is now in it’s 14th year and  is one of our most popular exhibitions.  We manage to select and collect a wide range of fine art.  The gallery is full of a wide selection of works to give the buyers plenty to choose from. The maximum sale price is R3 500 once again this year.  The participating artists have brought us a variety of works from paintings, prints, and drawings.

What is special about this exhibition over our others is that when you purchase the artwork(s): you pay and then you can take!!  This encourages people to buy during this show for themselves, family and friends!!

The Annual Affordable Art Show gives people the chance to start their collections at an affordable price.  If you are already a collector there is plenty to choose from to add to your collection.

Participating artists are:

Raja Oshi, Bernice Stott, Ilma Matthews, Steffi Steffen, Rani Pillay, Mariek Petzer, Barbara Becke, Londiwe Mtshali, Jeanette Edwards, Patricia McLuckie, Pam Donegan, Ritha Fenske, Scott Kotze, Philma Badenhorst, Julie Mayo, Mervyn McMurtry, Arlene McDade, Gail Baxter, Des Freeman, Annchen Naude, Rosemary Lubbe, Rowan Phillips, Alison Akal, Sisonke Ndabambi, Philisiwe Nene, Lindani Nyandeni, Grace Kotze, Melody French, Marianne Meijer, Paige Bates and Astrid Ramsden.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

“Transformation” 26 - 1 December 2016

Artists’ Statement:

As a group of Durban University of Technology (DUT) Fine Art students we began the year with a series of experimentations and explorations and with different materials and expressive depiction of issues which affects us. The collection of work looks at: identity informed by life experiences, human condition informed by emotionality, fragility and ephemerality of life and socio-political issues informed by the #FEESMUSTFALL saga. The interest in non-traditional media is very evident on the selected artworks.

Participating DUT Fine Art students are:
Minenhle Buthelezi
Andy Dlamini
Sithembiso Dube
Bongumusa Shezi

Saturday, 19 November 2016

“Faces of Durban” by Janine Jollands 19 November - 1 December 2016

An exhibition of oil painting portraits

Artist’s Statement:

This portrait series draws inspiration from the faces of Durban and the cosmopolitan nature of my city. As a proud and passionate child of Africa, I find beauty in the diversity of her people and the vibrancy of her landscapes.


My work is less figurative and more abstract, using colour and mark-making to convey the energy, spirit and character of each individual. From the Durban surfer dude to the Afro's enthusiast to the sassy Clicks cashier, these portraits hope to encapsulate the vigour and life of this compelling city I call home.

Friday, 18 November 2016

“Sky, Sea and City” by Megan Bonnetard 12 - 24 November 2016

Artist Statement:

Landscape is a genre through which I explore different processes in paint and mixed media.  It offers a subject matter through which an emotional gravity is introduced due to my emotional connection with the surrounds. The technical application of the different media inform each other, leading me to express the same scene several times as the subject matter becomes secondary to the process.