From the Director: Tatham Art Gallery - December 2014

From the Director’s Desk

The Tatham Art Gallery will not be hosting any temporary exhibitions between January and June 2015. This decision was made in order to focus on a number of maintenance and improvement projects made possible by substantial funding received from the Msunduzi Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture.

Funding has to be spent during the current financial year and as a result staff are focusing time and energy on ensuring that the following projects are completed timeously: fully refurbished lecture theatre and climate control system; upgraded toilet facilities; a new art work storeroom and technical workshop; renovation to the exterior of the Gallery building and the Old Presbyterian Church; and redesign of the Gallery precinct to create additional parking and an outdoor sculpture garden. Once completed, these projects will have greatly improved facilities at the Gallery.

All exhibition areas will be open during this period and will display art works from the Gallery's permanent collection. Many old favourites will be on view, as well as art works that have not been shown for a while.  The Art of Democracy: 20 years of collecting will showcase a selection of art works acquired since 1994.

We will ensure that there is as little disruption as possible for visitors during this time. Café Tatham will operate as usual, and functions such as concerts will not be compromised. Parking will be available in front of the Gallery for a limited number of visitors with some additional parking available behind the boom (on request during Gallery hours). Parking is available in the Legislature parking for all after hour events at the Gallery.

Gallery staff and the Tatham Art Gallery Board of Trustees are most grateful for the funding received, and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused whilst improvements and maintenance are underway.

We are confident, though, that it will all be worthwhile and that in the long run the Tatham Art Gallery will be a better facility and go from strength to strength.

A surprising and welcome recent addition to the permanent collection is Eastern Cataract, Victoria Falls, a watercolour by the Gallery’s founder, Ada Tatham. This donation came as huge surprise, as none of us were aware that she painted in addition to all her other accomplishments.

Brendan Bell