artSPACE durban is an art gallery with dedicated studio spaces located in a warehouse in a light industrial area of Durban, South Africa. Our second gallery, artSPACE berlin, opened in June 2007 and closed in 2010 due to illness. Our initiative in Durban called the COLLECTIVE opened in May 2011 and closed in January 2014.
Blood, sweat and tears are the building blocks of all our artistic endeavours. It
symbolises the hard work we put in and transforms what we have created from ordinary
to extraordinary. So what if we combined the primary colours by which all art is
created with the blood, sweat and tears of three South African artists and created
a world first: paint infused with the essence of their hard work.
Join us on Monday night (10th March) at 6:30p.m. to view the entries for KwaZulu-Natal
of the ABSA L'Atelier Art Award 2014.
All entries had to be registered online this year for the first time.
All are welcome and it is free. There will be food and drink. Car guards on duty.
Lee Scott Hempson is a lecturer in the Fashion and
Textile programme at the Durban University of Technology where she teaches
drawing and illustration, printing technologies and supervises post graduate
She grew up in
Rhodesia/Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa to finish off her schooling and
education in Fine Art. She sees her creative work not as a single idea or a
unitary concept but as an association of ideas, concepts, and themes that at
once reinforce and contradict each other.
This fusion /association
of ideas, she realises is what makes her craft rich in imagery. The ‘routes’ she has taken to get her to
this here and now, added to the acknowledgment that her ‘roots’ colour her perceptions of everything she experiences, are
directors of her creative inspiration, identity and individuality.
Her work is
emotive and evocative. It reflects a ‘double consciousness’ - this
consciousness, she feels, has allowed her to depict and amalgamate her many
interests and then fuse her ideas in a silhouetted form.
artSPACE durban is hosting
an exhibition of artworks that TAFTA needs to sell in order to help raise funds
for their organization.
The artworks have been
donated and created by celebrities: Sonia Booth, Iman Rappetti, Darren Maule,
Anisa Ussoph, and Cameron & Kyleigh of East Coast Radio, and by artists:
Gordon Froud, Collen Maswanganyi, Wonder Mbambo, Sharon Sampson, Anne Kirby,
Alan Grobler, Gretchen Parrock, John Moore and Michele Silk.
Your purchase benefiting TAFTA is tax deductible.
Please take your paid artSPACE durban invoice to TAFTA and the appropriate
certificate will be issued to you.
“Peripheral Visions” comprises prints as well as text
and illustration samples from a small, illustrated novel Spencer has created as
part of her practice led PhD.
in this series by Faye Spencer explore ideas around departure, and
notions of absence and presence. They comprise mainly monotype, linocut
and embossed images emanating from a novel, which the artist has written. The
novel itself explores the idea of loss and recovery and charts the events
surrounding a family death. The methods used in constructing the images,
as well as the unfolding of the story itself, articulates a cathartic practice.
This is a notion key to the work undertaken and drives it further. These
particular prints and the images contained therein reference the story but also
serve to act independently of it. The forms used are often deliberately spare
so that they can speak in an iconic rather than a literal register. The
experience of loss unseats one, and forces a new sense of the world,
sometime this re-visioning of things occurs slowly, on the periphery of ones
everyday experience, but these peripheral visions are ultimately very powerful
and can deeply alter ones existing perception of how things are, or how they
ought to be. The practice of the writing and the making of the prints
emanate from a profound loss, yet at the same time both the writing and the
prints speak of renewal and present an alternate vision of that
experience: one that counters the extreme gravity and despair that accompanies