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Insightful, thought-provoking exhibitions
12 Jul 2012

PAINTINGS which mirror the passage of time is how Heather Gourlay-Conyngham describes her retrospective exhibition, Unfoldings, which can be viewed in the main exhibition hall at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg until September 7.

The exhibition, which will be opened by David Moon at 6 pm tonight, looks back on 20 years of work and covers her career as an artist and former art teacher at St. Anne’s DSG in Hilton.

Gourlay-Conyngham said: “[These paintings] not only mirror my own passage through time, but also reflect my personal development as an artist.

“Broadly speaking, the underlying theme of my work is the ‘human condition’, and is informed by my understanding of art history, a consequence of many years of teaching the subject. While the seed from which my ideas grow is intuitive and emotional, its execution is methodical and cerebral, a process that could be considered in keeping with the classical tradition.”

An exhibition catalogue will be available for sale tonight, and Gourlay-Conyngham will be hosting a walkabout of Unfoldings from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm on July 19.

Safe parking is available on the Church Street side of the gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street.

Also on display at the Tatham is the exhibition, Liaisons Intimes — French Connections, which features works from the permanent collections of the Tatham and the Durban Art Gallery. Running until August 19, it forms part of the French Season in South Africa, during 2012 and 2013.

During the season, which launched with a series of thought-provoking theatre and dance pieces at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the two countries will collaborate in the fields of culture, science, education, sport and business.

To celebrate the partnership and the cultural tourism project, French Presence in KZN: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon, Alliance Française in Pietermaritzburg is inviting all Francophones and Francophiles to visit the exhibition at 4.45 pm today.

For those who are unable to make today’s visit, Brend-an Bell, director of the Tatham, will be hosting a walkabout on August 5 at 10.15 am. — Arts Editor.

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