Tuesday 27 January 2015 saw the opening of the prestigious KZNSA Annual Members’ Exhibition. The KZNSA is a non-profit, member-based, public benefit organization and every year members of the society are given the opportunity to submit artworks for what has become a highlight on the gallery’s exhibition calendar.
This year, members were invited to engage with the ethos of the society with the theme of 'Transformation, Incubation, Activation'. Artists were encouraged to reflect upon the development and growth that the organization is experiencing and submit works that speak to this exciting period of transition. The Members’ exhibition brings together a host of local amateur and professional talent working across a wide spectrum of mediums and disciplines, including paintings, prints, ceramic work, photography and mixed media installations.
A floating trophy and generous prize money to the value of R20,000 is donated to the KZNSA Members’ Exhibition by the Emanuel family, in memory of Durban painter and long standing member of the KZNSA, Joan Emanuel. This donation has directly resulted in raising the standard of the show.
Joan Emanuel was involved in the Durban art community for many years. She had a natural talent for painting and drawing and was a founder member of the North Coast Art Group. Emanuel took part in many KZNSA members’ exhibitions and staged two solo exhibitions at the NSA Gallery in Overport City.
Lee Scott Hempson – Hand Held
Lara Mellon – We All Seek To Be Free
Karen Bradtke – The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Artists
Michele Silk – TYRIBEL…After Delacroix, Baselitz and Freud
Mthobisi Maphumulo – Ulaka Lwabaphansi (The Anger of Underground Creatures)
Judges this year were Tony Starkey (Honourary Research Associate, DUT Fine Art and Jewellery Design), Mduduzi Xakaza (Director at the Durban Art Gallery) and Val Coppin-Shaw (Gallerist and KZNSA Gallery Committee Member).
Lee Scott’s winning piece can be viewed in the Park Gallery, and the remaining winning works in the Main Gallery.