The KZNSA, founded 108 years ago and located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, was initially established as an informal opportunity for artists to discuss, exhibit and market their work. During the past century, the organisation has been through a number of radical transformations, and today it is the province's premier contemporary art gallery hosting exhibitions of local, national and international importance.
There are a number of components to the organisation. The shop develops and markets local craft and design, and is also an important outlet in the province for design from the rest of the country. The outreach programmes provide art and culture education development activities with strategic partners. However, the key component of the organisation is its gallery exhibitions and public programmes.
The Main, Mezzanine, and Park Galleries offer spaces ranging from the epic to the intimate. The cinema offers excellent digital projection facilities. Accompanying these exhibitions is a diverse public education programme including artist and curator walkabouts, catalogues and other publications, seminars and specialist conferences.
The KZNSA is a not-for-profit, member-based, public benefit organisation, and has recently gained an additional Section 18 A Status. In effect, this classifies the KZNSA as an arts and culture education service provider. It is governed by a democratically elected council, with specialist ad hoc committees. This places the KZNSA in a unique position, straddling the divide between non-profit contemporary public art space on the one hand, and a gallery that has the benefit of the artist in mind, on the other. This unique position presents many exciting challenges to an organisation that serves the interests of a broad community of artists.
As mentioned, we are a registered non-profit organization, reg no. 004-833 NPO, and are registered with SARS as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO) 18/11/13/2597.
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