Top names for first Prince Albert Art FestivalPrince Albert Gallery
David Goldblatt and William Kentridge will headline the Prince Albert Art Festival (PArt) on the weekend of 28 September 2012.
To mark the town’s 250th birthday celebration and the Prince Albert Gallery’s tenth anniversary, more than 30 of South Africa’s most renowned visual artists will be participating in the village’s first art festival.
The festival is scheduled for the weekend of 28 September 2012 and interrogates the theme of The Vulnerable Landscape. Artists will explore all aspects of landscape: interiors, the mind, urban renewal and destruction, the veld and closer to home, the beautiful and vast landscapes of the Karoo.
In addition to the Gallery, housed in the historic Seven Arches building, other venues around the architecturally acclaimed village will be in use. “We wanted to include as much of the town as possible,” said Gallery owner Brent Phillips-White. “We’ll be offering lectures and workshops as well as the exhibitions in some of these venues.”
He said art lovers will find work by painters, photographers, ceramicists, print-makers, sculptors and land artists at the festival.
Prince Albert Gallery co-director Mary Anne Botha explained: “The arid Karoo is vulnerable to climate change and human intrusion. Water for food and settlement is scarce. Fossil water held in deep aquifers is irreplaceable.
New work will be on display by David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Hylton Nel and Hermann Niebuhr. Other artists exhibiting include Standard Bank Artist of the Year 2012 Mikhael Subotzky, internationally celebrated Philip W. Badenhorst and land artist Strijdom van der Merwe. (Full list of artists participating is below).
An exhibition will be curated featuring Karoo artists’ response to the threat of fracking. Workshops will be on offer by photographer Louis Botha, Jill Trappler and reduction woodblock printmaker Joshua Miles. Prominent paleontologist Judy Maguire and artist JP Meyer will offer lectures in the evenings. And the town’s recreational cooking school, African Relish, will have a special weekend cooking course uniting JP Meyer and Chef and designer Jacques Erasmus for From Palate to Palette. Other restaurants around the village will host dinners with artists.
The Gallery will be updating its website with any additions to the programme. www.princealbertgallery.co.za
The town’s accommodation fills up quickly. To book: www.patourism.co.za
Philip W. Badenhorst
Hennie Boshoff and the Villa Kruger
Guy du Toit
Richard John Forbes
Lesley Ann Hoets
Shany van den Bergh
Strijdom van der Merwe
Photos available on request.
For further information contact:
Tel: 023 5411 057
Mobile: 082 749 2128
Prince Albert Gallery
57 Church Street
Tel: 023 5411 057
Fax: 086 510 1842
Mobile: 082 749 2128 (Brent)
Web site: http://www.princealbertgallery.co.za