Carnegie Art Gallery planning Craft Art Fair

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The author Thomas Merton once said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time.”

These words resonate truth, as art captivates our hearts, souls and imagination.

While taking art enthusiasts into far off lands, while viewing the world through the artist’s eyes, there is another factor which art plays in society.

“Visual art has been proven to be a skill which can assist in boosting the economy. Therefore, Carnegie Art Gallery contributes to the government initiative, Thuma Mina, by hosting a Craft Art Fair,” says Carnegie Art Gallery Curator Phumzile Dlamini.

The idea behind the Craft Art Fair is to market artists and crafters, introducing them to the public. Thereby, ensuring artists’ talents and works are exposed, acknowledged and supported.

“We are inviting artists working with any medium to participate in the event,” says Phumzile.

Whether the artists’ work with sculptures, wire, leather, fabric, painting, beadwork or other materials, their work will surely make the event a unique experience. 

Taking place from March 28 to March 29, from 9am until 4pm, at the gallery, the public is encouraged to visit the Craft Art Fair and show their support of local artists and purchase their creations.

The entrance to the event is free and for more information, artists and the public can contact the curator, Phumzile Dlamini, or gallery assistant, Eric Kubheka on 034 328 7622 or contact them via email at

On the same day, Carnegie Art Gallery will also be holding a Chess Visual Art Fair.

Phumzile explains the workshop initially began in 2018 and is aimed at bridging the gap between art and playing chess.

“One of the aims of the workshop is to educate the public about the importance of visual art and chess. These two art forms are a great way to stimulate one’s brain, allowing oneself to express their thoughts and feelings,” says Phumzile.

Furthermore, she says this workshop assists in meditating and healing one’s soul.  

“To be involved in such activities will assist the youth in staying away from unacceptable behaviour, such as drugs use and crime. We are inviting the public, and encouraging the youth, in particular, to be apart of this workshop and experiment with art and chess, while interacting closely with artists while they are working.

To participate in the Chess and visual art workshop, contact Khensani via WhatsApp or SMS on 073 476 8565 or email at

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