A touch of flair at Carnegie Art Gallery

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Art is more than mere paintings, they are a flourish of colour which sparks the imagination. Art captivates life, carries messages of cultural importance and reflects the world through the artist’s eyes.

On Friday, March 28, Carnegie Art Gallery hosted its Craft Art Fair. An event of artistic and cultural flair.

“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.

Sheshle Khulu showcases her artwork.
Whether the artists’ work with sculptures, wire, leather, fabric, painting, beadwork or other materials, their work captivated community members at the event.

While offering artists a platform to exhibit their creations, a number of the artists were also awarded certificates for contributing to Carnegie Art Gallery from 2016 to 2019. 

Carnegie Art Gallery, Phumzile Dlamini and the now acting curator, Eric Dlamini award Nkosiyazi Mncwango for his contribution to art in Newcastle.
As the Craft Art Fair offered an escape from the mundane, introducing the community to various forms of art, it further acted as a farewell to Phumzile.

“I will really miss the people of Newcastle, they are truly caring and friendly people. I will also miss the team I worked with at the gallery.”

Carnegie Art Gallery Curator Phumzile Dlamini bids Newcastle farewell.

She adds, her experience in town has also seen her develop a love for Newcastle’s history. “When I came here, I knew nothing of Newcastle. But after interacting with the curator of Fort Amiel Museum, Louis Eksteen, I have really gotten to know the town’s history and the role it played in South Africa.”

As the community focused on the art and bidding farewell to Phumzile, auditions were also held for Miss Cultural Amajuba 2019.

With the finals for Miss Cultural Amajuba taking place in October, the event saw 20 girls pursue the opportunity to make it to the event.

“The auditions involve participants coming with cultural clothing and items,” says organiser Mbuso Nyandu of Intabayami Youth Development.

Fisiwe Mntombela and Sharnè Dheochand prepare for their auditions for Miss Cultural Amajuba 2019.

With a sense of pride, the auditions tied in nicely with the Craft Art Fair, creating a vibrant atmosphere of fun.

As the community embraced a day of artistic talent, it was also a sad one, as Newcastle bids farewell to Phumzile. Farewell Phumzile, your presence at Carnegie Art Gallery will be missed.

Thoko Hadebe.
Nelisiwe Dlamini.
Patrick Nkabinde.
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