Prince Albert Gallery Press Release
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 the 28th of 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 workshop 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 celebrate Philip W. Badenhorst and land artist Strijdom van der Merwe.
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. Art-related movies and lectures will be presented in the evenings. Artist JP Meyer and designer Jacques Erasmus will offer a cooking course at the town’s recreational cooking school. Restaurants around the village will host dinners with guest artists.
The Gallery will be updating its website regularly with additions to the programme.
For further information contact: Brent Phillips-White E: email@example.com | T: 023 541 1057 | C: 082 749 2128