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Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design Exhibition

Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design Exhibition

Launch Date: 7 December 2010
Venue: DUT Art Gallery, above Alan Pittendrigh Library, Steve Biko Campus
Time: 6pm
Public viewing: 7-9 December 2010
Gallery hours: 8:30am to 4pm

The exhibition will be opened by Durban Art Gallery’s exhibitions curator, Jenny Stretton

Durban University of Technology’s Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design will host an exhibition of selected works by final year Diploma and Degree students. The selection is reflective of conceptual rigour, social awareness, craftsmanship and a rich range of attitudes in response to contemporary issues, using a wide range of technical approaches.

The department celebrates its 126th anniversary this year and has its roots embedded in 1884, which saw the beginnings of art education under the unlikely auspices of the Natal Government Railways. At the time apprentices learning model making and geometric drawing had the utility of these lessons by some classes in art drawing under Major Herbert of the Natal Carbineers.

Since then, the department has existed in many forms within different institutions. It was established as an art school in 1886 by the Government Education Department, as the School of Art in 1915 and as the School of Arts and Crafts within the Technical College in 1937. The Department of Fine Art merged with the Department of Jewellery Design in 2008 and has a long history of graduates contributing to the development of South African art history and education.

The Jewellery programme, established in 1978, has a national reputation for its unique development approach to design and manufacture which is rooted in the materials and craft of KwaZulu-Natal cultures.
The 2010 portfolio exhibition showcases student talent and skill at it best. Each piece of work is also influenced by the artists’ character and personal style.

For more information and pictures, please contact:

Nathi Gumede
DUT Art Gallery Curator
Mobile: 082 220 0368
Office: 031 373 2207