UJ ART GALLERY – ANNUAL EXHIBITIONS PROGRAMME 2016
4 – 24 March
PPC IMAGINARIUM GALA EVENT AND EXHIBITION
Having evolved from the longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards, the PPC Imaginarium Awards encourage artists and designers to create and express their abilities using Portland cement–based concrete as a primary base or material. The emphasis is placed on innovation – a criterion that has resulted in dynamic and progressive works that truly push the limits of cement and excite the imagination. Artworks by 47 finalists will be on display.
11 May – 8 June
ART OF HUMAN RIGHTS PRINT PORTFOLIO
The Art of Human Rights (2015) print portfolio marks another milestone towards achieving Art for Humanity's objectives to promote human rights consciousness by using visual arts as a public advocacy medium. This print portfolio reflects on the state of human rights in South Africa, twenty years after the attainment of democracy, through the work of artists and poets. Certain issues are still in the forefront in the quest for a peaceful and united South Africa, as is evident through the contributions to this portfolio.
29 June – 27 July
CARL JEPPE (DRAWINGS) / LWANDISO NJARA (SCULPTURE)
Jeppe and Njara address the effect of postmodern hegemony on changing socio-cultural constructs in terms of technology, expanding global relationships and exchange. Njara's works bring together the two spiritual-cultural realms in which he was raised by investigating changing customs and beliefs, while Jeppe's charcoal landscape drawings, devoid of vegetation or human habitation, alludes to man's power over the planet without accountability.
10 August – 7 Sept
MAJAK BREDELL: CODEX MAGDALENE & MONUMENTS MAGDALENE
Bredell's feminist re-imaging of the mythology and legends of the maligned Mary Magdalene addresses the symbolism and alternative readings of the many roles to which she has been assigned. Codex Magdalene is a visual transcription of these notes and ideas and comprises of over a hundred single folios while Monuments Magdalene comprises larger works, both older and new.
21 Sept – 12 Oct
OTHERING AND RESISTANCE: A VISUAL INTERPRETATION
This exhibition addresses the dichotomous relationships between the other and the normative, the way contemporary modes in the visual arts depict and contest otherness and the significance of resistance and activism. Drawing on contemporary artworks from four major South African institutions (Universities of Johannesburg and Free State, William Humpries Art Gallery, Oliewenhuis Museum), the complex world of inequality, intolerance and exclusion; the politics of identity, and the way acceptance and rejection is shaped by power structures is explored.
09 Nov – 30 Nov
2016 COROBRIK NATIONAL CERAMICS BIENNALE
The 2016 Corobrik National Ceramics Biennale, hosted by Ceramics Southern Africa, represents some of the most captivating works currently being made on the contemporary ceramic landscape. Every type of clay work will be represented including the hand built, wheel thrown and slip cast in materials as diverse as low fired raku, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china. The international awards judge known for her pioneering approach in moving forward the traditional process of bone china production is British ceramist Sasha Wardell, a fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain who has won a number of major international ceramic awards.
- The programme can change without any prior notification