The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), founded in 1902 and located in Glenwood, Durban was initially established as an informal opportunity for artists to discuss, exhibit and market their work. Over the next century, the organisation experienced tremendous growth and underwent a number of radical transformations, and today it is KZN’s premier contemporary art gallery, hosting exhibitions of local, national and international importance.
There are a number of components to the organisation, including the gallery, shop and Arts Café. The shop develops and markets one hundred percent local only craft and design and is also an important outlet in the province for design from the rest of the country. However, the key component of the organisation is its gallery exhibitions and public education programmes. The Main, Mezzanine, and Park Galleries offer exhibition spaces ranging from the epic to the intimate, including a range of digital projection facilities. Accompanying these exhibitions is a diverse public education programme including artist and curator walkabouts, catalogues and other publications, seminars and specialist conferences.
The Main Gallery is a double-volume space, half of which is covered by the Mezzanine. Clerestory windows, a full height doorway and another opening provide ample natural light.
The Mezzanine Gallery overlooks the Main Gallery. Ideal for small shows, or to show additional works on a large exhibition. The Mezzanine is carpeted, and has access through to the Park Gallery.
Situated on the upper level of the complex, the Park Gallery leads on to the Mezzanine Gallery. It is an enclosed exhibition space, ideal for smaller exhibitions.
The KZNSA Gallery regularly hosts events and exhibitions, including film screenings, intimate live music performances, public talks, and workshops. Every Saturday, the KZNSA Lab host sessions for the public to learn new art skills from some of Durban’s best teachers; past sessions have included portrait drawing, life drawing and oil pastel drawing. Tickets for these three-hour sessions are R200 and need to be booked in advance by calling 031 2771705 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The KZNSA Gallery is also one of three of the city’s creative spaces to take part in Go Durban, EThekwini Municipality and Innovate Durban’s Connect031, a First Thursday event. These epic evenings of music, art, food and more are powered by the Go Durban buses, making it easy to access all of the best creative spaces Durban has to offer.
From 31 July to 19 August 2018 Markus Wörsdörfer’s exhibition DriftArt: Washed Ashore and Shaped by Nature will take place at the KZNSA Gallery.
The KZNSA Gallery is based at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. For more information, visit www.kznsagallery.co.za or call 031 277 1705.