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Performing & Visual Arts

With some of South Africa’s top performing artists, founders of the Loft Theatre company, well known television and theatre actors, actresses and directors, why not book a murder-mystery Dinner Thriller evening, a hilarious corporate change workshop with famed Corrie the Postmaster or look out for our festival Carnival dates, poetry and film festivals?

With too much to mention, please watch our calendar of events for more details.

Exhibitions, Tours & Courses

Come and get your hands dirty - whether you are a novice wanting to release that inner child or a more experienced potter or artist, the Midlands Meander artists and crafters can offer you exactly what you have always wanted. From half day to 5 day courses, celebrate your creativity with South Africa’s finest, in the most picturesque part of the world. Courses are also tailormade to your requirements, and school groups are welcome. Booking is essential. And whilst the pottery is drying and firing, we will inspire you with visits to more of the delectable creative delights that we have to offer. Let us spoil you, take time out, or celebrate a kitchen tea with your girlfriends, splash some colour into your life and make this your year of exploration.

Local Art Groups

Zombeza 033 266 6460
Harts 033 330 4905
Macs 033 386 6500

Galleries

Ardmore Ceramic Art
Corrie Lynn Gallery

Dargle valley pottery
Graceland Gallery
Glass Cuttings Shop and Gallery
Millgate Gallery
Mountain View Gallery
The Furniture Company
The Woodturner
Zulu-lulu Ceramic boutique

Cool & Funky Courses

All art courses can be adapted for corporates, tour groups, hens party’s, school groups, holiday breakaways - your wish is our command.. the choices endless and unique.

Stained Glass

Beginners: Students will be taught the basics of stained glass at Aladdin’s-de-Light art and glass studio -Aladdin’s Corner, Nottingham Road. They will take home 2 or 3 projects. All glass and tools supplied. Lunch included Fri 12th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th of February (3 days) R1400

Advanced: Students will finish and take home a lamp. (Own tools and glass, available from Aladdin’s) Thurs 6th, Fri 7th, Sat 8th, Sun 9th of May (4 days) R1700

Discount price if both courses are booked for and paid simultaneously R2800

Ceramic Holidays

  1. Try your hand at something new.1 day course from R190, lunch Inc.
  2. 2 -5 day courses are presented by a potter with 25 years experience. These classes are the ideal opportunity to brush up on specific skills or learn new techniques. Includes wheel throwing, decorating with slips, smoke-firing, mould-making, paper clay and raku. Classes are suitable for beginners or experienced potters. Open classes will be more freely structured for the student who want freedom to touch up in various areas. Projects made in the class will be taken home but it will be the responsibility of the attendee to organize transport after firing. Bring an apron and towel. Tools and all materials will be supplied. All ceramic holidays are participating workshops. (Lunch will be included).  All classes have a minimum attendance of 6.

Galleries

Ardmore Ceramic Art
Corrie Lynn Gallery

Graceland Gallery
Glass Cuttings Shop and Gallery
Dargle valley pottery
Millgate Gallery
Mountain View Gallery
The Furniture Company
The Woodturner
Zulu-lulu Ceramic boutique

Cool & Funky Courses

All art courses can be adapted for corporates, tour groups, hens party’s, school groups, holiday breakaways - your wish is our command.. the choices endless and unique.

Stained Glass

Beginners: Students will be taught the basics of stained glass at Aladdin’s-de-Light art and glass studio -Aladdin’s Corner, Nottingham Road. They will take home 2 or 3 projects. All glass and tools supplied. Lunch included Fri 12th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th of February (3 days) R1400

Advanced: Students will finish and take home a lamp. (Own tools and glass, available from Aladdin’s) Thurs 6th, Fri 7th, Sat 8th, Sun 9th of May (4 days) R1700

Discount price if both courses are booked for and paid simultaneously R2800

Ceramic Holidays
  1. Try your hand at something new.1 day course R190, lunch Inc.
  2. 2 -5 day courses are presented by a potter with 25 years experience. These classes are the ideal opportunity to brush up on specific skills or learn new techniques. Includes wheel throwing, decorating with slips, smoke-firing, mould-making, paper clay and raku. Classes are suitable for beginners or experienced potters. Open classes will be more freely structured for the student who want freedom to touch up in various areas. Projects made in the class will be taken home but it will be the responsibility of the attendee to organize transport after firing.
    Bring an apron and towel. Tools and all materials will be supplied. All ceramic holidays are participating workshops. (Lunch will be included). All classes have a minimum attendance of 6.

    Corporate Creative Facilitating

Ceramics is a powerful, fun tool for examining team strengths and weaknesses, in conjunction with an industrial psychologist (or not). Usually 2 hours (@ R120 pp, minimum 8 people) is what is needed, but the workshop can be arranged to suit the needs of individual teams.

Local Food & Art Adventure

5 days of exploring local art galleries and visiting the homes and studios of artists. Painting sessions with our local artists in different media and making ceramics with our resident potter with 25 years experience. We will also visit local markets, wine merchants, and cheese makers and then prepare lunch together. Cooking classes will be conducted by Louise van Niekerk, who has been the chef of the popular Aladdin’s Restaurant for the past 14 years, or by a guest chef from the area. Evening meals will be enjoyed at one of the excellent Midlands Restaurants.

A township tour to bead artists and Zulu dancing will be included. Accommodation will be at a (minimum) 4 **** establishment and transport will be provided by an accredited tour guide. Transport can be arranged from the airport. All inclusive price: R6900 (except drinks) A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 per tour apply.

Mondays: Regular Pottery Class

Covering handwork, wheelwork and exciting class projects
2 - 4 30 pm, R350, all inclusive per month. (4 classes)
Visitors to the area can join this class for R120 per day.
Pottery classes can be arranged for 6 or more visitors if booked in advance.

Other courses

Mosaics, Decoupage for beginners, Life drawing, Mixed media right brain painting, Drawing for beginners and Pastels with Val Stevens.

Kitchen teas

Paint your own unique dinner/tea set with your friends. Cost depends on sets required and tea or lunch or champagne breakfast.

All bookings require proof of payment on booking and are subject to a minimum of 6 attending, max 12 (Discounts negotiable of group bookings of 8 or more)

Contact us: Jan or Louise van Niekerk 033 2666460 or louise@aladdins.co.za Or visit www.aladdins.co.za

Pottery

February & March 2010: One or two day throwing workshops available with renowned, celebrated and highly exhibited Hillfold Pottery’s Lindsay Scott:

Maximum 10 per group

  1. Throwing workshop, one day: For intermediate and advanced levels: Lindsay Scott of Hillfold pottery demonstrates his style of throwing and discusses his working philosophy. R200 per person.
  2. Participation Throwing workshop, two days: : For intermediate and advanced levels Participants will throw and master potter, Lindsay Scott will help you with problems of technique and style. R400 per person for both days. Excluding lunch.
MAY - DECEMBER:

For beginners: A 3 day course, extended over a period of 5 days, this workshop gets beginners off to the right start, making something from scratch and take it through to completion (in an electric kiln). Price on request. Tours of the Midlands arranged, visit other art establishments or breathe in the tranquil Midlands magic in between.

For intermediate and advanced levels only- Wood Firing and Salt firing your work: Participants need to communicate with Lindsay about size of objects to make and type of clay.

Art Jamming in The Midlands Meander

Splash paint, colour and laughter onto your canvas at an art jamming session in the Midlands. Paint your masterpiece under the watchful eye of an experienced artist. We will accommodate you in one of the delightful midlands establishments . Your canvas, paints and brushes await you in the tranquil setting of an organic garden or set up alongside your conference venue. You are guaranteed to leave refreshed, destressed and inspired. For more details email Andre on andre@andresart.co.za Phone: +27 (0)33 3303116 Cell: +27(0) 82 551 4202 www.andresart.co.za

Living Artists & Sculptors

 

The Midlands Meander boasts an exceptional group of artists. A wide diversity of talent which has received international acclaim over the years, with many of our artists exhibiting throughout the world. From storytelling woodcarvings, to water and oil paintings of seascapes, tractors, wildlife, contemporary arts and uniquely crafted products which again, due to their outstanding quality, are exported to all corners of the globe. Our artists are at the cutting edge of innovation and interpretation. There is no better visual eye candy than that which we have in our midst, the Midlands Meander artists and crafters.

Classical paintings by Andre De La Rosa; Organic pieces in bone white clay, Astrid Dahl; Stained glass and beads Gill Pryke; Selection of oil on canvas and pastel paintings/landscape figures & still life by Sue Platt; Outstanding bead work by Barbara Magrath; Unique Leather shoes, Dael Lithgow; Equine & animal art Inge Dagmar Manders; Porcelain, stoneware & terracotta pots Lindsay Scott; Ceramic artist Michael Haigh; Oil paintings berg, seascapes & vintage tractors Mike Norris; International contemporary fibre artist creating original, vibrant art works from hand dyed silks with Carolyn Zelenka; Landscape and wildlife Shirley Greene; Photographic interpretations natural beauty Stephen Pryke;  Kiln formed fused glassware Terry Stevens; Unique ceramics & sculptures Trayci Tompkins.
Call for an appointment to meet them and see their work.
 
It is no surprise that the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has been, for quite some time now, the centre of bronze casting in this province. The reason is a simple one and not at all a mystery; the Midlands holds a promise of a lifestyle which more and more people are coveting, and foundry men seem not to be immune to this dream. This area has seen a flurry of bronze casting activity for quite some years now, the foundries ranging from the small and personally motivated to the larger, more commercially driven. In some ways the artist-foundry relationship, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, is one which resembles the chicken and egg one. But regardless of whether it is the presence of foundries which has given rise to the many successful bronze artists residing in the Midlands, or whether the large artist community has manifested the foundries, the combination makes for an inspiring area to live in and to visit.

The Midlands has, living among its beautiful valleys and hills, bronze sculptors ranging from those who defer to more classical traditions as well as wildlife artists and artists with a more modern, conceptual bent. The Goodwin Foundry has cast for most of the artists living in its proximity, as well as having completed works, such as monuments for public consumption all over South Africa. The plain joy of owning bronze art is something an experienced buyer of or and investor in bronze art will know about. Buying and owning bronze art means that, for the buyer, there is an instant association with an established and esteemed tradition of both art appreciation and economic savvy. Bronze sculpture has a lifespan which no other medium of art can compete with. This makes the investment in bronze art so much more meaningful and enjoyment of it so much deeper.

Visit our sculptors and our foundry - Foundry owner and specializing in bronze & environmental art Kim Goodwin, Alternative character design Sarah Lovejoy, Fine bronze sculptures & original jewelry Mike Mawdsley, Dynamic bronze sculptures Sarah Richards, Lifelike bronze portraits Peter Hall and Birdland Foundry including mythological and fantasia creatures Michael Haigh.


 

Emerging Artists

There is an art to creating something out of nothing - ask Mannoi Tsotetsi who crochets funky slippers from bright plastic bags. Amongst the les well-known artists in the area, the spirit of co-operation on which the Midlands Meander was founded, is strong. Frank Mchunu of Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Experience has worked hard to encourage tourists to vist the township which teems with creative energy. Whilst some local artists have already won awards and exhibited in the big cities, others are just starting to explore creative possibilities. The Midlands Meander Association is working hard at raising funds to formalize a sustainable product development centre for this emerging talent, as well as providing ongoing mentoring and in-house experience with some of the local crafters. Don’t miss your chance to snap up something specially created by our future stars.

  • Pencil sketches Dumisane Shange
  • Hand tooled leather belts Febson Zuma
  • African Treasures Godfrey Tshuma
  • Wire and bead work Siyabonga Duma
  • Woven leather baskets and bins Sunnnyboy & Nobuhle Dlomo
  • Bronze sculptor Xolani Ngcobo.

Also visit our co-operatives -

  • Zulu and traditional quilts Mzansi Zulu Quilt Centre
  • Funky and fun African art Ubuhle Co-op
  • Handwoven woolen & cotton rugs and accessories Weavers Hut Co-op
  • oils, canvasses, wirework & photography Amaciko-esizwe visual arts co-op.

KZN Midlands Craft Guild

The KZN Craft Guild is a group of like-minded people who believe in aiming at excellence in what they do. Their work is original, interesting and varied, changing and developing on an ongoing basis. Once a year the Craft Guild celebrates with a Rolling Exhibition. This is where each craftsman hosts an exhibition of high quality guest exhibitors in there respective studios and is a calendar event not to be missed - see you this Easter weekend, the 2nd - 5th April 2010.

The Craft Guild members include:

You are welcome to visit the studios where you can see work in progress and new and interesting products being made by highly regarded crafts people. Potters, weavers, woodworkers, leatherworkers and wrought-iron artists all working with age-old techniques and the involved and complex processes of true craft. These skills can take many years to acquire and most of the members have over 30 years or more of experience. Each of them is a professional in his own right.

All the studios are situated in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, ranging between Nottingham Road, Curries Post and Dargle. This Easter will see Groundcover launching their new woman’s shoe range, and will be focusing on emerging leatherworkers from Mpophomeni, Impendle, Weenen and Lesotho. Another special treat is Dael from Yeti leather and work from the /K!untu project in the Kalahari (San Leatherwork). Ardmore will be exhibiting Easter Egg Cups and Easter Mugs including easter eggs, in addition to a range of rabbit jugs following the very successful owl jug range.

Hillfold Pottery is home to renowned, national award-winning South African potter Lindsay Scott. One of the founder members of the Midland’s Meander, Lindsay’s work features in many South African art galleries including The Tatham and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The Easter Exhibition will feature Lindsay’s high-temperature, oil-fired stoneware and porcelain--platters, bowls, mugs, teapots, jars and pitchers--and he will also be making some enormous terracotta containers, glazed and unglazed.

Sterling’s Wrought Iron have been up in the Midlands for around 13 years now formally from Ballito. A family business established around 1985 making and forging unique and functional metal products. Sterlings will be working on some unusual benches but to quote `everyday is different ,you can start working on a bench and end up with a bed. Its an organic process. Come and meet the art!

Robin and Tinks Fowler of Corrie Lynn and Co’s showroom is housed in a 100 year old barn, on the farm on which their family has lived for three generations. Corrie Lynn and Co. produces a diverse range of furniture, from classic to contemporary and made from many different woods. Their speciality is in creating just the right piece to suit there customers needs. Originality, uniqueness, quality and personal service are their hallmarks. All staff are recruited locally and taught basic to fine woodworking skills.

Shuttleworth Weaving is a set in one of the beautiful natural forests of the KwaZulu-Natal midlands in South Africa. A winding road in the foothills of the Drakensberg will lead you to a quiet studio on a hillside, looking over a peaceful valley. The Shuttleworths began weaving in 1976 and for over thirty years their family-owned business has produced high quality carpets and throws, with a special emphasis on texture and colour.

For the Easter exhibition they will be focusing on textiles from all over South Africa, show casing their new range of high end mohair rugs. In addition, the Shuttleworths wil be hosting Jutta Fauld’s fibre art, Barok for Embellished Textiles (Merle Payne), Mzansi Zulu Quilts and woven Zulu baskets.

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