31.08.2019 | 24.09.2019

Duncan Stewart, ‘Migration’, Charcoal, mixed media on Fabriano, framed w/o glass, 150cm x 100cm

About the Exhibition

People are basically the same the world over. Everybody wants the same things – to be happy, to be healthy, to be at least reasonably prosperous, and to be secure. They want friends, peace of mind, good family relationships, and hope that tomorrow is going to be even better than today.

– Zig Ziglar

Everything changes, but certain patterns repeat themselves.

When we look back over the last hundred or so years, it is, in the context of humanity’s history, quite astounding how much progress we’ve made as a species, despite the oscillating nature thereof.

We’re finally seeing movement towards a place where society is more accepting of people on its fringes, where individuality can be expressed, where otherness does not lead to (at least, in growing geographical locations, official) persecution.

Slowly but surely, change is happening. However, although we are also slowly moving towards a mind-set of valuing our fellow non-human earthlings more, with the rapid progress and advancement comes more challenges, like the global climate crisis, environmental destruction, disparity and overpopulation.

And yet, amidst all of it, people still want and need the same things we did hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years ago. Self-reflection, mindfulness, mental health and the feeling of connectedness to something greater than ourselves are as important as ever to be able to function optimally and live our short little lives to their fullest.

A group show for Heritage Month, this exhibition alludes both to presence/living in the moment, and current and contemporary affairs and issues, and how these two facets of the human existence co-exist. Being pertinent to the times and to our continual evolution as a species, an exciting line-up of artists will explore an insightful variety of perspectives on the theme.

Participating artists

Ley Mboramwe | Vanessa Berlein | Mandy Herdien | Duncan Stewart | Richard Pratt | Greta McMahon | Lara Mellon | Theko Boshomane | Leila Fanner | Haidee Nel | Dave Robertson