Best of African Design, 100% Zulu

The KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa has a rich and unique heritage of art, craft and design, which sheds insight into both traditional and contemporary Zulu culture. B.A.D. Best of African Design (26 July-26 August 2007, Oxo Tower Wharf) presents a fresh selection of work by the region’s top artists and most prominent designers working in a diverse range of disciplines. On display and for sale are oil painting, woodcuts/lithographs, photography, painted/burnt-wood sculpting, telephone-wire weaving, beadwork, embroidery, grass basketry and other original hand-made and recycled items.

Top artists
The exhibition is anchored by top KwaZulu-Natal artists, such as Zamani Mkhanya and Sfiso Ka Mkame’s deep hued oil pastels, William Zulu’s linocuts imbued with strong political and social commentary; Lindelani Ngwenya’s complex copper wire sculpting. There is oil painting by the more traditional Zulu artist, Joseph Manana, which is in contrast to the lively street and rural scenes of Welcome Danca, Sibusiso Duma and Siphiwe Zulu. The vivid telephone-wire weaving includes figurative and geometric work by the master weavers such as Alice Gcaba, Joyce Mkhize and Simon Mavundla.

The exhibition also includes an exclusive collector’s series of black-and-white photography by Paul Weinberg, carefully selected from his 25 years experience as one of the leading South African photographers. His photographs, like the entire collection of work on display, are committed to exploring and revealing the complex subtleties and surprises of modern day Zulu culture.

Other than the established fine art, the exhibition also contains practical hand-made fashion and home accessories including beaded chandeliers, colourful wooden mobiles, hand-embroided umbrellas and Zulu tyre sandals. Also included are hand-made dolls, toys made out recycled items and products produced from community projects. Prices from £10-£5,000.

The exhibition has been curated by the African Millennium Foundation in conjunction with the two most respected sources of original African art in the KwaZulu-Natal region: the prestigious African Art Centre and the famous Zen Zulu/BAT Craft of Durban.

Listings Information:
B.A.D. Best of African Design
100% Zulu
26 July – 26 August 2007, 11am – 6pm daily, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1
Admission FREE – Artworks for Purchase
Nearest train/tube: Blackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo
Information: 020 7401 2255

Region: All
Venue Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
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Name: Amy Saunderson-Meyer
Phone: 07942 392 765