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Bat Centre in Durban

Bat Centre

Galleries and Museum in Durban

The BAT Centre is Durban's vibrant multi-purpose arts centre merging visual and performing arts under one roof. The bright mosaic and mural-covered building has undergone a complete transformation from its former navy hang-out days. Here you will find galleries, artists-in-residence, plus performances of folk music, poetry and spoken-word. The auditorium is the site of the main events held at the BAT Centre. It can hold up to 750 people or 500 people seated and has dressings rooms and ablution facilities. Why BAT? Acronym for 'The Bartel Arts Trust' this centre is also an urban-based community art centre that is a venue and facility for skills training, promotion and exposure of disadvantaged and emergent artists. The focus of the centre is local arts, culture, crafts and entertainment that reflects the Zulu, Indian and Western heritage of KwaZulu-Natal. The difference at BAT is the grassroots, the experimental, the cross-arts trends and the innovation that is promoted at the centre.

Bergtheil Museum in Westville

Bergtheil Museum

Galleries and Museum in Westville

Named after Jonas Bergtheil, this museum is situated in the leafy suburb of Westville midway between Durban and Pinetown. Much of the museum is housed in Westville’s oldest building featuring massive stone walls and hand-hewn timber floorboards. The park like surrounds add an atmosphere of tranquility. Exhibits mostly focus on the first German settlers that Jonas Bergtheil brought to Natal as director of the Natal Cotton Company and their associations with the settlements of Westville, Claremont and New Germany. Visiting hours are 8:30 – 16:00 Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 12:00 Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. Entrance is free.

Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg

Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery

Galleries and Museum in Pietermaritzburg

The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery is situated in the Butterflies for Africa complex in Pietermaritzburg. The gallery was established in 2001 and exhibits both local and international artists. There is a wide variety of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, and photography on display. The different styles and subject matters include sublime landscapes, quirky French villagers and contemporary woodcut prints.

Catalina Theatre in Durban Beachfront

Catalina Theatre

Galleries and Museum in Durban Beachfront

Built right on Catalina flying boats' Control Tower on Wilson's Wharf, Catalina Theatre's theme and decor reflect the ambience of a creative and dramatic flying machine! Catalina Theatre is the dream of Durban thespian, director, producer and performing arts personality, Themi Venturas. New productions are staged every two to three weeks and vary from comedy and the classics to drama and rock music. At Catalina there is a seat in the house to suit every artistic taste and personality. Bar staff are funky, the drinks are cold and the harbour view is breath taking. Say no more!

Fort Nottingham Museum in Fort Nottingham

Fort Nottingham Museum

Galleries and Museum in Fort Nottingham

Fort Nottingham is very quiet and there’s not much to do except visit the smallest town hall in South Africa – it’s more like a medium-sized garden shed – and spend an hour or so in the museum that’s now housed in the old fort. Fort Nottingham derives its name from Nottingham shire's Regiment - the 45th 'Sherwood Foresters', who were stationed there in 1856. This fort was originally developed when a body of troops manned it to protect settlers in the foothills of the Drakensberg from Bushman or San cattle raids. Visitors can visit the Fort Nottingham Museum located 15 km southwest of Nottingham Road. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00. Closed Monday to Tuesday. The annual Bell’s Fort Nottingham Highland and Traditional Games are held on the grounds of Fort Nottingham (8 km from the village). The festival encompasses events, exhibitors, food stalls, highland dancing and athletic games typically found at the Breamar Games in Scotland.

Luthuli Museum in Groutville

Luthuli Museum

Galleries and Museum in Groutville

Take a trip out to Groutville and discover one of South Africa’s national treasures. The Luthuli Museum comprises the former home of "Nobel Peace Prize

Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Pietermaritzburg

Mahatma Gandhi Statue

Galleries and Museum in Pietermaritzburg

The statue of Mahatma Ghandi commemorates the centenary of his experience at the Pietermaritzburg railway station in 1893 when he was cast out from a first class carriage because he was not White. Gandhi had close links to Pietermaritzburg and his passive resistance campaign is closely linked to the city. “My life is my message”, Mahatma Ghandi.

Margate Art Museum in Margate

Margate Art Museum

Galleries and Museum in Margate

The Margate Art Museum is an integral part of community education, outreach and awareness. It consists of the main gallery, a conservation room, the office and an educational venue and exhibition space. Exhibitions cover local and and non-local artists.

Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg

Natal Museum

Galleries and Museum in Pietermaritzburg

You’re always assured of seeing something new at the Natal Museum Here you’ll view a constant array of fascinating temporary exhibitions and happenings ranging from xenophobic violence to a mixed children’s art exhibition at this dynamic museum. 2010 sees the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian people and an exploration of the history of segregation in the US. Eight natural history and ten cultural history galleries showcase numerous mammals including the last wild elephant in KwaZulu-Natal, birds, amphibians, insects and an extensive mollusc collection. Kids will love checking out the life-size T-Rex model. Stroll through a life-size rendering of a Drakensberg rock art cave or walk the plank of a wrecked trading vessel in the Towns and Trade Exhibition. The museum has an internet café, resource library for learners, film room and coffee/snack bar. Open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:30, Saturdays 10:00 – 16:00 Sundays 11:00 – 15:00.

Old Court House Museum in Durban Central

Old Court House Museum

Galleries and Museum in Durban Central

Visit the Old Court House Museum, one of Durban's oldest buildings bearing a fascinating and varied past.The building was loop-holed during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879; it bore witness to both the South African Wars and the Bambatha Rebellion, and more recently acted as a recruitment centre and canteen during both World Wars. It was here that African men were given sanction to enter the city or were denied access, and had to pay the mandatory Poll Tax. Here too, at the beginning of his legendary vocation as an activist, Gandhi was asked by the judge to leave the court for wearing a turban! The museum features a number of collectables in the foyer, including an extensive miniature car collection. The Daphne Strutt Costume Room features fashion from throughout the 20th century, interesting accessories such as cigarette cases, bags, shoes, jewellery and hats enhance the display. A number of rare Art Deco and Nouveau pieces make this exhibition a must for aficionados. The 'Movers and Shakers' exhibition features miniature figurines relating to KwaZulu-Natal's history. A touch screen computer display introduces visitors to a broad overview of the province's history through the lives of these personalities.The Durban Room features the city's progression in lifestyle, wealth and means of production, from the colonial era to the post-colonial era.The Durban Room features four unique exhibits - the David SB Anderson Pharmacy, Henry Francis Flynn's Cottage, Clairmont Sugar Mill (showing developments in the production of Natal's most lucrative resource) and the Miss Fann Fancy Repository with a display of the fine imported fabrics, haberdashery and luxuries available in Durban at the end of the 19th century.  Need to know? Visiting Hours are Monday to Saturday: 8:30 to 16:00; Sundays and Public Holidays: 11:00 to 16:00; closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

The Barnyard Theatre Gateway in Umhlanga Ridge

The Barnyard Theatre Gateway

Galleries and Museum in Umhlanga Ridge

Friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment – the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is where it all comes together. The first Barnyard Theatre started as a homely, rustic farm theatre in Plettenberg Bay where friends and family could be entertained and eat, drink and talk into the small hours of the morning. It proved to be such a winner that more Barnyard Theatres started popping up all over the country. There are currently 12 Barnyard Theatres in South Africa. While each theatre is a product of its individual setting, they all retain the quaint rustic charm of the original farm theatre’s humble beginning.

The Fat Tuesday Gallery in Pinetown

The Fat Tuesday Gallery

Galleries and Museum in Pinetown

The Fat Tuesday Gallery is dedicated to providing an exhibition space for visual artists. The gallery is strongly focused on acting as a platform for both emerging and established photographers. There is an eclectic mix of various paintings, photographs, and ceramics that will entice people with different tastes and interests. There are also various funky items on display such as retro clocks, wind-up toys and re-worked images of pop culture. Visitors can browse through the large collection of books, home decor, and various pieces of original art. The gallery is open on weekdays and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.

The Underberg Studio in Underberg

The Underberg Studio

Galleries and Museum in Underberg

The Underberg Studio is situated in the scenic village of Underberg in the southern Drakensberg. Owned by fine art photographer and ceramicist Lawrance and Catherine Brennon, the working pottery studio and gallery houses their work as well as several leading South African artists. Open daily 10:00 – 16:30 pm (Closed on Tuesdays out of season) Sundays 10:30 – 13:30

The Winterton Museum in Winterton

The Winterton Museum

Galleries and Museum in Winterton

The Winterton Museum is located in the majestic Drakensberg region. It was opened in 1993 by Sheila Henderson and displays the history of the local farming communities in the area, the early inhabitants from the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the San people, the Voortrekkers and the early English settlers. There are various historical items and reproductions of San art as well as a gallery with San paintings and photographs of local San art. Other displays include the first South African democratic elections, the battles of Spieoenkop and Vaalkrans, and a blacksmith shop featuring the Weston Caravan. There is also a reconstructed Zulu beehive kraal built with traditional materials and methods used by the local Ngwane people's ancestors. The outstanding private collection of Boer War books are excellent guides for those planning to visit the battlefields in the area.

Thompson Gallery in Melville

Thompson Gallery

Galleries and Museum in Melville

Thompson Gallery was established in 1993 by Sally Thomspon and Jenny Stadler in the trendy suburb of Melville. The gallery showcases contemporary South African talent in the form of ceramics, oil on canvas, mixed media, charcoal, photography, sculpture, beadwork, jewelery, dry-point print, silk screening, etc. The gallery is not only a platform for established artists but also scouts for new, raw and undiscovered talent. Much of the work displays and reflects the social changes South Africa has undergone in the past decade. The gallery is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 until 17:00 or by special appointment. It is definitely worth a visit if you want to see inspiring, original and provocative art!

 

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