Youth will launch new art gallery

ONE of Nelson Mandela Bay’s picturesque buildings is set to become the hub of the city’s creative industries with a new exhibition set to launch the recently upgraded historical monument.

The Athenaeum Gallery in Central has just undergone a major renovation and is the site of an exciting new exhibition which calls on emerging artists to comment on the fluid and changing face of the cityscape.

Facelift is a “fresh and forward-thinking” exhibition inspired by the changes Nelson Mandela Bay is undergoing, but also “open to interpretation and application to any South African city’s ebb and flow of urban [re][de]generation”, say organisers.

The call for entries targets Nelson Mandela Bay and Eastern Cape artists between the ages of 18 and 35.

“Our environment affects us so deeply and, especially as urban dwellers, cities can have a profound effect on our psyche and emotional well-being,” said Amy Shelver, from Numb City Productions, administrator of the Athenaeum Building.

“Commenting on how space impacts us as young people in particular is an important way of coming to terms with urban terrain and lives characterised by ironic dual dislocation and connection.”

The city’s urban regeneration is being facilitated through the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), on behalf of the municipality, and is yielding results both in catalysing development and promoting creativity.

“Nelson Mandela Bay is developing in nodes and the thriving public art campaign is creating islands of beauty in what is largely an industrial, degenerating context. We want emerging artists to interrogate what this means, what the juxtaposition of beauty against the banal creates.

“The exhibition organisers are looking for exciting, original works, across all mediums that have not yet been exhibited, to showcase the city’s vast talent,” added Shelver.

The exhibition runs for one month only from March 28 to April 28 and effectively forms the launch pad for profiling the newly completed Athenaeum Gallery and Little Theatre.

The submission date is today with works having to be delivered to The Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace by 4pm. So, if there are any last minute entries, contact Lungi Gqunta on 084-635-2158 or info@numbcity. co.zaas soon as possible.

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