CollaboRURALation

March 04, 2021 - May 01, 2021

group exhibition/ collaboration with rural artists from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

COLLABORURALATION is a coined word which plainly means, A Collaboration with artists in a rural setting. The focus of the theme will be the diversity of Language: The Alphabet is like a seed which bears forth different languages that have a somewhat beauty that super cedes their origination. Thomarts Gallery has located these artists through the diversity of their languages. Inspired from the 26 letter alphabet, this collaboration is set to bring out the individuality of each artist and make a very interesting conversation expressed in an art dialogue. The purpose of the collaboration with Nkosinathi Thomas's  Ngulube will be to strengthen or build up on raw talent to be locally and internationally recognisable. As the professional artist of the project with a 20+ years-experience and have had his paintings and sculptures shown in various galleries, locally and internationally, Ngulube is rightfully able to claim his title and transfer his diverse skills, impart knowledge and assist young and emerging artists with a great potential to grow professionally. The artists have be given space and time to explore the theme and inspiration in a manner of creating the art: The 3 emerging artists have each received 6 x 150 cm x 100 cm fabriano- alphabet letter-stencilled art works to create on and the 5 young artists will each receive 1x 150 cm x 100 cm fabriano- alphabet letter-stencilled art works to create on and Ngulube will work solo only on 1 x 150 cm x 100 cm fabriano- alphabet letter-stencilled art work: This wpiece will be the only one that the artist does by himself and will form part of the 26 pieces of art. Each artist and the audience that will indulge in the artworks will get to to explore issues pertaining to identity in contemporary South Africa through the lens of creating art. This is a project that seeks to celebrate who we are, our heritage and multi-lingualism.