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DURBAN × ART SCENE

DURBAN’S CREATIVE SCENE IS BUZZING IN THE STATION DRIVE PRECINCT AND BEYOND

In just a few short years, Durban, South Africa’s Station Drive Precinct has grown from a rundown warehouse district to the go-to spot to eat, drink, shop, and play like the city’s creative class. Thanks to a collaborative group of artistic individuals, businesses ranging from homegrown distilleries and breweries to locally produced home décor stores, art galleries, and coffee shops line the area. Station Drive Precinct is also home to the Morning Trade market on Sundays and a family friendly First Thursday open gallery program.

Station Drive Precinct is an ideal place for visitors to be inspired by Durban’s innovative energy, and there are plenty of other art-infused experiences that capture the spirit of this seaside city and its people, both past and present. The following attractions are great ways to experience a truly cultured take on the destination:

DURBAN STREET ART

Originally associated with local gangs, street art has found new life in redevelopment projects across various Durban neighborhoods. Durban’s street artists are inspired by their surroundings, with many exploring themes of politics and nature and using their work as a form of social activism. Louis de Villiers aka Skullboy, Sakhile Mhlongo, and Daniel Chapman aka Mook Lion are just a few of the prolific street artists to look out for. Tour companies like Street Scene provide visitors with plenty of context during half-day graffiti tours that come complete with lunch at a local pub.

I HEART MARKET

I Heart Market is a food and design market held at Moses Madhiba Stadium on the first Saturday of each month. It is a great spot to shop for locally produced goods and artisanal creations ranging from ceramics to crochet toys, original prints, home goods, and more.

THE BAT CENTRE

At Durban’s BAT Centre, visitors can meet local artists and crafters who work on-site, exhibiting and selling their works in a vibrant, harbor-site complex. Founded in 1995, this nonprofit arts center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of the visual arts, crafts, music, dance, and literature of KwaZulu-Natal Province. It has become a must-visit spot for visitors seeking to learn about the region’s cultural heritage, enjoy performances, and shop for original artwork. The BAT Centre is also home to a drum shop selling a variety of African instruments.

AFRICAN ART CENTRE

Founded in 1959, the African Art Centre on Florida Road is designed to preserve traditional forms of arts and crafts while promoting financial empowerment and self-sufficiency among underprivileged South Africans. The African Art Centre helps those in townships and rural areas hone their crafting skills including beadwork, ceramics, traditional Zulu baskets, textiles, and more. The colorful works of art are on display in the gallery and available for purchase at the on-site gift shop. Every purchase made helps provide a sustainable income for some of the more than 1,000 crafters associated with the African Art Centre.

British Ceramics

Last chance to see British Ceramics! Exhibition closes Saturday 26 May 2018.

Twenty seven works by:

Godon Baldwin

Joanna Constantinidis

Hans Coper

Ruth Duckworth

Ian Godfrey

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Ewen Henderson

Jennifer Lee

Lucie Rie

James Tower

John Ward

The exhibition is fully illustrated on our on our website.

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm

Rilke Guillén

Rilke Guillén 

Artist Plásticomexicanocatalán, spiritually and vitally grown and split between two ways of being, of thinking and feeling. He has exhibited his work in Spain and Mexico for many decades. 

Artist statement

I believe to express my vision of this splendor-decadent world that witnesses our existence, to try to move in the emotion of the viewer, to make him see inside yes; by the right and the reverse of the same glove of what is and exists and of what is not and also exists. Like the dream inside the eye and the outside eye. Like the truth and vertigo of the depth of the fractal-cosmic spiral. As a picture, as truth, as the line that springs from my pen. Creating images and sculptures gives meaning to my existence and being me from the inside-out, so I can communicate with others. I am an insatiable explorer of the plastic techniques that I am encountering in my path, such as painting, watercolor, engraving, sculpture, design, etc. My search in these different lands has the same objective: to find the voice that is capable of taking out this animal-human being, who is thronging in my heart. The fine perfume of the flower of my spirit.

Biography 

I remember as a child drawing horses and birds obsessively. The representation of images has always seemed to me as a matter that holds great power, as if in representing an object or being, somehow one was made with his skill, with his unique quality. I have always been surrounded by art. My father, in his poetic dimension, attracted artists from all disciplines to the house to share his presence and talent, some of them had a great impact on me. There was a very special one that made me the honor of taking me as a disciple for a short but unforgettable time: The great teacher Rodolfo Zanabria (who in peace rides in infinity with his maidens with long hair and beautiful faces). From him, I learned that the road is long and if you know how to walk you will reach the Magical Domain. Destiny had the willingness to be a Mexican-Catalan artist, spiritually and vitally grown and split between two ways of being, thinking and feeling. This has allowed me to exhibit and share my work on both sides of the Atlantic since my debut on the plastic scene, until today. 

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