Fine Arts student works go on display

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The Fine Arts Department on the Alice campus recently held its annual Student Art Exhibition. On display were paintings, print markings and sculptures.

Four of the artworks by 3rd and 4th-year students have been selected for display in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. The display is aimed at marketing the students’ work to the general public, promoting public community awareness and exposing social ills through visual narratives.

The Department stands to benefit as the students’ creative pieces will be exhibited at the Makhanda National Arts Festival and other creative art competitions such as Sasol, Spier Contemporary and National Heritage. The exhibition also aims to attract funders such as the National Research Foundation, the Eastern Cape Department of Arts and Culture and the National Lotteries.

Fine Arts senior lecturer Dr Siphe Potelwa said “despite some challenges such as lack of exposure, understaffing and lack of resources, the department and its students have great potential to excel.” “We are determined to use the little that we to have become the face of the university,” he said.

Dr Potelwa, also implored Management to support the Fine Arts Department. “The VC said ‘art is within his blood’ and that he loves visual art. We would like him to help us grow this Department.” Currently, the Department is home to 250 students and is in partnership with the HillenbergTrust Fund.


by Mawande Mrashula