The Artz Africa Cultural Art Gallery and Craft Store had their official opening on 27 September 2019.
Introduction the Artz Africa Cultural Art Gallery
https://g.page/Artz-Africa-Cultural-Gallery?share – online gallery has been created on our own expense without funding
http://artzafrica.co.za/ - website has been created on our own expense without funding
http://g.page/SIDLEKE_SELUSOTI/ - Proudly African accommodation has been set up for guests that wish to view the Artz Africa Cultural Gallery and we have also brought on board African Youth that wish to generate an income whilst we create jobs for them to market the accommodation. This works in conjunction to the benefit of the Artz Africa Gallery as it brings in extra tourists to view the Cultural Artists works.
All above will fall under our newly obtained NPO which has no funders except Deanne Kim Feneysey/ Lerato who gives up her space and time to ensure that the artists get their exposure.
Artz Africa Cultural Gallery was recently opened on the 27 September 2019 and became part of the official Gala evening of the opening evening of the Kaapsehoop Wild Horse festival 2019. Visual Artists that exhibited during this event were Bob Mnisi who is a very well known Internationally and in South Africa, as well as upcoming artists Shane Hlophe 2018 winner and Terrence Mabaso 2019 winner of the 2018 Mbombela Agricultural Art Competition, Sipho Hengetwa – known as Pina, Ayanda Nkosi, and Vanrooy Soondlane. Pamela N Mahlalela displayed her Craft works and sold over R1000.00 of her works that evening. Winston Mamajalifa supported his fellow artists comrades by attending the event.
The Artz Africa Cultural Gallery, which is based in Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga approximately 30km from the Mbombela N4 and 12km from the Ngodwane N4 – is situated on a historical property that was built in 1900 and tucked quaintly at the edge of this village that attracts many tourists as they experience the village’s artistic appearance, Wild Horses and ancient rock formations.
The Artz Africa Cultural Gallery does not run on profit from the Artists and at their own discretion they may contribute a small percentage if they wish but this is not enforced. This percentage barely covers any costs that are required to advertise, market and sell their works but through the passion of Lerato / Deanne Kim Feneysey – who herself is an artist and Art Experience Therapist, written over 72 Educational Textbooks for DoE -wishes to see the Rural, Cultural Artists of Mpumalanga Province obtain the exposure they well overdue deserve and therefore has created a project that will ensure job opportunities for the artists to become self-sustainable.
Why a Cultural Gallery?
ARTZ AFRICA CULTURAL GALLERY
Written by: Deanne Kim Feneysey
ARTZ AFRICA CULTURAL GALLERY – KAAPSEHOOP MPUMALANGA. - LERATO (DEANNE) KIM. For many years the rural, cultural, indigenous artists of this Mpumalanga Province have been struggling alone while trying to get their Indigenous works exposed and sold to the public market. Many have been exploited due to the prices they accept in order to make a living. Traditional knowledge you might be aware is transmitted between generations through stories, songs, dances, carvings, paintings and performances yet these artists are struggling to just stay alive. This sad yet true knowledge became the reason why Artz Africa was ‘birthed’. Over a year ago a group of Artists sat speaking about their current situation while attending the Mpumalanga Agricultural Show at the Mbombela Stadium. The three main founders were Lerato (Deanne Kim) a Contemporary Artist, Bob Mnisi a well renown Mpumalanga unexposed artist and winner of the 2017 Mbombela stadium exhibition competition and Shane Hlope – winner of the 2018 Mbombela stadium exhibition competition. It was decided that they would take this desperate need into their own hands and do their level best to make the difference. After only one year a database of 51 Indigenous artists from Mpumalanga alone, was created. The non-funded project and newly registered NPO meant many hours of dedication and planning. The Executive Committee Art Activists took a decision to continue to ensure that the artists stand united to empower and to encourage the Youth of this Province to unleash their talents and produce quality works. After much frustration and continual drive to market and expose as well as find a ‘home-base’ gallery for the Artz Africa Database artists, it was decided that they would take what they have and utilize the space that Lerato/ Deanne Kim Feneysey could offer to assist them with to set up their own Artz Africa Cultural Gallery. Artz Africa is now proud to announce that they have set up the Cultural Gallery, sourced a developer that was willing to develop on a pro-bono contract and set up a website http://artzafrica.co.za as well as an online google page https://g.page/Artz-Africa-Cultural-Gallery?share What we strive for next is to source sponsors that will assist us with any external paints and brushes to create Cultural Murals on the Buildings that we will be hosting upcoming exhibitions as well as further expose our Mpumalanga Cultural Artists by creating a visual awareness to the buildings we occupy. Many of the Artz Africa Database artists’ works arriving daily to ensure that we make an impact to the public viewers that will soon visit this space after their Gala evening opening event on 27 September 2019.
Since the Cultural Artz Africa Gallary has opperational Bob Mnisi has sold over 18 artworks – 5 of which have been sold to the United Kingdom purchaser, and all others to our Private Game Lodges such as Sabi Sand Wildtuin and many in the Timbavati area, John Macube sold a beautiful musical composition to a resort in Mozambique and there has been much interest from a USA couple who visited the gallery to see how they could market the artworks overseas in the near future. Another one of Bob Mnisi’s artworks sold to a guest from Belgium while she stayed in the ‘Proudly African Artz Africa Accommodation’ which is situated on the same property of the Artz Africa Cultural Gallery - http://g.page/SIDLEKE_SELUSOTI/
The Artz Africa Cultural Artists are now currently producing new works for the Festive season and we encourage our local Mpumalanga residence and tourists to support these non-commercial Cultural, Rural Artists works.
Artists that exhibited on opening Gala evening of Artz Africa Cultural Gallery:
Bob Mnisi who is a very well known Internationally and in South Africa, as well as upcoming artists Shane Hlophe 2018 winner and Terrence Mabaso 2019 winner of the 2018 Mbombela Agricultural Art Competition, Sipho Hengetwa – known as Pina, Ayanda Nkosi, and Vanrooy Soondlane. Pamela N Mahlalela displayed her Craft works and sold over R1000.00 of her works that evening. Winston Mamajalifa supported his fellow artists comrades by attending the event.
The support of this Artz Africa Project has been greatly supported by the Mbombela Municipality - Mr Mashele, Mbombela representative Marietjie Henning, Nkosinathi Thomas Naulibe (Owner of many SA galleries), as well as the Director of Bush to Cloud (Conservation) – Candice Pierce.