Eastern Cape artists shine at Creative Block exhibition

Over the past year, the GFI Art Gallery in Nelson Mandela Bay has collaborated with Spier Arts Trust to extend the reach of the Creative Block artist career-development programme to the Eastern Cape.

Meshack Shakes, oil paint on board.

The 300 Creative Blocks which were recently on exhibition at the gallery, includes work by Eastern Cape artists selected into the programme, and by revered and emerging artists also in the programme elsewhere in South Africa.

“The Creative Blocks displayed together become a newly created, ‘single work’ that honestly and sometimes brutally expresses contemporary South African society,” says Mirna Wessels, chief executive of Spier Arts Trust.

Olivié Keck, 2017. Posca paint on board.

Extending the reach of the Creative Block programme to the Eastern Cape is enabling invited artists from the region to contribute to the visual narrative that Mirna describes, and this is a significant element of the current exhibition at the GFI Gallery.

Another element is that the Creative Blocks on exhibition at the GFI Gallery are exceptional and affordable original Southern African artworks. Works have a standard price per standard size, creating a rare opportunity to buy accessibly priced works by renowned local artists, as well as experimenting with emerging artists’ work.

What is also amazing about the Creative Block exhibition at GFI Gallery, which ended on Friday, is that the gallery commission from the exhibition will be donated to Wings & Wishes, a not-for-profit organisation in South Africa dedicated to transporting critically ill children to receive life-saving medical treatment.

Judy Woodborne, 2017. Reverse painting on board.

Creative Block’s are available year round at:

CAPE TOWN: Spier Wine Estate  and The AVA Gallery
JOHANNESBURG: Hollard Purple Shop: 22 Oxford Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg

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