At long last the South African lockdown necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic has eased sufficiently to open a number of the flagship exhibitions on the programme for Hermanus FynArts 2020.
These openings will take place inline with lockdown protocols over the next couple of months. Sculpture on the Cliffs will remain until the opening weekend of the ninth Hermanus FynArts festival in June 2021. All other exhibitions this year will remain open for 3 – 4 weeks instead of the usual ten days of the festival.
Sculpture on the Cliffs – 2020: The first ten of this twelve-sculpture exhibition were installed and opened on Saturday 22 August. Professor
Jane Taylor presented the opening address.
The exhibition with the theme of Vertical Animal, was curated by Gavin Younge and comprises of works by Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, David Griessel, Collen Maswanganyi, Right Mukore, Nanette Ranger, Jaco Sieberhagen, Jake Michael Singer, Karin Lijnes and Site_Specific Land and Nature Art Collective. Because of the lockdown, two artists, Jean Theron Louw and Kevin Brand were unable to complete their work in time.
They will install their sculptures in mid-October.
FynArts Gallery is the venue for an exhibition of smaller works by the above artists. This was opened at the same time as the Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition.
Creative Collection, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, curated once again by Liz Coates, will open in a pop-up gallery adjacent to the FynArts Gallery on Saturday 29 August. The exhibition will run concurrently with the small sculpture exhibition at the FynArts Gallery.
Beezy Bailey, Festival Artist for FynArts 2020 – Landing Stars is planned to open on Saturday 26 September, which follows a public holiday (Heritage Day) on Thursday 24 September. This exhibition is presented in association with the Everard Read Gallery.
A recorded interview by Frank Kilbourn is available on the FynArts YouTube Channel. This interview took place in Beezy’s home and studio.
A number of other exciting FynArts festival events will take place over the weekend to coincide with the opening of Beezy’s exhibition. The programme will include a number of special exhibitions in galleries that signed up to participate in FynArts 2020. In addition, a number of arts related workshops, talks and other events are scheduled to take place over this weekend.
When the original FynArts festival had to be cancelled in its usual form this year, it was re-created into FynArts Select 2020 – an extended programme of online events. Since July events have been offered twice a week via a number of social media platforms. FynArts Select events will also be presented over a number of weekends towards the last quarter of the year – the first being the long weekend of 26 September, concurrently with Beezy Bailey’s exhibition.
To sign up for the FynArts newsletters and find out more about the programme for FynArts Select @ Home as well as FynArts Select @Weekends please go to hermanusfynarts.co.za or call Chantel Louskitt on 060 957 5371. Recordings of past events are available on the FynArts YouTube Channel.