Visual art takes flight at Hilton Arts Festival

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2019 sees a huge increase in the number of participating artists as well as a diversity of exhibitions.

Andrew Walford
Andrew Walford

Over the past few years the number of visual artists exhibiting at Hilton has steadily increased. Conversations with the artists have strongly suggested to the Festival management that the Festival is widely regarded as the best event of the year in KZN for them.

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Not only will there be 90 individual artists at the Festival, but there will also be some top-notch exhibitions. The Festival is extremely honoured to host the Absa Pierneef and van Wouw exhibition – South Africa’s very own Old Master – and internationally acclaimed potter Andrew Walford’s Inspiration from Great Nature. Strauss & Co, auctioneers, invite members of the public to bring their artworks to be valued. You never know when you might own a valuable masterpiece!

Andrew Walford in his studio
Andrew Walford in his studio

This wide variety of work means that the appeal to art lovers is wide ranging. It is possible for people to come and look and appreciate, but, very importantly, it offers the opportunity for people to expand their art collections. Prices range from the affordable to the very expensive. There is something to suit everyone’s pocket and personal taste.

Art is exhibited in several areas. Be sure to see it all: in the Art Block, Memorial Hall, Grindrod Bank Theatre Foyer, Raymond Slater Library, Churchill and Bell Tower marquees. The Pierneef and van Wouw Exhibition can be found in the Absa Marquee, the Walford in the Normand Dunn Gallery and Strauss & Co in The History Room.

Entrance to the grounds of the Festival is free and there is no admission charge into any of the exhibition areas.

The Hilton Arts Festival, now in its 27th year takes place from 13 to 15 September in the grounds of Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg.

The full programme will appear in KZN copies of The Sunday Times on Sunday 11 August. Booking opens on 12 August, and the programme will be live on the festival website from the morning of 12 August. For more info visit www.hiltonfestival.co.za or contact the Festival Office on admin@hiltonfestival.co.za or 033 383 0127.

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in association with Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR, Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture, BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel, Martizburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.

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