Art in the park is a premier outdoor art selling exhibition where artists exhibit and sell their work directly to the public, making it one of a handful of selling exhibitions where buyers and the public are able to rub shoulders with the artists themselves.
The exhibition was founded in 1962 and is owned and organised by the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association.
Long-standing exhibitor Mat Louwrens was among other artists and officials that supported the move from Alexandra Park. Louwrens, who has been exhibiting since 1980, explained that the camaraderie, family feeling and fantastic vibe was all part and parcel of why artists kept returning to exhibit in Pietermaritzburg.
Kevin Palium, Creative Arts CEO, said they were proud to be associated with the Art in the Park exhibition.
“The event is one which has great potential. We are happy to commit skills and resources so that it becomes an ultimate art festival that stimulates art appreciation, art as a career, as well as art as a medium to unify a nation,” said Palium.
Newly elected Msunduzi Tourism Chairman Lwazi Nsele saw the move to the Botanical Gardens from the deteriorated Alexandra Park was bold but a positive one.
“The new venue will deliver to all expectations, grow numbers and partnerships,” said a confident Nsele, who recently took over the position from the long serving Bunny Bhoola.
Msunduzi Speaker Babu Baijoo, speaking on behalf of Mayor Chris Ndlela, congratulated Msunduzi tourism for their continuous engagement with Arts in the Park and the artists involved.
Baijoo added that the departure of Art in the Park from its old venue did not mean the end of the Alexandra Park’s value as the municipality was in the process of redeveloping the area into a world-class sport’s precinct.