The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg will hold an exhibition to remember the July Troubles

The looted Brookside Mall being rebuilt in Pietermaritzburg.

The Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, is holding a public participation exhibition where everyone affected by the Troubles is invited to participate and express their experiences and fears, as well as their hopes for the future.

This will be done through photographs, words or poetry. The public participation exhibition is organized by the Tatham Art Gallery with the aim of healing the community and recognizing its resilience and intrinsic humanity.

How to participate :


• Look through your photographs and identify images that tell a story or show the chaos, destruction and recovery from unrest in Pietermaritzburg in July 2021.

• Do not choose images that include identifiable people or car license plates involved in the looting.

• Print your photographs in A5 format. There is no limit to the number of submissions. The more submissions, the better.

• Digital Photo Express, Shop 15, Woodburn Square in Scottsville, has agreed to sponsor a special rate of R10 per A5 photograph printed as a submission for the exhibition.

Poetry and messages

• Write a comment, or a poem, or a message, on a sheet of A5 paper. It can be any response or reaction to how you were affected, how you felt, or how you survived the trauma.


• All entries must be dropped off at the Tatham Art Gallery no later than June 20 at 12:00 p.m.

• Works will be exhibited at the discretion of Tatham Art Gallery staff.

• Entries will not be returned after the exhibition, except by prior agreement.

• Contact or 033 392 2823 for more information, or to get more details on how to enter. — WR.

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