Durban art picks: January 27 2012

The raucous photography ­exhibition, Hidden like a ­Cotton Mouth in the Woods, is ­showing at ­Durban’s cultish art gallery, and sometimes music venue, the ­Collective.

The group ­exhibition features South African social ­photographers who do not ­usually get a chance to have their work shown to a broader, fine art-loving audience. By social photography the gallery means “scenes of live bands, nocturnal mayhem and general debauchery”. Photographers with work on display include Chait Mackintosh, Kyle Edwards, Lara Lee Ries, Lisa Stayt and Gareth

The Collective, 48b Florida Road, on until February 11. Tel: 031 303 4891 or 082 711 4465. Website:

? One of South Africa’s most ­prestigious and lucrative art ­accolades, the Absa L’Atelier Art Awards, is now in its 27th year. The awards recognise and reward the skills, talent and imagination that exist in an extremely competitive and often challenging environment. They present a unique opportunity for ­artists to showcase their talent and to make themselves known for future opportunities. The theme for the 2012 call-to-action is Art Child — it is expected that artists will explore the analogy between ­creating a work of art and giving birth to a child.

The ­competition’s first prize is a six-month ­residency at the world-renowned Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. All entries must be submitted between February 27 and March 2 to artSPACE durban, which will thereafter exhibit the entries from March 5 to 24.

artSPACE durban, 3 Millar Road, off Umgeni Road. Gallery hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday. Tel: 031 312 0793 or 083 300 9804 Email: [email protected] Website:

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