Durban Art Gallery’s Red Eye project leaps ahead in 2010
Last edited: August 02, 2010
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Durban Art Galleryâ€™s Red Eye project leaps ahead in 2010
One of Business and Arts South Africaâ€™s newest members is the Durban Art Gallery - the force behind one of the most successful, multi-media arts collaborative projects in the country.
Known as â€˜Red Eyeâ€™, this unique project showcases work by choreographers, fine artists, fashion designers, DJâ€™s, performance artists, slam poets and musicians â€“ all of whom use the gallery space to create ephemeral work for one night.
The most recent â€˜Red Eyeâ€™ event took place in September 2009, under the theme â€˜Red Eye: Ready?". It featured music from the likes of Manuvah, Land, 340ml and Gazelle being played in the Durban Art Gallery, surrounded by artworks by Andrew Verster and photographs by Gille de Vlieg.
September 2010 sees the biggest and most ambitious Red Eye yet, in partnership with the Ethekwini Municipality. The latter is funding a collaboration between Red Eye and the Durban Jomba! contemporary dance festival to host the biggest arts party ever in Durbanâ€™s inner city. Also coming on board is Black Coffee, another Business and Arts South Africa member which is sponsoring light, sound and staging infrastructure to the value of R100 000,00.
This upcoming event has seen a record amount of new commissions: 45 artists - from all genres and drawn locally and internationally - are creating new work for this event which see Durbanâ€™s central area blocked off, becoming home to stages, a market, outdoor exhibitions, art installations and dance areas.
Says David Gouldie, Business and Arts South Africaâ€™s Durban representative, â€œWithout this type of synergy between organisations and members these type of events would never get off the ground.â€
Others supporting the September Red Eye and Jomba! Collaboration are Lottery, Zulu Jazz Lounge, Mr Price, the Dutch Embassy, Gateway Shopping Centre, Echo Bravo Design and Ice Models (another Business and Arts South Africa member).