Friends visit: The Donald Greig Gallery and the bronze age foundry
Time: 11am to 12noon
Venue: meet at Donald Greig Gallery, 1 Coode Crescent, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Ticket: R100 for members; R120 for non-members; R50 for student non-members; R0 for student members.
Payment: EFT reference: Greig / your surname. EFT details at bottom of this mail
Bronze is such a classical art material that it’s easy to overlook that working with it is not only about the material it is also about the artisans who cast it. A visit to the Donald Greig Gallery and the Bronze Age Foundry is a rare opportunity to observe the casting process that takes an artist’s model and produces it into the finished artwork. The tour includes a dramatic pour, when molten bronze is poured into ceramic moulds.
The Bronze Age Foundry, including its predecessors, has been running for more than 20 years, casting bronzes for many of South Africa’s artists and designers. It specialises in both lost wax and sand casting processes. Seeing the different techniques as well as the works of different artists, with varying scales, patinas and textures, not to mention subject matters, is seeing the flexible possibilities of bronze.
The Donald Greig Gallery exhibits the work of Donald Greig, a well-known artist who works with bronze. He is probably best known for his sculptures which capture a moment of an African wild life, whether in repose or about to spring into action. The Gallery has been running for eight years. It recently moved to the Silo district of the V&A Waterfront; the associated Bronze Age Foundry is in the same complex.
office (021)481 3951
(082) 459 6225 [Jilly Cohen]
(083) 480 9189 [Phillippa Duncan]
The Friends of the Iziko SA National Gallery is a registered NPO:
Registered in terms of the Non Profit Organisations Act No 71 of 1997 No. 031-358 NPO
The Friends banking details:
Friends of the South African National Gallery Standard Bank Thibault Square Branch Code: 020909 Account Number: 071568085