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Art lovers unable to enjoy the visual arts exhibitions during the 2022 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), now have the opportunity to see the acclaimed works of these world class artists on their computer or cell phone through a 3D virtual gallery.

The third KKNK Virtual Gallery will take art lovers through all the rooms of the Prince Vintcent building in Oudtshoorn, where the KKNK 2022 visual arts were exhibited. The Virtual Gallery is now available online until Sunday 5 June 2022 and, like the 2021 Virtual Gallery, this tour is completely user friendly.

“The past two years the KKNK has had great success with the Virtual Gallery. During the pandemic it was not possible to visit art galleries and the KKNK was proud of being able to create an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work during this time, and to have created the opportunity for art lovers to continue appreciating the arts and be able to acquire it,” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the KKNK.

“The previous two virtual galleries also garnered interest from around the world and some of the works were acquired by overseas clients. As we were able to host the KKNK exhibitions in Oudtshoorn, we have realised the value of making the work available not only to the South African public who were unable to attend the festival, but also to art lovers the world over.”

Dineke van der Walt, KKNK’s Visual Arts Curator, says she understands many people were unable to visit Oudtshoorn and enjoy all the art on offer, but says the art exhibitions were nonetheless very popular and well received.

“Since the festival opened the Tuesday [29 March], there were already a lot of visitors. A colleague even remarked he’d never seen such an accumulation of people! By the Saturday there were just as many visitors. We ended up with a larger group of people than when we started out – as we hosted the gallery tour, people kept wandering in and joining in.”

Every online exhibition is accompanied by a short statement about the exhibit providing the background and context about the work. Interested visitors are also spoiled with four short bonus videos: a documentary by Lieza Louw on the creative process of Karin Preller; a time-lapse video of the crochet arts project ReWOLusie, which depicts the 2010 Mary Sibande piece, Her Majesty Queen Sophie; Henrietta Scholtz’s Life and Time in Place; and Cloud Migration by Phumlani Ntuli.

Van der Walt says the free children’s art edutainment was also very popular. “At one stage we had more than 17 children in one hour participating in the art edutainment programme!

We packed out tables and chairs and it was wonderful that there were kids who didn’t really know art, so it was an excellent opportunity to introduce them to art – this kind of work is ‘eternal’ work."

Works that can be viewed online include that of Mary Sibande, Nkhensani Rihlampfu and Gregg Price; the popular Oudtshoorn-focused project, Karoo Kaarte, Prestik and Paper, as well as collections from the Absa Art Gallery; there is also work by Dirk Bahmann and Wayne Matthews, group exhibitions like Rich in Fibre, and Liewe Land! II – which was recently awarded the Fiësta prize for art – both of the latter under curatorship of Van der Walt

The work of Karin Preller is shown, and there is even a moss art piece by horticulturalist Marcia Visser. Visitors to the Virtual Gallery can also look forward to works of Ayobola Kekere-ekun, Franklyn Dzingai and The Mapula Embroidery Project, among many others.

All works are interlinked by this year’s Visual Arts theme: Unravel.

While some of the works that form part of the exhibition have been sold already, others are still available to prospective buyers. Enquiries about artwork can be directed to Van der Walt at dineke@vanderwalt.za.net.

The link to visit the Virtual Gallery is available at: https://kknk2022.kknk.co.za/virtuele-galery/. Use this link to access the accompanying pictures in high resolution: https://we.tl/t-BpTvn90fpl.

The KKNK is proudly sponsored by Absa, with support to the Visual Arts Programme from Business and Arts South Africa.