SculptX 2019 – A Celebration Of Art At Melrose Arch

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SculptX 2019 – A Celebration Of Art At Melrose Arch

The third edition of SculptX, the largest annual sculpture fair in South Africa, has returned to Melrose Arch until 29 September 2019.

Hosted by The Melrose Gallery, SculptX features more than 200 spectacular artworks created by about 90 established and emerging sculptors. The sculptures are showcased in numerous indoor and outdoor spaces throughout Melrose Arch, including The Melrose Gallery; Daytona Showroom; Stanlib; African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection Hotel; Letsema Holdings; One on Whiteley; the retail Galleria; the Square; the Piazza; High Street and other public spaces.

SculptX was formed by The Melrose Gallery, in association with Melrose Arch, to provide a valuable platform to promote sculpture and sculptors to those who live, work and play in the precinct, as well as art collectors and enthusiasts in general.

Participating artists include such notables as Noria Mabasa, Willie Bester, Pitika Ntuli, Vusi Khumalo, Wilma Cruise, Gordon Froud, Adejoke Tugbiyele and Strijdom van der Merwe.

Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike, the curators, considered more than 350 works, narrowing it down to just more than 200 sculptures for showcase this year. These come from different cities throughout South Africa and include numerous mediums ranging from bronze, steel, found objects and stone to wood, crystal, glass, grass, fibre glass, carbon fibre and even virtual reality.

“This fair is quite an assault on the senses, but in an extremely stimulating and positive way. To see so many sculptures in one area, representing so many different media and styles, is rare and has proved extremely popular, consistently attracting a large crowd of artists, art collectors, art enthusiasts and media alike”, says Craig Mark, director of The Melrose Gallery.

SculptX is accompanied by the Sculpture Dialogues, which comprise panel discussions involving experts who will discuss issues of pertinence to sculpture in Africa.

“We have put much effort into sourcing female and young artists from previously disadvantaged communities to give them the benefit of this valuable platform, as they are often overlooked and underrepresented in this genre”, says curator Megan Theunissen.

“Education also plays an integral role in SculptX, both for emerging sculptors who have the opportunity to hone their practice and to learn from so many different mediums and styles, and the public by making sculpture more accessible”.

“SculptX is a testament to the increasing number of talented sculptors who are working with a diversity of materials, new mechanisms and technologies that are testing their production and creativity, the growing demand for sculpture from local and international collectors seeking powerful Pan-African narratives and a desire to encourage the continued growth of the genre within South Africa and the African continent at large”, adds curator Ruzy Rusike.

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