Sisonke Gallery -

Sisonke Gallery

The gallery was created to promote & uplift local artists. Sisonke means "togetherness" and this is our aim - to form relationships with artists and be a platform to showcase meaningful works within our space.

    "An object made with skill, craftmanship and deep intent forever reflects a moment in history. The artworks in this collection were culturally significant and their loss is not only felt on an individual level, but as a deep regret on behalf of the world."
Meet the artist - Tamlin Blake

Tamlin is a South African mixed media artist and holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the university of Stellenbosch. She has exhibited extensively at home and abroad, has had eight solo exhibitions to date and is an associated artist with the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg. Tamlin is also the Chief Curator for the Spier Arts Trust. In her mixed media artworks, Tamlin explores the boundaries between fine art and weaving, sewing and beading. She is interested in what constitutes and underpins each individual’s sense of belonging and identity. This can be seen in the interplay of influences in her recycled newspaper tapestries, which visually and conceptually explore how stories weave themselves around us. In 2020, there was a devastating fire at a home in the Winelands. The fire decimated a large portion of the house as well as the extensive, well- loved art collection housed there. In some cases, all that was left of paintings on the walls were the metal hanging fixtures and stains where the oil paint had melted to the floor. This affected Tamlin deeply, as she was familiar with the collection and many of the works were by artist friends or artists that she deeply admired. After the fire, dozens of old fine China remnants were found amongst the debris. While working with these salvaged shards for this exhibition, the artworks grew into echoes of the objects they had once been. In their new form, they remind us not only of the impermanence if precious things but of the importance of appreciating thoughtfully made objects, their meaning and significance in the moments given to us. On show until 28 April

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