Exhibitions 2017

There are several exhibitions this year, taking place between the Normand Dunn Gallery, Raymond Slater Library, History Room, Campbell House and the Art Block.  Please read below for more information.
World Press  


RAYMOND SLATER LIBRARY, CENTENARY CENTRE Every year the World Press Photo Exhibition brings to a global audience the very best of photojournalism and visual story telling taken by the World's foremost professional press, news and documentary photographers. Each year the Exhibition travels to a 100 cities in 45 countries and is seen by an audience of over four million people. The exhibition is made up of the award-winning photographs from the World Press Photo Contest that is run according to a strict code of ethics that upholds best practice for press photography. For the 2017 Contest 5,034 professional photographers entered 80,408 photographs that were adjudicated by specialist juries from many of the World’s leading publications. The World Press Photo Foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. In 2017 KwaZulu-Natal based organization, Africa Media Online, has partnered with World Press Photo to bring the 2017 World Press Photo Exhibition to the Hilton Arts Festival. As a companion to the World Press Photo Exhibition, Africa Media Online will also be running the related DocuFest Africa mini-festival showcasing the work of leading South African photographers and curators.

A Significant Life  

A SIGNIFICANT LIFE: An exhibition of photographs of Nelson Mandela

NORMAND DUNN GALLERY, CENTENARY CENTRE With kind permission from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, photographer Matthew Willman reveals in intimate detail for the first time on South African soil one of the world’s foremost photographic collections on the life and times of Nelson Mandela. The exhibition details photographic works from Mandela’s birthplace, the infamous Rivonia Trial, life on Robben Island and private moments shared with Mandela during the last 10 years of his retirement. The exhibition is a community initiative managed by the MW Arts Trust.  “I want all South Africans to learn about Nelson Mandela, to experience through my images & stories what we overcame, what we achieved and the gift Mandela’s life and struggle gave to us in ensuring the protection and dignity of all human lives.”    Matthew Willman

Artisan Gallery  


CAMPBELL EXHIBITION Artisan Gallery is proud to display artworks from the best up-and-coming and established South African artists and craftspeople. Everything is hand-made and unique, nothing mass-produced. We firmly believe that is art is an investment in your quality of life.



CAMPBELL EXHIBITION We are a bookshop that has been located in the Cascades Centre for more than 10 years, stocking a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, local and imported. We stock the latest books and if we do not have what is requested, we will order it for you.  We have a wide range of children’s books, suitable for all ages, available. These include activity and picture books.  We stock school textbooks and order in for specific requests. Schools are able to place large textbook orders. We also supply books for school libraries as well as government libraries. Our prices are competitive and we strive for excellent customer service



THEATRE FOYER, CENTENARY CENTRE Presented by the Instituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria in partnership with the Association Fondazione Federico Fellini, Rimini Municipality, Dept of Culture of Emilia-Romagna Region. The exhibition is made up of 21 A1 prints by the iconic film maker in different periods of his career, not always with an explanatory purpose to illustrate scenes or costumes to his associates. Many drawings are from the famed The Book of Dreams, the oneiric diary Fellini wrote for about 30 years. It will be accompanied by a video screening. Food in the Cinema of Fellini, an editing by Guiseppe Ricci of the majority of sequences in Fellini’s movies in which food appears. Long Journey (1997), a short animation by Andrej Khrzhanovskij based on the Maestro’s drawings with screenplay by writer and poet Tonino Guerra.



MEMORIAL HALL FOYER The aim of this exhibition is to assist developing artists. It is supported by the Festival and curated by Allen Kupeta.  It has assisted many artists to become professional and to earn from their art. Allen has used the festival as a platform to hone his skills both as an artist and a curator.  His works now hang in many galleries, including the Green Gallery in KZN as well as in collectors’ homes throughout SA.  MUZI NDLELA first exhibited at Hilton in 2013 and has now emerged as a professional artist with work hanging in several galleries in SA, including the Totem Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. LINENI NYANDENI has his studio and exhibits at the BAT Centre in Durban and showcased his work in Switzerland last year. ALEX SHABALALA exhibits his ceramics, pottery and ink drawings at the festival.  The talented TERENCE MVELASE will be demonstrating his printing techniques that include dry point mono print BONGINKOSI NGCOBO will be exhibiting his vivid, colourful oil paintings.

Midlands Meander  


ART BLOCK Visit the Midlands Meander Experience at the Hilton Arts Block to get an idea of the wonderful arts and crafts and artisanal goodies available on the Midlands Meander. This is the oldest “meander” tourism route in the country founded by local artists. It has expanded and now offers accommodation, activities and arts. Get a free guide to the area and explore.

N3 Gateway  


CAMPBELL EXHIBITION The N3 Gateway Tourism Association, which covers sensational tourism destinations from Pretoria to Durban, Lesotho to KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, is excited to be hosting a stand at the Hilton Arts Festival. Creative crafters from the N3 route will be showcasing their craft. Here you will also find renowned photographer, Stephen Pryke, and his breathtaking destination-inspired coffee table books for sale, along with wintery warm woollen creations from Tsa Lapeng, and keeping it local, Senzakahle, will be showcasing their beautiful linen range along with locally made craft work.   The winning images from N3 Toll Concession’s previous Photographic Competitions will be showcased and entries will be available for the 2018 competition which, for the first time, will be presented by the N3 Gateway Tourism Association. Adults and students are welcome to enter their original camera and mobile phone imagery. Be sure to grab an N3 Gateway route map to discover events, accommodations, activities and foodie spots along the N3 Route for your next vacation. Come find us in the Crafter’s hall and purchase an N3 Gateway born item.

Out of Character  


THEATRE FOYER, CENTENARY CENTRE A Photography Exhibition by Harry Lock.  This year sees the return of this magnificent portrait exhibition. Photographer Harry Lock began the project in 2014 when he made portraits of the participants at the Hilton Arts Festival and exhibited the photographs at the festival the following year. This year visitors will be able to see the portraits made during the festival in 2016, as well as a selection of portraits from previous years. These spontaneous environmental portraits give the viewer a glimpse of the performers out of character and off stage. “I hope that these photographs will become a record of some of the actors, musicians, artists and the many people working behind the scenes to bring this event to the public every year.”

Strauss Online  


HISTORY ROOM, CENTENARY CENTRE Breaking news …. STRAUSS & CO online auction runs concurrently with the Hilton Arts Festival Strauss & Co are very excited to be promoting their September online auction at the Festival. The September online-only auction goes live on Friday 8th September and closes at 8pm on Monday 18th September. Strauss & Co will be showcasing a number of lots including, paintings, drawings, sculpture, beautiful decorative arts, jewellery, silver and porcelain. There will be something to tempt both young and old, new buyers and established collectors, from an extensive range of contemporary and historic artworks.  Visit the Strauss & Co stand where our art experts will be on hand to give information about the online buying platform, how to register to bid, historical information on the artists and different art techniques. The Strauss & Co team would also be delighted to offer free valuations at our stand for works of art, be they paintings, works on paper or sculpture. Browse unique items for sale online from Strauss & Co to find what you love.