WSU Fine Art students to showcase their talent at the Grahamstown Arts Festival on Friday


WSU Fine Art students will mesmerise art enthusiasts with romanticised artistic impressions of rural South Africa at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival on Friday.

The aesthetically appealing spectaculars depict a postmodernist artistic impression of rural-meets-urban South Africa. 

Fine Art lecturer and coordinator Dee-Ann Leach says most WSU students are young black aspirants who come from the rural Eastern Cape and informal urban settlements and often reflect that part of their lives in their art.

“There is also this idea where the cold and hardship that come with growing up in rural areas is romanticised in their art, “Leach added.

Sitting on their fourth visit to the festival, art lovers can expect a wide spectrum of visual arts media, including print art by WSU BTech students, as well as paintings, drawings and ceramics by third-year students.

Third-year Fine Art student, Andisiwe Diko said the National Arts Fest is a great platform for students to learn.

“You see bigger artists and people you want to aspire to be,” she said. “To go to the National Arts Festival is a big deal for us. It’s very exciting.”

Andisiwe says her role model is a former lecturer, Mziwoxolo Makalima who has proved to be a hard worker and a great artist. She says Makalima had inspired her to grow as an artist.

“Having been taught by him, he would push you to your artistic limits. His expectations were very high and inspiring,” concluded Diko.

Makalima is also a WSU alumnus who has had numerous works exhibited at the arts festival and a gallery in Chicago, USA.