The historic Cape Winelands town of Tulbagh is hosting a Spring Arts Festival over the weekend of 26–28 August 2011, celebrating the arts in all their varied forms. The festival also coincides with the spring wildflowers, which include several varieties of rare endemic bulbs that only flower in the Tulbagh valley. It is aimed at raising funds for the Tulbagh Community Gardens and Galgeheuwel Reserve initiative, which will create a public pleasure garden for the enjoyment of all in historic Church Street.
The Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival is headlining with the opening of the Christo Coetzee House Museum and Gallery (post renovation of the dilapidated barn, where Coetzee painted from 1973 until his death in 2000, and the Rhenish missionary house where he lived behind the studio.) For the duration of the festival the work of past, present and future masters of the valley will be on display.
Christo Coetzee is obviously our past master. The South African Encyclopedia says about Coetzee’s work: “He has broadened art in the sense that he contributed to the fading of the traditional boundaries between painting and sculpture and because he insisted on viewer participation in the creative process. As Marcel Duchamp is today known as the twentieth-century father of conceptualism, so Coetzee is the most important innovative artist in South Africa.” The exhibition of Coetzee’s work will also feature a collection of photographs by award-winning Cape photographer Jean du Plessis, entitled: “Christo Coetzee – The Tulbagh Years”.
Vasek Matousek is our present master. Resident in Tulbagh since 1975, Vasek exhibits from his extraordinary studio in the Winterhoek and will be demonstrating glazing techniques and Raku kiln firings.
Tulbagh-born Jannie Du Toit is our future master – young and talented. His early work reflects his Tulbagh roots, although he now lives and works in the city bowl of Cape Town.
For more information see Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival 2011