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"Carnegie Art Gallery"


The Carnegie Art Gallery, is a public Art Museum situated in the CBD of Newcastle, adjacent to the Municipal Gardens. Its collection includes contemporary paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fibre art, beadwork, weaving and wooden carvings by critically acclaimed and recognised South African artists. A unique and valuable collection of African Art and Zulu material cultural objects has also been accumulated.

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Isiphetu Products      NS Magwasa      Jeremy Wafer - Mound

                                   Isiphethu Products                             NS Magwaza                          Jeremy Wafer - Mound

It holds regular temporary exhibitions and art events such as Newcastle’s Art in the Park. It has an active outreach programme and it organises workshops on a variety of practical craft skills. Isiphethu is an example of its success in this field and the embroidered works by members of this group are sold through the Gallery Shop.

The shop has a wide variety of other items for sale including Zulu beadwork, gemstones, object d’art, traditional Zulu beer pots and items made from waste materials such as telephone wire and papier mache.

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Sleeping Serpent by Walter Oltmannl      Newcastle Crest      Zulu Isidwaba

               Sleeping Serpent by Walter Oltmann                            Newcastle Crest                                    Zulu Isidwaba

The Gallery also organises visits to the three townships around Newcastle. On these participants learn about contemporary and indigenous art; craft skills, architecture and Zulu attire. A visit is paid to a practicing Sangoma where an introduction is given into traditional medicine and healing techniques.

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Township Tours     

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The building was built in l915 with funds received from the Carnegie Foundation. It is a National Monument and its architecture is in the Victorian Classic Style. All the original features have been retained and it is situated in the oldest quarter in town.

Visiting hours are Tuesday to Friday 0900 – 1700; Saturday 0900 – 1200.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays


Carnegie Art Gallery

034 3287622

                    Photographs and Information Courtesy of Carnegie Art Gallery | Newcastle | KwaZulu Natal