The Prince Albert Art Festival

In honour of the Prince Albert Gallery’s 10th anniversary and the town’s 250th birthday, more than 30 of South Africa’s renowned visual artists will be participating in PArt, Prince Albert’s first art festival. Hosted in venues around the historic village from 28-30 September 2012, PArt investigates the theme 'The Vulnerable Landscape'. Artists will explore all aspects of landscape including interiors, the mind, the veld and urban renewal and destruction. There will also be a strong focus on the vast landscapes of the Karoo, now increasingly threatened by climate change and resource exploitation. Mary Anne Botha, Prince Albert Gallery co-director, explains: 'The arid Karoo is vulnerable to climate change and human intrusion. Water for food and settlement is scarce. Fossil water held in deep aquifers is irreplaceable.' An exhibition featuring the local Karoo artists’ response to these threats will form part of the festival. In addition to the work of local painters, photographers, ceramicists, print-makers, land artists and sculptors, art lovers can look forward to new work by prominent artists like David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Hylton Nel and Hermann Niebuhr. Other artists exhibiting include Standard Bank Artist of the Year 2012 Mikhael Subotzky, internationally celebrated Philip W. Badenhorst and land artist Strijdom van der Merwe. Running alongside the exhibitions, workshops will be on offer by photographer Louis Botha, Jill Trappler and reduction woodblock printmaker Joshua Miles. The town’s recreational cooking school, African Relish, will have a special weekend cooking course with Jacques Erasmus of From Palate to Palette and artist JP Meyer. JP Meyer also joins paleontologist Judy Maguire for lectures in the evenings. Those not wanting to partake in the cooking course can dine at one of a number of other restaurants around the village who are hosting special dinners with the artists. For an up-to-date list of exhiiting artists, visit To book accommodation in Prince Albert, visit Text: Bianca Packham