Everything about the KZNSA supports its belief in inclusivity. Open to all, with every exhibition and workshop being free to attend, the gallery environment is airy, intimate, welcoming and convivial. It is very much a public space, connecting the street to the park with under-the-sky seating amidst indigenous acacia trees, and the contemporary architecture of the building itself providing a permeable, flexible and robust space to exhibit, work, learn and market.
Founded in 1902, the KZNSA is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s foremost contemporary galleries hosting artists of national and international stature, and reflecting the vibrant creative heart of the province. It is a not-for-profit, public benefit organisation committed to the promotion of contemporary arts and linked to an extensive network of national institutions that also promote and catalyze cultural change.
Fundamentally, KZNSA is an inclusive society where the public, fellow educators, students and artists gather to share their common interests in the unique space of the gallery.
In addition to exhibitions, some of which are curated by South African artists who debuted at the gallery and have gone on to achieve international acclaim, there are artist-led educational initiatives, an annual gallery member fair, as well as retail partnership opportunities.