Change in Directorship & Greetings for 2017
Fried Contemporary: News – new director, future plans and staff profiles
With 2017 already fast approaching the end of it second week, Fried Contemporary wishes to announce a change in management.
Dr David Thom has been appointed as the new director of the gallery. David’s arrival as director brings with it years of expertise in directorship, managerial and administrative overview, a keen eye for detail and most importantly, a passion for contemporary art. In his personal capacity David is a serious art collector with a lifelong interest in contemporary art. This bodes well for the gallery, its valued patrons and artists.
Certainly this means business as usual, but – more importantly – Fried Contemporary is currently in the process of refining and improving existing infrastructure, the daily operations and the aims and core values of the business according to his vision.
David states that: “I would like Fried Contemporary to remain a vital hub for the contemporary art community in Pretoria and in South Africa – a friendly, professional environment where our patrons will feel welcome, safe in the knowledge that we will do our best to provide the best services possible. I believe in excellence – whether this involves showcasing and exhibiting artworks by local and international artists, advising our valued patrons and artists, directing and redirecting operational dealings in the most efficient, professional manner possible, or engaging in socially responsible, ethical manner with our community. As Fried Contemporary continues to work towards a bright future, I am delighted to be part of this process. Moreover, I would like to invite all our stakeholders to share in this ongoing, unfolding journey.”
Ms Nolene Gerber is the Gallery Manager. Nolene’s presence and passion is central to the ongoing daily communications and operational functioning of Fried Contemporary. Since joining us in the beginning of 2016, Nolene has made a significant impact on the daily functioning of the gallery, restructuring financial and administrative processes, stock taking and related organisational protocols and infrastructure.
As many of you know from personal experience, Nolene is a welcoming, professional presence in the gallery, offering friendly and efficient assistance and in-depth advice to any visitor.
Ms Shenaz Mahomed is the curator and co-curator of exhibitions. Shenaz has been with us for two years and for the many gifted artists we exhibit, she remains a primary point of contact with the gallery. She is also the curator of our annual Young Collectors exhibition that seeks to bring attention to the work of emerging artist within a reasonable price bracket – making of the ownership of a good artwork a very real possibility for aspiring art collectors.
Shenaz is also an artist of growing reputation in her own right and is the recipient of the David Koloane Award 2016 prize at the Bag Factory, Johannesburg. Shenaz is currently completing her MAFA at the University of Pretoria where she also works part time as a tutor.
Dr Johan Thom (Senior Lecturer Fine Art, University of Pretoria) continues to provide curatorial, artistic and academic input in the exhibitions programme. An artist and academic with a globally recognised reputation for excellence, he holds a PhD from the Slade School of Art (UCL) on Commonwealth Scholarship.
Johan’s critical eye and creative intellect forms an indelible part of our ongoing programme. Whether curating exhibitions, communicating and sharing information with fellow artists, providing curatorial and strategic advice to the gallery staff, its artists and patrons, Johan is committed to making contemporary art accessible. Above all, he wishes to invite the public into the space of the artist’s imagination and their creative process whilst respecting the integrity of the artist and their work.
Genré Pretorius (part-time) is our very able artwork installer, handler and general all round support staff member. She is currently studying for her BAFA at University of Pretoria and we are proud to support her in whatever way possible. She is a key member of staff during the installation process and we respect and value her competence
Though not a member of staff, shareholder Liezl Thom advises on matters of communications, press and media relations. For many years she was the Pretoria correspondent for Eyewitness News as well as a regular fixture on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk. Currently, Liezl is working for ABC News (America) and co-hosts a show on Cliff Central.
Fried Contemporary prides itself on having these superb individuals involved in our business. We feel privileged to share in – and support – their ongoing development as a gifted dynamic individuals. We would like to thank our artists, patrons, visitors and the broader art community for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the gallery, whether you are just browsing, collecting art, or sharing a cup of coffee with our friendly staff.
Lastly, a message to all the wonderful artists that we have exhibited during the time since taking over Fried Contemporary now two years ago. You are the magic that fuels this entire enterprise. We exhibit your work because we believe in it. This remains the cornerstone of our business philosophy. We look forward to working with you again in future and will continue to support your work no matter where you may go in life.
Dr David Thom