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  • Tacit

    Tacit

    Thu, Jan 12, 2017

    Event: Tacit

    When:  21 January to 26 February 2017

    Opening: Saturday, 21 January at 11:00

    Where: North Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum

    Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia 

    Tacit, a group exhibition acknowledging 20 years of collaboration and reciprocity at Dionysus Sculpture Works' studio and foundry, will be on show at the Pretoria Art Museum from 21 January to 26 February 2017. Elani Willemse will curate the exhibition.


    Tacit knowledge is personal knowledge attained through creativity. As such it cannot be easily vocalised or instructed. Through hands-on experience, sharing and implicitly guiding one another, artists harness and refine their skills to reach a level of sensitive technical proficiency. This know-how is the undercurrent that flows through the collective called Dionysus Sculpture Works (DSW).

    Now 20 years old, DSW finds itself in a constant state of development, growing and maturing with every project produced within it. Its contemporary and fluid work ethic allows for change and progress and is indicative of its relationship with artists, former and current.

    Tacit commemorates the collective of artists who have been affiliated with the studio since its establishment in 1996 by the sculptor Angus van Zyl Taylor. It first functioned as a finishing school for young aspiring sculptors, and artists had the opportunity to be mentored and to hone their skills in the studio. The integration of artists and the opportunity to work with knowledgeable sculptors have been of paramount importance for tacit learning in the studio.

    Today the studio serves as a creative hub where artists and sculptors alike can come together in an interactive space to share and grow as contemporary creatives. Although DSW continues to evolve in size and technological equipment, its ethos of respect for materials and the pursuit of knowledge in the tacit form remain. 

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