The ELC Art and Craft Centre
Location: Rorke’s Drift off the R33 along the P190.
The ELC Art and Craft Centre has its origins in the midst of the Apartheid Era of the 1960’s. The missionaries associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church felt duty bound to improve the lives of the rural Zulu women and as such brought two artists from Sweden to come and impart their knowledge and expertise to a struggling black community.
Out of this extraordinary effort was the founding of an art school for black students – the only place where black artists could have formal training during the 60’s and 70’s. Many of South Africa’s most famous black artists such as John Muafangejo, Azaria Mbatha, Bongi Dlomo and Pat Mautloa were students at the ELC Art School.
As a legacy there now is a carpet weaving studio that produces some of the best carpets in South Africa, a silkscreening studio that produces original designs on cloth that reflect a Zulu culture and a pottery studio that is home to some of South Africa’s award winning potters. Their work is testament to the fact that European skills could be transferred into an African context and that a product could be developed that is essentially African.www.centre-rorkesdrift.com