Women’s Exhibition

The 9th August 2019, we will celebrate the National Wonen’s Day. For this occasion, the Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth dedicated his next exhibition to women. 


PHOTOGRAPHIES by the International Women Photographers Association (IWPA).

The IWPA promotes women photographers by highlighting and exposing their practices and talents to an international audience. 
The IWPA Award and the promotion of exhibitions are the main ways to achieve it. 
The Association serves an important missions : To encourage and support women photographers on the path of reaffirming their personal voice and practice.

The objectives are to : 
– Promote the diversity of women photographers coming from different traditions, culturels and religions.
– Reveal to the public a new selection of photographic expression. 
– Expose the various testimonies of a global society

SCULPTURES by Sarah Walmsley 
Sarah Walmsley graduated with her Master’s in Fine Art Sculpture in April 2018, following her BTech in Fine Art Sculpture (cum laude) at Nelson Mandela University. Walmsley’s work offers a new approach to the sculptural female nude. Her emotive sculptures gracefully bear the weight of their experience as they silently communicate with each other and their viewers. Her preferred subject matter of the female body, often explores self-portraits as her primary reference point is her body. She creates her explorative figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, kiln-formed glass and resin. 

Through the body language and essence of her sculptures combined with the mediums in which they are created, she aims to visually portray absence and presence using the body as an allegory. This is set within a narrative of personal memory. Walmsley believes that the body is a uniting factor for all of us and individually, our bodies contribute to the ways in which we understand the world. Her work also addresses the ways in which the naked female body has been voyeuristically represented in art and aims to reclaim the female nude, through representations of ‘naked nudes’ by a female artist.


Thursday 8th August 2019
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Free Entrance 

Duration of the exhibition : 
From 8 to 30 August 2019
Free entrance

The Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth 
17 Mackay Street, Richmond Hill
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
☎ 041 585 7889

Seeking Love Exhibition – Banele Khoza

Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth and the Bird Street gallery are proud to present you the Seeking Love Exhibition by 2017 Gerard Sekoto winner Banele Khoza on 1 August 2019.

The exhibition will run until 21 August 2019 at the Bird Street Gallery

Banele Khoza (1994) is a Swazi-born and South African-based visual artist. He first enrolled at the London International School of Fashion in Pretoria, but soon realized his passion was in the Fine Arts realm. Khoza holds a BTech in Fine Arts from Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.
In 2017 he won the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award and with it a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris with the IFAS Culture. His solo exhibitions include Temporary Feelings at the Pretoria Art Museum (2016); Lonely Nights at Lizamore Gallery (2017), LOVE? at Smith Studio in Cape Town (2018), Seeking Love at Absa. Gallery (2019). Khoza also headlined the solo exhibition titled LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza as part of the Curatorial Lab at Zeitz MOCAA (2018). Khoza opened his studio and gallery in Braamfontein; BKhz. Where he offers space to other emerging artists and curators (2018).

This collection of works reflects the complex nature of love, how important it is to acknowledge the hearts’ desires and to also learn self-love – which he wants people to walk away from the exhibition thinking about.

“This exhibition is an open love letter to whoever is
watching or reading my work – also to God/All/The
universe. I am confessing that I am ready, and I am
letting go of the search.» said Khoza about ”Seeking Love”.


Join us for the first Chanson Française Competition in Port Elizabeth. Candidates are competing for a chance to win tickets to visit Paris, France !

Come see the Port Elizabeth competition, and help us judge the best performances ! Candidates selected will then go on to compete at the final in Johannesburg ! So it’s going to be filled with drama and excitement ! Do not miss!

The competition

It’s really easy: First of all, it’s free! You just have to sing a song in French, from any French speaking country!

What are the prizes?

The first prize is a flight to Paris! The second prize is a free semester to learn French and the third prize is a lunch at a fine French restaurant.

Who can perform? 

The competition is open to everyone older than 18, even to French-speakers. The criteria that will be assessed are the following: singing in tune, rhythm, pronunciation, interpretation, stage presence, and originality.

How do I register?

First read the Terms & Condition ! Fill in the online registration form Here and submit it (remember to upload a mp3 of you singing a song in French) if you need extra information, or wish to submit your candidacy by email, please contact communication@pe.alliance.org.za, the cut off date is September 21st 2019.

Selection of the artists – regional final – national final

A jury will select 12 artists out of all the registered candidates. The candidates will be informed of their selection and rehearsals will follow with our band in preparation of their performance on stage on the Friday 25th October.

The winner will perform for the national final in Joburg, with all the other South African candidates at a future date. Winners stand a chance to win tickets to Paris, France.