This winter the UJ Art Gallery connects to the soil with Pauline Gutter’s new exhibition titled PRIMORDIAL that will be hosted from 9 June to 21 July 2021. Having lived on Free State farms for the better part of her life, Gutter has a deep connection with the soil. This innate relationship between the human psyche and the earth is beautifully reflected in the themes of PRIMORDIAL.

The opening on 9 June 2021 will take place virtually on the UJ Art Gallery’s innovative online platform MOVING CUBE and will feature a virtual walkabout with Pauline Gutter and Ashraf Jamal streamed from 18h00. 
 Growing in popularity the MOVING CUBE space offers audiences from around the country, and the world, a chance to discover and connect with new artists and their work.

Gutter is known for her monumental works addressing issues of power and land through the analogy of the unstable situation in the agricultural sector. She now focuses on universal themes of negligence, decay, and conflict: the duality of frugal survival versus the excessive waste brought on by exploitation of natural resources, but with the underlying hope of regeneration.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic no public opening events will be hosted at the UJ Art Gallery during 2021. A virtual walkabout with Pauline Gutter and Ashraf Jamal will be streamed online on 9 June 2021 from 18h00.  

CLICK HERE  to book your virtual seat or follow the live walkabout on the UJ Art Gallery’s Facebook page


The artworks can also be viewed by appointment for the duration of the exhibition on Wednesdays between 09:00 and 15:00.


CLICK HERE to book your in-person viewing appointment


Walkabouts will be hosted on Wednesday 7 and 21 July and Saturday 12 and 26 June and 17 July 2021 from 10:30 for groups of ten people.

CLICK HERE to book your walkabout appointment


The physical exhibition at UJ Art Gallery ends on 21 July 2021 while the 3D exhibition can be viewed on MOVING CUBE until May 2022.

DATES: 9 June to 21 July 2021
TITLE: PRIMORDIAL
ARTIST: Pauline Gutter
GALLERY HRS: Mon–Fri: 09:00 – 15:00
Closed weekends and public holidays
LOCATION: APK Campus, Cor. Kingsway/University Rd, Auckland Park
CONTACT: UJ Art Gallery: 011 559 2099 aedempsey@uj.ac.za