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Jill Joubert

b. Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa, 1954. Lives in Cape Town

Jill Joubert is an artist, puppeteer and teacher. She is a former founding member of the Handspring Puppet Company and former principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre (formerly the Frank Joubert Art Centre). Working predominately in wood her artwork depicts an interest in sacred European and African Art as well as creation stories and folktales from around the world.

 

The Invasion by Stately Queens Come to Rescue Princesses Trapped in Four Impenetrable Towers

 

An Abandoned Saint and Other Forgotten Stories

 

Education

2013  Master of Fine Arts with Distinction (puppetry, sculpture and performance), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1991  Advanced Diploma in Fine Art (sculpture), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1990  Honours degree in History of Arts, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1976  Bachelor of Arts, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Solo Exhibitions

2018  An Abandoned Saint and other Forgotten Stories, SMITH Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2016  The Invasion by Stately Queens come to Rescue Princesses Trapped in Four Impenetrable Towers, SMITH Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2014  Apple Girl, MAFA Graduation exhibition at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Group Exhibitions

2017  Beyond Binaries, ICC Essence Festival in Durban; Durban Art Gallery; KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
2009  Staff exhibition, Frank Joubert Art Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
1995  Juggling with the Familiar, Centre for African Studies, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa
1992  Meditations, Iziko South African National Gallery, Touch Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1991  Keeping the Wrong Company, Woman’s Centre, Observatory, South Africa
1989  An Exhibition of Cape Town Puppeteers, Artscape Foyer, Cape Town, South Africa
1987  Exhibition of South African Puppetry, UNISA gallery, Pretoria, South Africa (curated by Handspring Puppet Company and Lucy Alexander)
1976  Touch Wood, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1974  Involvement, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Teaching

2014 - 2016  Visual Art, The Warhorse Education Project and The Kickstarter Project, KZN; Johannesburg and the Free State, South Africa
2013 - present  Creative Arts for Foundation Phase PGCE students, UCT Department of Education, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 - 2016  Puppetry, Handspring Trust, Net Vir Pret, Barrydale, South Africa
2010 - 2015  Visual Art, Ibhabhathane Project, Western Cape, Limpopo, KZN and Free State, South Africa
1998 - 2007  Visual Art and Design Method for FET. PGCE students, UCT Department of Education, Cape Town, South Africa
1997 - 2009  Principal, Frank Joubert Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
1997 - 2009  Co-founder, Ibhabhathane Project, South Africa
1984 - 1996  Art, Herzlia Middle and High School, Cape Town, South Africa
1977 - 1980  Art, Herzlia High School, Cape Town, South Africa

Writing

2009  Public Sculpture, Statues and Memorials in Cape Town, Paarl, Barrydale and George, commissioned by the WCED, this book was written to support FET Visual Art and Design teachers in the Western Cape
2008  The Other Side of the Street, commissioned by WCED to support FET Focus Schools of the Arts, this package engaged with alternative teaching centres: Polly Street in Johannesburg, Rorke’s Drift in KZN and The Community Arts Project (CAP), in Cape Town.
2006  An Introduction to African Art, a book written for both GET and FET teachers related to the exhibition, Picasso and Africa, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2005  Art on our Doorstep: A Meeting of Two Cultures, a package for both GET and FET teachers to engage with the Iziko Old Townhouse exhibition of Dutch painting of the 1600’s and the San/Bushman exhibition at the Iziko Natural History Museum

Other

2015 - 2016  Created and performed, The Tale of the Willow Pattern Plate, Rosebank Theatre, Cape Town; Barrydale and Magnet Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa
2014  Co-created and performed, Bokele and the Sun, Rosebank Theatre and Fringe Festival, Cape Town, South Africa
1995  Re-scripted, made puppets, performed and trained Afrikaans and Xhosa presenters, EDUMEDIA video(Western Cape Education Department)
1981 - 1983  Founder member, Handspring Puppet Company