Photo of Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler

b. 1957 Benoni, South Africa

Jill Trappler has been a consistent exponent of non-representational art since the 1980s, as an artist and teacher. A stalwart of the Thupelo Project and Greatmore Artists Studios, she has been an influential presence in the South African art world and the Triangle Network.

Art Education


1975- 1979 Bill Ainslie, Johannesburg Art Foundation,
1975- 1978 UNISA, three years BA and FA subjects
Apprentice in various craft studios.

Workshops


2015 Triangle, New York
1996 Thupelo, Johannesburg (participant)
1997-2014 Thupelo, various regional and local workshops
1995 Uganda, participant and facilitator
1981-84 Community Arts Project (CAP), Facilitator

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2016 Irma Stern Gallery
2015 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2015 Canteen Gallery, Arts on Main, Johannesburg
2012 Knysna Fine Arts Gallery, Knysna, Western Cape
2010 SMAC, Stellenbosch
2010 Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg, Cape
2009 Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town
2008 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2008 Joe Wolpe selects,/em> Jill Trappler’s work for show at the AVA, Cape Town
2008
Abstract art in South Africa, SMAC. Stellenbosch.
2007 Bag Factory gallery, Johannesburg
2007 Studio exhibition, Orange Street Studios, Gardens, Cape Town
2006 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2006 Kwazulu Natal Association of Arts gallery (KZNSA), Durban
2003 Bellville Art, (Art B), Cape Town
2003 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2002 Fordsburg artist’s studio (Bag Factory Gallery), Johannesburg
2001 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2000 Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, KZN
1999 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
1997 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
1995 Prime Art Gallery, Cape Town.
1995 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
1990 Gallery International, Cape Town
1990 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions


2017 TAG: Celebrating Greatmore and Thupelo
2016 Cape Town Art Fair
2016 Bag factory, Johannesburg
2016 Turbine art fair, Johannesburg
2016 The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2015 Artvark gallery, Cape Town
2015 An Awareness of trees, Art Sauce. Cape Town
2015 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
2014 Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town
2013 Imibala Gallery. Somerset West, Western Cape
2013 Cape Town Art Fair (INC) , Cape Town
2013 Johannesburg Art Fair/Seippel gallery, Johannesburg
2012 Cape Town, Casa Labia Gallery
2012 Vulnerable Landscape. Prince Albert festival, Western Cape
2012 Johannesburg Art Fair/Seippel gallery
2011 Johannesburg Art Fair/Seippel gallery
2011 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
2010 Waters/Vasia, Cape Town, Durban Art space Gallery, JHB Bag Factory
2010 End Conscription Campaign. Stellenbosch, Spier Gallery
2010 These four walls. Cape Town
2010 Greatmore street Gallery. Cape Town
2008 SMAC. Stellenbosch
2008 Seippel Gallery, Johannesburg
2007 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
2005 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
2004 Strangers. Cape Town
2004 time, memory, desire. Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
2002 The Mythic Image ART B, Cape Town
2001 Brain storm. The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2001 3/3. The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
2001 Spirit of the place. The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town
1996 Michaelis School of Fine art, University of Cape Town
1996 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
1995 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
1991 Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
1988 FUBA Gallery. Newtown, Johannesburg

Selected Group Exhibitions (International)

2015 workshop exhibition. Salem, New York
2011 Waters/Vasia, Finland
2009 Lessedra contemporary art projects, Bulgaria
2009 7th British international mini print exhibition, England
2008 Lessedra contemporary art projects, Bulgaria
2008 Busan Biennale, Korea
2007 Lessedra contemporary art projects, Bulgaria
2004 Strangers. New Zealand
2004 Strangers. Canada
2002 Spirit of the place, Wales
1999 Workshop exhibition. Uganda, Kampala.
1998 Selected artist show at Munich Book Fair. Switzerland
1994 Switzerland, Munich

Teaching and Lecturing


2015 UCT Summer School
2009 /2015 ArtSauce studios
2014 UCT Summer School
2013 Part time lecturer Michaelis art school, UCT
2012 UCT Summer School
2011 Philani employment project
2010 Drawing project. Ruth Prowse School of art. Cape Town
2010 UCT Summer School
2009 UCT Summer School
2008 Cape Town, Orange street open studios
2006 Occupational Therapy Department, Groote Schuur Hospital
2003 Cape Town, Orange street open studios
2005 Cape Town South African National gallery Annex. Part time classes
2000 to 2004 UCT Summer School
2000 Zurich Workshop for Peace movement
2000 Cape Town South African National gallery Annex. Part time classes
1998 Pietermaritzburg, KZN Tatham Gallery Workshop for local artists
1981 to 1984 Cape Town, Private studio and CAP
1977, 1976 (FUBA) The Federated Union for Black artists
1977, 1976 Johannesburg Art Foundation
1977, 1976 Johannesburg School for Autism
1977, 1976 Johannesburg, Newtown Indian primary school

Coordinating


2015 Thupelo celebration/ auction/exhibition
2015 An awareness of trees, exhibition at Art Sauce
2014/2015 Coordinating admin for Thupelo art project
2010/2012 Group exhibition at the Spanish Ambassadors’ Residence, Cape Town
2007 Triangle Africa Arts Trust conference in Cape Town
1998 Trans figurative exhibition, AVA
1995 Launch of Greatmore street Studios project
1986 Thupelo International Art Workshop Project
1980 Co-founder Thupelo Cape town workshops

Consultancy


2015/2016 “The assembly;” a Thupelo initiative for the Triangle network in CT
2014/2015 Re looking at Echo shelter project. Meeting regarding establishing a multimedia project
2010 Philani employment project
2009/2010 Echo shelter project. Coral, crocheting project
2009 Real stories gallery website; HIV in the SADAC region
1997 Switzerland for Pro Helvetia; studio exchange programs
1991 Cape Town Exhibition coordinator. Valkenburg hospital at UCT

Research


2007 Appointed to attend a donors meeting in Amsterdam, Arts Collaboratory 2012/2014 Publications x 3
Mike Gardiner, (Bill Ainslie) Robert Loder, (various local artists) Bag Factory; Greatmore
2007 Research and interviews for book about Bill Ainslie
2006 Documentary video on GMS and Thupelo
2005 Research and interviews for book about Bill Ainslie

Studio Employment


2015 Revived Intle craft initiative
2008 Cape Town Philani nutrition clinic, Greatmore street studios
1998 Cape Town Philani nutrition clinic, Greatmore street studios
1996 Cape Town Facilitator De Lorentz Clinic
1995 Cape Town Facilitator De Lorentz Clinic
1995 Cape Town Established art studios at Valkenburg hospital
1987 Cape Town Flagship, printmaking Employment project, Crossroad
1981 Hannes Hares, weaving studio Cape Town
1981 Philani Nutrition Clinics Crossroads and Khayelitsha.
1980 Established the Intle weaving co-operative, Crossroads. Cape Town Establishing the Wolani papier-
mâché project for HIV
1980 Devon UK. The Care Village; art/craft studio facilitator - London; Adult Institute Islington
1976 Professional weaver for Peter Solaris, Helen de Lieu plus private Clients
1975 Professional weaver for Peter Solaris, Helen de Lieu plus private Clients
1978 Baragwaneth hospital, Soweto, (occupational therapy department)
1977 Baragwaneth hospital, Soweto, (occupational therapy department)
1976 Baragwaneth hospital, Soweto, (occupational therapy department)

Committees


2007-2014 Board member of Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg
2009 Chair of Africa region Commonwealth Foundation awards
2007 Selection panel, Commonwealth foundation awards
2002 Appointed to the Board of the National arts Council
1996-2009 Trustee and committee/founder member: Greatmore Street Studios
1996- 2007 Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town
1988-on going Coordinator of the Thupelo workshops Cape Town

Collections


Various private, locally and abroad;
Corporate and public collections including:

South African National Gallery (SANG)
Vodacom
SABC
Investec
Nandos UK
University of Cape Town
Spier Foundation
Creative blocks

Publications


Making art in Africa 1960–2010 by Polly Savage (Editor), Robert Loder, John Picton, Anthony Caro. Published by Lund Humphries , 2014