Brendhan Dickerson

b. Johannesburg, 1968. Lives in Switzerland.

Brendhan Dickerson’s satirical sculptures draw influence from politics and popular culture. He is particularly interested in interactive and kinetic sculpture.

Art Education

1995 Graduated with distinction, Masters in Fine Art (sculpture), University of Cape Town.
1991 Graduated with distinction, BA in Fine Art (sculpture), University of Cape Town.

Exhibitions (solo)

2007 Living conditioned, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2004 Suspended Disbelief, Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town.
1997 A Carnival Show, AVA, Cape Town.

Exhibitions (group)

2010 Recent and New Works, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2005 South African Art 1840 – Now, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town.
2000 Cast, Albertyn Stables Art Gallery, Simon’s Town. A Celebration for Bringing New Hope, Bell-Roberts Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.
1998 SA Sculpture Today, Oudtshoorn Festival.
1996 Four Young Artists, Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg.

Exhibitions (international)

2008 Myerson Fine Art, Menier Gallery, London. Paul Smith, Albermale Street, London.
2001 Fire-sculpture performance on the Rhine,Basel , during a three month residency in the IAAB International Artist Exchange Programme.
1998 Lifetimes: An exhibition of South African Art, Out of Africa Festival,Munich.
1995 International Exhibition of Art Colleges, Hiroshima.

Fire Sculpture Performances

2008 (untitled), launch of The Gordon Institute, Hiddingh Campus, University of Cape Town.
2007Succession Debate Art Seasons South Africa, Paarl. Later extended and performed in District Six, Cape Town as part of X-Cape; Cape 07 Biennial.
2005 Klein Karoo Kunstefees.From Father to Son Grahamstown Festival and Aard-Klop arts festival, Potchefstroom.
2002 With improvised trumpet and percussion, launch of the Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial.
2001 Diner’s Club Joubert Park Public Art Project, Johannesburg.


2006-2009: Sculpture Lecturer (part time), Fine Art Department, University of Stellenbosch.
2003 Arts and Crafts Instructor at the Estuary Centre, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland. Designed and implemented a ceramics programme for mentally handicapped adults.
2002 Guest lecturer, Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
1999-2000: Lecturer, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
1999 Not For Sale, a collaborative musical event at the Independent Armchair Theatre, Cape Town, featuring improvisations on wrought iron percussion sculpture. Accompanied by double bass.
1998 Contributed to Public Eye’s Heritage Day Public Sculpture Intervention Project: Caged stone lions at Rhodes Memorial, with metal scroll: From Rape to Curio.
1995 -1997: Lecturer, Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT.
1996 Consultant and facilitator to the “Sculptures in Wood” project, Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town.
1994 Mentor to craft development projects, Small Business Development Corporation, Cape Town.
1992 -1993 Co-ordinator, product developer and trainer, Montebello Design Centre, Cape Town.
1992 Established and ran a blacksmith’s forge, Montebello Design Centre.
[accordion title='Commissions'] 2008 The Gordon Institute.
2007 Art Seasons South Africa.
2005 Grahamstown Festival.
2002 Spier.
2001 Joubert Park Public Art Project.


1995 Merit Award, International Exhibition of Art Colleges, Hiroshima.


IDASA, South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Durban Art Gallery, Oppenheimer Collection, Wooltru, SAB Miller, Webber-Wentzel Bowens, Sandton Hilton, Vodacom, Old Mutual,J.P. Morgan.