Eunice ‘Tshidi’ Sefako

b.1962, Smithville, Free State; d.2021

Eunice ‘Tshidi’ Sefako was one of a small number of Black South African women artists that emerged in South Africa during the 1980s. She was associated with the Community Arts Project (CAP) where she excelled in painting, printing and ceramic sculpture. Sefako taught art for many years, initially in townships under CAP’s Children’s Art Programme, and later on, for many years, to kids with intellectual disabilities.

Education


1985–1987: Community Arts Project (CAP), Cape Town.
1990: Course for Cultural Workers (setting up Community-based arts organisations), Community Arts Project (CAP), Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)


2022: When Rain Clouds Gather: Black South African Women Artists, 1940–2000, Norval Foundation, Cape Town.
2012: Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project archive, ArtB, Belville, Cape Town; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)


1990: Group Mural Painting, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.

Publications

2020: Mario Pissarra, "The Community Arts Project: legacies and limitations of an arts centre," Third Text Africa 12 (August 2020): 33–53.
2013: Mario Pissarra, "Uncontained? The constraints of ahistoricism in the ‘opening’ of the Community Arts Project archive at the Centre for Humanities Research," Third Text Africa 3, no. 1 (November, 2013): 56–85.
2012: Heidi Grunebaum and Emile Maurice (eds), Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project archive, (Cape Town: Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, 2012).
1989: Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, (New York: Rizzoli, 1989)

Cultural Work & Employment


late 1980s, early 1990s: Children's Art Programme, Community Arts Project, Cape Town.
1995: ‘mural’ commission from CAPAB (later Artscape) to serve as a fire curtain for opera stage (with Trish de
Villers, Sophie Peters, Xolile Mtakatya, and Matshabalala Mkonto)
Set Painting, Artscape Theatre, Cape Town.
Art Teacher, Athlone School for the Blind, Cape Town.
Art teacher, Molenbeek Special Education School, Maitland, Cape Town.

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