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Jarrett Erasmus

Jarrett Erasmus is a former resident artist at Greatmore Artist’s Studios and a member of Burning Museum collective. He graduated with a BFA from Rhodes University (2011) and recently completed his Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017 where he currently lectures. Erasmus works in various media, focusing on current collaboration while thinking about post apartheid realities and its affects on the social dynamics between communities in South Africa as well as the diaspora.


2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts Rhodes University,Grahamstown
2005 - 2006 Visual Art, Craft and Design Certificate AMAC (Arts and Media Access Centre)
2003 – 2005 Cape Peninsula University of Technology Graphic Design

Projects and Exhibitions

2019  The Main Complaint, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
2018 Curatorial Care, Humanising Practices conference, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South
2018 Museum Dialogues conference, Goethe Institut, Windhoek, Namibia
2018 Kewpie, The Daughter of District Six, public art event in collaboration with Gay And Lesbian Memory in Action and District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
2016  Re(as)sisting Narratives, group exhibition, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
2016  Foundations and Futures, group exhibition, Bag Factory Arts studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013  TO LET – Centre For African Studies gallery
Co-Curator for the Till it Breaks exhibition at Greatmore Co-Curator for the Greatmore Showcase exhibition
Currency and Curiosity – Joule City
2012  Material Things – Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam
SAS – Bag Factory Group show, Johannesburg
2011  Mural Painting project at Community House, Salt River
2010  Plures Tectonicus (Many Mansions) – Graduate show
2009  Third
2006  Mural painting at Artscape Theatre, Cape Town

Workshops and Residencies

2014 Thupelo Artist’s Workshop, Cape Town
Arts Aweh Ambassadors programme (facilitator)
2013 Joule City: Visual and Aural Incubator
Resident artist at Greatmore Artist’s Studios
2012 Cyan Development Concepts creative development workshops (teacher)
NAFASI Art space: Visiting Artist Residency Through the lens: Drawing workshop
Bag Factory Artist’s Studios: Visiting Artist Residency
Thupelo Artist’s workshop 2011 Koekenaap Artists Workshop Participant and facilitator in visual arts workshop
Cyan Development Concepts community arts workshops
Artb Gallery/Bellville Library

Awards and Academic achievements

2013 Business and Arts administrative certificate
2012 David Koloane Award
2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Painting) Awarded the Masters Degree Scholarship

Employment history

2014 Infecting the City Festival High Schools programme
2013 – 2014 Researcher and Digital archivist at Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI)
2011 – 2012 Facilitator at Cyan Development Concepts community arts and creative development workshops
2009 – 2010 Intern at Artb Gallery Bellville