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Jill Trappler

b. 1957 Benoni, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town.

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


2020: Canvas Workshop residency at Zeitz Mocaa with Lionel Davis and Garth Erasmus.
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


2019: Reverberations, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2019: Stoep, South exhibition.
2016: Cape Town Art Fair, Seippel Gallery.
2016: That Art Fair, Cape Town.
2016: Gallery Mojo, Dubai.
2016: Kim Sack Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016: Association for Visual Arts gallery, Cape Town.
2016: Irma Stern Gallery.
2015: The Association for Visual Arts 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.
2009: Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: Joe Wolpe selects, Jill Trappler’s work, Association for Visual Arts, 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, Cape Town.
2006: Kwazulu Natal Association of Arts gallery, Durban.
2003: Bellville Art, Cape Town.
2003: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2002: Bag Factory Gallery, Johannesburg.
2001: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2000: Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, KZN.
1999: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1997: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1995: Prime Art Gallery, Cape Town.
1995: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1990: Gallery International, Cape Town.
1990: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019: Nel gallery, Cape Town.
2018: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2018: Greatmore Sheet.
2018: Africa Nova.
2018: Artvark.
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, 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; 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: 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: Summer School, University of Cape Town.
2009: 2015 ArtSauce studios.
2014: Summer School, University of Cape Town.
2013: Part time lecturer Michaelis art school, University of Cape Town.
2012: Summer School, University of Cape Town.
2011: Philani employment project.
2010: Drawing project. Ruth Prowse School of art, Cape Town.
2010: Summer School, University of Cape Town.
2009: Summer School, University of Cape Town.
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. 
2000 to 2004: Summer School, University of Cape Town.
2000: Zurich Workshop for Peace movement.
2000: Cape Town South African National gallery Annex. 
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, Association for Visual Arts.
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 Cape Town.
2014/2015: Re looking at Echo shelter 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.
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