Enri Kums (Henry Coombes)

b. Mauritius 1948.

Enri Kums (aka Henry Koombes/ Coombes) is an artist and illustrator. A self-taught artist, his artworks deal directly with themes of sexuality and death, with a strong homo-erotic focus.

Art Education



2000 Millennium Exhibition, Mauritius
1998 Sequences 3, MOBAA Caudan Waterfront, Mauritius
1998 Art in the world, Paris
1998 Seychelles Biennale
1997 New Delhi Triennial, India
1997 African Suite, Convent of the Cordeliers, Paris France
1996 Novante Nova Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996 Unparalleled at Kums, La Fabriks, Marseille, France
1996 L’Etoile Noire Salle Clément Ader, Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius1970 First exhibition, Max Boullé Gallery, Rose-
1993 Art Contemporain en Francophonie, Port-Louis, Mauritius
1993 Centre Wallonie, Bruxelle, Belgium & Paris, France1992 Esta Novo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992 Maison Créole d’Eureka, Mauritius
1992 The Group of Nine, Port Louis, MauritiusHill, Mauritius
1989 Maison Créole d’Eureka, Mauritius1984 Cultural Center Charles Baudelaire, Rose-Hill, Mauritius
1988 Black Bull Gallery Fulham Road, London, UK
1986 Hélène de Senneville Gallery, Mauritius
1985 Cadre Noir, Reunion


1995 Concours de Beats (with Dominic Larrivaz), Merlan Theater, Marseille, France
1995 Musical comedy Mokko, Whiting Theater, Marseille, France
1994 Musical comedy Mokko (sets, costume, actor), Port Louis Theater, Mauritius

Childrens books

1998-present Creator and illustrator a series of children’s books entitled The Adventures of Tikoulou

Patricia de Villiers

b 1950, Cape Town

Patricia de Villiers is an artist, illustrator and designer. She has been active as a cultural worker since the early 1970s contributing to various community organisations including the Community Arts Project in the 1980s.

Born nearly 66 years ago in Cape Town of an Afrikaans father and an English mother.

Schooled in numerous places and received an education (of a sort) in fine art at what was then the Johannesburg College of Art, primarily dedicated to the production of ‘commercial artists’, teachers and, above all, industrial designers.

Fled the miseries and artificialities of apartheid in the early 1970’s to study and then practice stage design in London. Drawn by Marxism and Feminism I joined a touring theatre company that made plays ‘with and about’ the trade union movement and drew its inspirational roots from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil as well as the folk tradition of the broadside ballad.

Post 1976, I resolved to return to South Africa, and decided that my most practical contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle was to become a printer. I then learnt the trade (with limited success) at a Cooperative Press where I learned in particular to throw large reams of paper up the stairs. I was also schooled in the politics of the ANC but was finally (I thought shamingly) advised that I was ‘probably most suited to cultural work’.

I returned to Cape Town in the early eighties and soon discovered that the local printing trade did not accommodate white female offset litho machine operators. However, after a period back in theatre with the People’s Space, I was introduced to the Community Arts Project at a serendipitous moment  – just after the Gaborone Arts Festival when the assembled artists poets and performers were buzzing with excitement and resolve.

Joined and remained for 10 years with the Silkscreen Workshop aka Poster Workshop aka Media Project. After a quiet beginning, with the launch of the UDF and thereafter until the end of the decade, the workshop became a production line for hand-printed posters, banners and T-shirts, enthusiastically, if somewhat wildly, produced by youth groups, civics and community organisations of various affiliations. Our efforts to move with the times and become a training centre rather than a ‘service organisation’ never quite took off – the prescience of IBM in showering computers across the liberation movement meant that our methodologies and love of the silkscreen took on a quaint and nostalgic aspect.

After the birth of my daughter (in the nick of time, given my age) I turned to illustration, poster making and cartoon strips for both adults and children. This enjoyable, poorly paid, and, at times, lonely and apparently irrelevant, occupation was followed by an opportunity to work in the newly designed provincial health department. Here I spent 15 years striving to fit my rough round peg into the infinitely square, finely chiseled and intellectually challenging hole that is the health sector.

These days I am busy oiling my rusty artistic cogs with a view to doing, full-time, what I think I do best and certainly love the most – drawing, painting and making things with my hands.


1990 Advanced Diploma in Adult Education (Distinction)
Centre for Adult & Continuing Education (CASE), University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
1981 Certificate in Reprographics (day-release), London College of Printing, London, United Kingdom.
1973 Theatre & Costume Design (certificated, I year course), Sadler’s Wells Design School, London.
1972 National Diploma in Fine Arts (Distinction), Johannesburg School of Art, South Africa.


1997-2012 Deputy Director: Health Promotion, Western Cape Health Department.
1989-1997 Various projects with Community Arts Project
Posters, illustrations to support the ANC electoral campaign (voluntary)
1982–1989 Founder member and later Project Coordinator of Community Arts Project (CAP) Poster Workshop, later the CAP Media Project.
Stage Management & costume design for People’s Space Theatre until 1983.
1971–1981 Resident designer, co-writer/producer with Broadside, a national touring workers’ theatre company, London.
Lithographic printer, Spiderweb Print Cooperative, London.
Free-lance stage and costume designer in London, Birmingham and Bristol, UK.

Published Works

1989-1997 Cartoon booklets and other materials for adults for CRIC, Grassroots Educare. ELRU, Juta, Maskew Miller Longman, Catholic Welfare Department.
Series of cartoon strips and information booklets for the Constutional Assembly
Thirteen fully-illustrated children’s books and numerous contributing illustrations and posters for Juta, Maskew Miller Longman, OUP, Heinemann, Kagiso

Muziwakhe Nhlabatsi

Muziwakhe Nhlabatsi

b. Johannesburg, 1954

Muziwakhe Nhlabatsi is best known for his representations of political themes that were published in the progressive media in the 1970s and 1980s. He works a graphic artist and illustrator.


Down Second Avenue

Illustrations by Mzwakhe Nhlabatsi
Original script by Lesley Lawson. Edited by Joyce Ozynski.

Activities prepared by Joan Hoffman, edited by Barbara Hutton and Helene Perold.
Designed by Mary Anne Bahr and Zaidah Abrahams
Typsetting by Jenny Stanfield, Sached production department

Published by Ravan Press (Pty) Ltd
First impression 1988
The Sached Trust
ISBN 0 86975 329 4
Printed by Creda Press, Cape Town


1994 - 1997: Various computer training courses, Hirt & Carter training school, Johannesburg; Parkhill Technologies, Johannesburg.
1993: Management of Book Production, British Consulate, Johannesburg.
1988: Creative Publications Design, SACHED Trust, Johannesburg.
1980: Archie Legatts Fashion Academy, Johannesburg.
1976-1977: ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorkes Drift, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
1970-1971: Mofolo Art Centre under Dan Rakgoathe, Mofolo Village, Soweto, Johannesburg.
1969-1972: Jubilee Art Centre under Bill Hart, Johannesburg.

Exhibitions (solo)

1972: Gallery of African Art, Johannesburg.

Exhibitions (group)

2006: Ubuntu - Striving for life and peace, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1981: Black art today, Jabulani Standard Bank, Soweto, Johannesburg.
1979: Contemporary African art in South Africa, De Beers Centenary Art Gallery, University of Fort Hare, Alice.
1976: New in the sun, Auden House, Johannesburg.
1975: Tribute to courage (with Fikile Magadlela, Percy Sedumedi, Winston Saoli and Nat Mokgosi), Diakonia House, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Young artists, International Play Group Inc., Union Carbide Building, New York.
1974: Group of six (with Fikile Magadlela, Anthony Miyeni, Mervin Davids, Johnny Ribeiro and Percy Sedumedi), Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town. Botswana National Museum, Gaberone, Botswana.
1972: Art of the townships, Gallery of African Art, Johannesburg.

Publications (illustrations)

1988: Down Second Avenue: The comic, Ravan Press, Johannesburg. Maria Mabetoa, A visit to my grandfather's farm, Ravan Press, Johannesburg.
1987: Staffrider, vol. 6 no. 4, Ravan Press, Johannesburg. Mbulawa A. Mahlangu, Igugu lamaNdebele, Skotaville Publishers, Johannesburg.
1986: Gabriel Setiloane, African theology: An introduction, Skotaville Publishers, Johannesburg.
1985: Essop Patel (ed), The world of Nat Nakasa, Ravan Press, Johannesburg.
1984: Eskia Mphahlele, Father come home, Ravan Press, Johannesburg.
1983: Bheki Maseko, The night of long knives, Staffrider, vol. 5 no. 3.
1982: Mbulelo Mzamane, The children of Soweto, Harlow: Longman, Cape Town. Eskia Mphahlele, Over my dead body, Staffrider, vol. 4 no. 4, pp 10-12. Mothobi Mutloatse, Mama ndiyalila, Ravan Press, Johannesburg.
1979: Chabani Mnganyi, Looking through the key hole, Ravan Press, Johannesburg.

Publications (books, exhibition reviews)

2004: Elza Miles, Polly Street: The story of an art centre, The Ampersand Foundation, New York.
1992: E. J. De Jager, Images of Man: Contemporary South African Black art and artists, Fort Hare University Press, Alice.
1975: Elliot Makhaya and Eric Mani, Art in the Van Gogh tradition, The World newspaper, Thursday, July 10. Vusi Khumalo, Big Art show for Jo'burg City, The World newspaper, September 18, p 11. Elliot Makhaya, Mum doesn't appreciate, The World newspaper, Wednesday, March 12.
1974: Eldren Green, Black artists, The Argus, October 17. Group of six at the Atlantic, Cape Times, October 22.


1999-2005: Senior industrial technician, Gauteng Provincial Government, Johannesburg.
1987-1998: Graphic artist, Maskew Miller Longman, Johannesburg.
1986-1993: Graphic artists, SACHED Trust, Johannesburg.
1986-1987: Graphic artist, The Graphic Equaliser, Johannesburg.
1979-1981: Graphic artist, SACHED Trust (Turret College), Johannesburg.
1978-1979, Make-up artist, Hollywood Display (Multiform), Johannesburg.
1978: Art teacher, The Open school, Johannesburg.
1974: Art teacher, YWCA Vukuzenzele Children's Art Centre, Soweto.


1979: UTA Airways Fasion Design Competition, Johannesburg.
1970: Merit prize, Chamber of Commerce art competition, Johannesburg.


De Beers Centenary Art Gallery, University of Fort Hare.


Runs a computer generated digital art studio in Soweto.