Jill Joubert

b. Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa, 1954. Lives in Cape Town

Jill Joubert is an artist, puppeteer and teacher. She is a former founding member of the Handspring Puppet Company and former principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre (formerly the Frank Joubert Art Centre). Working predominately in wood her artwork depicts an interest in sacred European and African Art as well as creation stories and folktales from around the world.


The Invasion by Stately Queens Come to Rescue Princesses Trapped in Four Impenetrable Towers


An Abandoned Saint and Other Forgotten Stories



2013  Master of Fine Arts with Distinction (puppetry, sculpture and performance), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1991  Advanced Diploma in Fine Art (sculpture), University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1990  Honours degree in History of Arts, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1976  Bachelor of Arts, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Solo Exhibitions

2018  An Abandoned Saint and other Forgotten Stories, SMITH Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2016  The Invasion by Stately Queens come to Rescue Princesses Trapped in Four Impenetrable Towers, SMITH Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2014  Apple Girl, MAFA Graduation exhibition at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Group Exhibitions

2017  Beyond Binaries, ICC Essence Festival in Durban; Durban Art Gallery; KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
2009  Staff exhibition, Frank Joubert Art Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
1995  Juggling with the Familiar, Centre for African Studies, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa
1992  Meditations, Iziko South African National Gallery, Touch Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1991  Keeping the Wrong Company, Woman’s Centre, Observatory, South Africa
1989  An Exhibition of Cape Town Puppeteers, Artscape Foyer, Cape Town, South Africa
1987  Exhibition of South African Puppetry, UNISA gallery, Pretoria, South Africa (curated by Handspring Puppet Company and Lucy Alexander)
1976  Touch Wood, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1974  Involvement, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


2014 - 2016  Visual Art, The Warhorse Education Project and The Kickstarter Project, KZN; Johannesburg and the Free State, South Africa
2013 - present  Creative Arts for Foundation Phase PGCE students, UCT Department of Education, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 - 2016  Puppetry, Handspring Trust, Net Vir Pret, Barrydale, South Africa
2010 - 2015  Visual Art, Ibhabhathane Project, Western Cape, Limpopo, KZN and Free State, South Africa
1998 - 2007  Visual Art and Design Method for FET. PGCE students, UCT Department of Education, Cape Town, South Africa
1997 - 2009  Principal, Frank Joubert Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
1997 - 2009  Co-founder, Ibhabhathane Project, South Africa
1984 - 1996  Art, Herzlia Middle and High School, Cape Town, South Africa
1977 - 1980  Art, Herzlia High School, Cape Town, South Africa


2009  Public Sculpture, Statues and Memorials in Cape Town, Paarl, Barrydale and George, commissioned by the WCED, this book was written to support FET Visual Art and Design teachers in the Western Cape
2008  The Other Side of the Street, commissioned by WCED to support FET Focus Schools of the Arts, this package engaged with alternative teaching centres: Polly Street in Johannesburg, Rorke’s Drift in KZN and The Community Arts Project (CAP), in Cape Town.
2006  An Introduction to African Art, a book written for both GET and FET teachers related to the exhibition, Picasso and Africa, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2005  Art on our Doorstep: A Meeting of Two Cultures, a package for both GET and FET teachers to engage with the Iziko Old Townhouse exhibition of Dutch painting of the 1600’s and the San/Bushman exhibition at the Iziko Natural History Museum


2015 - 2016  Created and performed, The Tale of the Willow Pattern Plate, Rosebank Theatre, Cape Town; Barrydale and Magnet Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa
2014  Co-created and performed, Bokele and the Sun, Rosebank Theatre and Fringe Festival, Cape Town, South Africa
1995  Re-scripted, made puppets, performed and trained Afrikaans and Xhosa presenters, EDUMEDIA video(Western Cape Education Department)
1981 - 1983  Founder member, Handspring Puppet Company

Mpumelelo Melane

b. New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 1962.


1990 Training Art Course for cultural workers, Community Arts Project, Cape Town
1988 Joined Imvaba
Fine Arts, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth (incomplete)

Selected Exhibitions

1992 Visual Arts Group travelling exhibition, Centre for African Studies, UCT, Cape Town
1992 Grahamstown Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1990 Touring exhibition, UK and Denmark


2003 - 2005 Art Facilitator, Siyaya Centre for Young Arts
1990 Delegate, Zabalaza Festival, London [Created mural at the Institute of Contemporary Arts with other SA delegates (among them Thami Jali, Sophie Peters, Louise Almon, Helen Sebidi)]


Meshack Raphalalani

b. Venda, South Africa, 1950.

Raphalalani is a wood sculptor working in the Venda tradition, exhibiting both locally and abroad. Historical events, traditional ceremonies and rituals are recurring themes in his work. He was a founding member of The VhaVenda Arts Foundation.





Venda Land Training Institution
1972 Art Method teaching, Ndaleni Educational Training Centre, KwaZulu Natal

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Art Santa Fe 2015, Sante Fe Convention Center, New Mexico, USA
2003 Contemporary Natural, group exhibition, Mukondeni Fine Arts Gallery, Johannesburg
2003 Design-in Africa, group exhibition, Mukondeni Fine Arts Gallery, Johannesburg
1985 Tributaries, Africana Museum (now Museum Africa), Johannesburg
1985 Venda Sun Hotel, Limpopo
1972 & 1978 University of Fort Hare, Alice


2017 Roots, Woodcarving expo, Los Angeles, USA
2016 Transvisions in Wood, Karoo
2016 World Wood Day, Kathmandu, Nepal


2015 First Prize. Arts and culture for a sustainable Future.Champion World Woodcarving competition. Durban
2015 Winner of World Wood Day Foundation competition, California
1986 African Art Festival, first prize, University of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal


Thami Jali

b. Lamontville, Durban, South Africa, 1955.

Thami Jali is a painter and ceramicist. As an alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre he helped re-establish the ceramic studio when the centre re-opened in 2004. He is a multi-faceted artist whose art is at once forbidding and optimistic, giving voice to the man on the street and celebrating the diversity of South African cultures and languages.

Art education

1983-84 Ceramics, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal
1981-82 Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Restless Spirt, solo exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2014 Retroactive, KZNSA, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Three Parts More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Amandla, Menzi Mchunu & Democratic Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2010 Amandla, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2009 A Known Heritage,  Kizo Art Gallery at Gateway, Umhlanga,  Kwa-zulu Natal
2007 Transformation, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2004 InniBos Kunstefees, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
1998 Ungqofo Ulalele, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1997 New Dehli Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, India
1995 Africus Johannesburg Biennale ’95, Johannesburg
1995 38 Essex Road, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994 National Arts Trust Exhibition, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1993 ART OMI, International Artists Workshop, New York, USA
1991 & 1992 Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Vulamehlo – Open Eye,  Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1990 Art from South African Townships, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, England
1989 Five Friends, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali)
1989 Objects of Utility, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 Friends of Freedom, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1983 Art Communication, Indingilizi Gallery, Mbabane, Swaziland
1980 - 1982 Festival of African Art, University of Zululand, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Workshops & Residencies

1997 Artist in Residence, Edgewood College, Wisconsin, USA
1990 Zabalaza Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK


1982 First Prize in Sculpture, Festival of African Arts, University of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal


2017 Judge, PPC Imaginarium Awards
2004 Re-established the ceramics studio, Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2000 Ceramic tile project, Matsulu Art Centre, Mpumalanga 
1991 Trustee, Community Mural Projects, Cultural Trust, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1987 Taught pottery and sculpture, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto, Johannesburg
1983-84 Founder of Art Communications, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal

Public collections

Campbell Collections, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban Art Gallery
South African National Gallery
Tatham Art Gallery
The Constitutional Court
University of Zululand

Michael Barry

b. Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1954.
Michael Barry is an artist and educator. He studied fine art at the University of Cape Town and is currently pursuing a PHD at Nelson Mandela University where he heads up the Department of Arts and Culture. Barry was an active member of the Imvaba Arts Association. He continues to be involved in numerous cultural development projects around Port Elizabeth. 

Art Education

1981 Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
1985 Higher Degree in Education, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
2012 Masters, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Just Painting, group exhibition, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
2016 #TheVoices, group exhibition, National Arts Festival, Albany Museum, Grahamstown
2015 Art State, group exhibition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth
2014 Redefinition of the status quo – collector’s edition, group exhibition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth
2013 Collective 2013, artSPACE Gallery, Durban
2012 A4 Ideas, group exhibition, Boomtown, Port Elizabeth
1981 Young South African Photographers, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Public Commissions

Route 67, Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey, Port Elizabeth
2013 Kite boy and Skipping girlsHelenvale Urban Renewal Programme, Thusong centre, Port Elizabeth
The Sunday Times 100 year celebration public art work, Queenstown


Patrick Bongoy

b. 1980 Kinshasa, DR Congo, currently lives and works in Cape Town

Patrick Bongoy’s sculptural works use discarded materials, such as rubber and industrial packaging, to comment on the degradation of society and its natural resources.

My work speaks in response to the global reality of literal and figurative environmental pollution. This encompasses the entire spectrum from the erosion of economic viability for people, socio- cultural decay impacting on community and individual behaviour and natural rural and urban landscape.

I draw on the history of my roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the irony of contemporary urban degradation masked as development.

Through the recovery of waste materials such as inner tubes from vehicle tyres, industrial packaging and textiles combined with my use of paint and African fabric, I repurpose and reinterpret what others discard. Beyond the intentional recycling element of this process, the visual concepts I explore surface a range of the pertinent issues. Additional sculpted objects are superimposed on these layered backgrounds, which I create as a foundational canvas. This is also a visual referencing of some of the many laborious tasks undertaken by women in my country, in order to make ends meet.

I try to understand how the deterioration of natural and urban settings mirrors the visible rotting, displayed in the behaviour and habits of the population. Deprivation evidently continues to recreate further misery and desperation.

Although my work reflects a kind of beauty, it also describes the destruction of a place and a people where ethical values have been poisoned or fallen away, infecting human morality and dignity. The aftermath of several violent conflicts has created a nightmarish atmosphere where people relive those moments in an extreme state of vulnerability and resignation to this state of affairs.

My painted figures, always in silhouette, with their deformed limbs and precarious stances, twist and turn in such spaces. They evoke a sense of uncontrolled or dynamic movement captured in a disjointed moment, as if their bodies are mid-execution of a questionable act.
However, the internal versus external appearances and perspectives – what is seen in contrast to what is understood, becomes the site of re-imagination and unforeseen possibilities.

Art Education

2009 Degree in Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Kinshasa
2005 State diploma (equivalent to the baccalaureate), Institute of Fine Arts Kinshasa

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Where are we? Where are we going?, Ebony/Curated, Cape Town
2012 BA Paper Collection, Cultural Center Muikka Theatre, Kinshasa
2012 BINGOTO, SADI collective space, Kinshasa

Group Exhibitions

2017 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
2017 Feast your Eyes, Nandos UK, Soho, London
2017 Ebony/Curated booth, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town
2016 What is the matter, Ebony/Curated, Cape Town
2016 That Art Fair, Cape Town
2015 Ebony/Curated, Franschoek, Cape Town
2015 Présence Congolaise, Alliance Française, Cape Town
2013 Fashion show, Central library, Cape Town
2012 Plural Dimension, Center Wallonia-Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Workshops and Performances

2013 Article 15, performance (with Maurice Mbikayi), Symposium, University of Cape Town
2012 Creating paper clothing for BA Paper Collection, Cultural Center Muikka Theatre, Kinshasa
2012 Volunteer for a creative workshop with disadvantaged children and child victims of war, foundation star of Congo (FONECO), SADI collective space, Kinshasa
2012 Workshop for the play Westerly wind (with writer & filmmaker Kap’s Kapambu), SADI collective space, Kinshasa
2012 Photography workshop with Roël Jacobs, Kinshasa Académie of fine art
2011 The awakening of consciousness, performance, 24 November street, Kinshasa
2011 Performance with SADI collective, crossroads Mount Arts, SADI collective space, Kinshasa
2011 Residency, SADI collective space, Kinshasa


Les dépêches de Brazzaville n*1478 p.10 Fifteen paintings done after a residence at the intersection of public space SADI be discovered in the first solo exhibition of the young artist visual arts at Mount
La tempête des tropiques n*4385 p.12 Works of arts presentations of Patrick Bongoy in fair restitution: BI Ngoto
Alerte-plus n*1723 p.5 Zoom BINGOTO, artworks of artist Patrick Bongoy collective SADI


Nandos, UK and South Africa
SADI Collectif, DR Congo



Titos Pelembe

b. 1988, Maputo Mozambique.

“Pelembe is amongst artists who have started to push the boundaries by manipulating and modelling clay in an innovative and interesting way. He transcends the craft label often attributed to African ceramics, by melding or combining his distinctive craftsmanship of the medium with artistic, multi-layered expression informed by the Mozambican cultural and artistic milieu.” Harun Harun, Visual Artist and Independent Curator

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”
Pablo Picasso

Being invited to write about Titos Pelembe’s artwork in his first solo show “Trilho dos Sonhos” is a challenge when you live outside the country, and are unable to experience the artwork firsthand. It is however, indisputable that Pelembe is a talented young artist with a flair for expressing himself through clay. This is evidenced through his unique sculpture, which on occasion incorporates found materials, wood and metal. In order to gain a better appreciation of his art form, it is imperative to locate his work within the broader context of contemporary Mozambican arts and culture. Mozambique had two very vibrant periods; one after national independence, where the majority of artists were self-taught and another after the creation of the National School of Visual Arts in 1983. Pelembe belongs to the second period, which largely consists of the new generation of visual artists who received art training through the National Visual Arts School, in Maputo. This group has contributed significantly to the growth of contemporary Mozambican art by injecting new forms of expression. These young artists from Pelembe’s generation are experimenting with clay on a monumental scale. They include Lourenco Abner “Tsenane”, Nelson Joao Muianga “Muingane”, Celestino Bento Mondlane “Mudaulane”, Titos Pelembe and others.

Clay is a medium that is readily available and inexpensive in Mozambique, but it has mainly been used to express the traditional aesthetic. Pelembe is amongst artists who have started to push the boundaries by manipulating and modelling clay in an innovative and interesting way. He transcends the craft label often attributed to African ceramics, by melding or combining his distinctive craftsmanship of the medium with artistic, multi-layered expression informed by the Mozambican cultural and artistic milieu. His eloquent use of line and form imbues his art with a contemporary aesthetic that is simultaneously Mozambican yet global. The element of intricacy found in Makonde sculpture is present in his artworks. The richness of Pelembe’s works is expressed through the symbolism of clay’s earthiness and fragility, as well as strength, attained through firing. These are also characteristics that are reflected in our humanity and history. His sculptures also seem to make reference to our multi-faceted nature and idiosyncrasies as human beings – qualities that shape our personality, in the same way that each of his pieces has its own character. Such reference is made through three-dimensional forms, irregular and organic shapes where lines play a dual role as both contour and surface element. The attached pieces of wood of varying length and sizes, found objects or recycled materials lend dynamism to the expressive artworks.

Pelembe’s emotions, feelings and ideas are diverse and boundless. They come from everywhere, as Pablo Picasso said: The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
He is a very active practitioner who works hard to transform his dreams into the type of art presented in this exhibition. The artworks are well balanced, well composed and well executed, thereby conveying the strong messages that he wants to share with art lovers, art collectors and the community.

Proof of Pelembe’s versatility as an artist is the awards he has received over the years. In 2013, 2011 and 2009 he won prizes for sculpture and painting respectively, in the TDM Biennale. In 2008 he got two ceramic art prizes – one from FUNDAC and the other Expo Musart. In 2007 he received a prize for sculpture and ceramics as well as a special mention for painting. He has also explored comics, and received an award from the Instituto Camões in the same year. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Pelembe’s potential and talent is evident in his ceramic sculptures, which demonstrate an understanding of form and space. His masterful use of line is evident in artworks like Sculpture, 2013, an art installation, which consists of a combination of various materials, namely clay, wood, metal and recycled paper; Turbelencia da crise Economico Mundial, 2009; Disturbio mental, 2008; Gestos de fraternizacao, series, 2011 and the monumental sculpture Sasol, grafico de crescimento, 2012. He also uses various materials such as cement, stones, metal and in some instances adds paint. The mural O encanto da natureza is a wonderful exploration of mosaic and an interesting foray into public art.

In other media such as painting, drawing and watercolour, Titos Pelembe needs to spend more time experimenting in order to give us work that is on par with his ceramic sculptures, in terms of skill and quality. Some of his paintings that show promise in terms of technique, balance and composition include Magalie, 2009, mixed media; No fundo do mar, 2011, mixed media; Danca contemporanea, 2011, mixed media; Bairro dos Pescadores, 2011, mixed media; Vivencias, 2013, mixed media; Celebrando o pescado, 2013, mixed media; A busca do liquid precioso, 2013, mixed media and Novo dia, esperanca revitalizada, 2013, mixed media.

More can be said about Titos Pelembe’s artworks, but the best way to experience his unique approach to the art-making process, is to view the wonderful work displayed in the exhibition ”Trilho dos Sonhos”.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas

Congratulations Titos! I believe that the trail you are following will lead to the realisation of your dreams or goals.

I am inviting all of you to dream along with Titos Pelembe.

Harun Harun
Visual Artist and Independent Curator


2012 Degree at the Higher Institute for Arts and Culture (ISArC), Maputo.
2010 Under graduate course in Ceramics and Pedagogical Training at the National School for Visual Arts (ENAV), Maputo, Mozambique.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Trilho dos Sonhos, Maputo.

Group Exhibitions

2014 Creative Block - Gallery of Kulungwana - Maputo.
2013 Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2012 Collective exhibition ” Line in form – form in line” , Gallery of Kulungwana - Maputo.
2012 ZIMOKAD, Cultural Art Dialogue Mozambique and Zimbabwe, National School for Visual Arts and Cultural Centre Franco Mozambicano, Maputo.
2012 Sasol Temane sculpture Site, Maputo.
2012 Collective exhibition Creative Block, The Netherlands
2011 Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2011 Design and Production of trophies, Ministry of Civil Service, Maputo.
2011 Collective exhibition Creative Block, Finland.
2011 ICRH Sculpture - Maputo;
2009 Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2009 Collective exhibition and workshop SADC CREATOR ( Botswana);
 - FUNDAC, Maputo
2008 Fund for Cultural and artistic Development
2008 National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2007 Cartoons, Instituto Camões, Maputo
2007 Alto Mae house of culture, Maputo
2006 [Cartoons], Instituto Camões, Maputo
2006 [5th anniversary of the Cultural Centre of the Mozambican Bank], Mozambican cultural centre, Maputo
2006 Fund for Cultural and artistic Development
2005 [30th anniversary of Mozambican Bank], Mozambican cultural centre, Maputo
2005 [Revelation Francophony], Franco-Mozambican Cultural Centre, Maputo


2011 2nd prize, Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2009 3rd prize, Telecommunication of Mozambique Biennial, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2009 Honourable mention, in Painting FUNDAC Malangatana award.
2008 1st prize, sculpture Fund for cultural and artistic development, Alberto Chissano prize.
2008 2nd prize, sculpture, National Museum of Art, Maputo.
2007 3rd prize, Cartoons Instituto Camões - Maputo.
2007 1st prize, sculpture and Honourable mention, painting in edition of the Discovery contest.
2006 3rd prize, Cartoons, Camões Institute - Maputo.
2006 1st and 2nd prize , commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Cultural Centre of the Mozambican Bank.
2006 Honourable mention, sculpture, Fund for cultural and artistic development.
2006 2nd prize, UNESCO Malaria poster.
2005 Honourable Mention 30th anniversary of Mozambican Bank.
2004 1st prize, Revelation Francophony Cultural Centre Mozambican Franco - Maputo.


Cultural Institute Mozambique, Germany
New Group of Communication and creative at Visual Arts Company

Celestino Mudaulane

b. 1972, Maputo Mozambique.

Mudaulane (Mondlane) produces innovative, often monumental ceramic sculptures as well as large, striking drawings. His works are highly imaginative, visualizing a world that mediates the material and the spiritual, the playful and the confrontational.

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1997 Faculty of Fine Arts, Porto (workshop or internship)
1997 University of KwaZulu Natal (workshop or internship)
1994 Art Foundation, South Africa (workshop or internship)
1992 Completed ceramic course, National School of Visual Arts (ENAV), Maputo

Positions held

Founder member, Muvart
Member, Nucleo de Arte, Maputo
Lecturer in ceramics, design and drawing, National School of Visual Arts (ENAV), Maputo

Solo Exhibitions

1997 Núcleo de Arte, Maputo

Group Exhibitions (Mozambique)

2010 Ocupações Temporárias, Maputo
2006 Expo Arte Contemporanea, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
2003 Quero conhecer-te África, Fortaleza de Maputo
2003 Bienal da TDM, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
2003 Exposição Colectiva de Artes Plásticas, Instituto Camões, Maputo
2002 Exposição de Pintura, Desenho, Escultura e Cerâmica, Fundação Alberto Chissano, Maputo
2001 Bienal TDM, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
2001 Contra a Violência Infantil, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo
2000 Plasticidades em Moçambique, Instituto Camões, Maputo
1999 Expo Annual Musart, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo
1993 2º Workshop, Escola Nacional de Artes Visuais, Maputo

Group Exhibitions (International)

2014 Celestino Mudaulane, Goncalo Mabunda, Mauro Pinto, Galeria 111, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Idioma Comum, Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon, Portugal
2008 Arte Lisboa 08 - Feira de Arte Contemporânea, FIL, Lisbon, Portugal
2007 Muvart Nouva Africa, Antico Palazzo della Pretura di Castell ‘Arquato, Milan, Italy
2006 Arco’06 - Feira de Arte Contemporânea, Madrid, Spain
2006-08 Replica e Rebelda, travelling exhibition organized by the Camoes Institute
2004 Arte Lisboa 04, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 Exposição de Pintura e Cerâmica, Escola Secundária de Soares dos Reis, Porto, Portugal


2003 1º Prémio de Cerâmica, Bienal da TDM, Maputo
2003 Prémio de Consagração, Fundação Alberto Chissano, Maputo
1999 1º Prémio de Cerâmica, Expo Annual Musart, Maputo


2007 Muvart Nouva Africa, Antico Palazzo della Pretura di Castell ‘Arquato, Milan (catalogue/ brochure), Pedro Campos Costa (curator)
2006 Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo Expo Arte Contemporanea (catalogue, international exhibition
2001 Bienal TDM (catalogue). Edited by Andre Salamao Mabjala and Ciro Pereira
1999 Expo Annual Musart. Museu Nacional de Arte.

Nirveda Alleck

b. 1975, Mauritius. Currently lives in Mauritius.

Nirveda Alleck is a multi-disciplinary artist who fuses public and personal situations to create works that unpack psychological notions of time, space, life and death.


2014 Des hommes, des mondes, College des Bernardins, Paris, France.

2013: La Belle Peinture 2, Phoenix le Halles, Ile Maurice.
2013: Made in India, collaborative exhibition, Reunion Island.
2013: Select Works, solo at Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius.
2013: Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy, Malmo Konsthall, SWEDEN and Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Marrakech Biennale Parallel projects 2014
2013: Art Warning the World, France.

2012: We Have Lost The Way, La Tour Koenig, Mauritius.
2012: Art Party- solo, Henessy Park Hotel, Mauritius.
2012: La Cinematheque Quebequoise, Canada.
2012: Dakart Biennale 2012, Senegal.

2011: One Color, Pfeister Gallery, Bornholm, Denmark.
2011: To Africanize is to Civilize, Silencio, Paris Photo OFF, France
2011: FAIVA Residency Exhibition, Mali
2011: ohannesburg Art Fair, South Africa.
2011: One Minutes Africa Awards, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo Egypt.
2011: FOCUS11 : Contemporary Art Africa, Art Basel, Switzerland.
2011: Open Studio, Omi International Art Centre, NY, USA.
2011: One Minutes Video Africa- Bamako, Mali.

2010: World Festival of Back Art International Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal.
2010: La Foire des Mascareignes, Reunion Island.
2010: The Landing of the Dodos Public Art Project, Mauritius.
2010: 200 yrs Grand Port Battle Commemorative Exhibition, Mauritius.
2010:: Dakart Biennale of Contemporary Art, Senegal.

2009: Biennale Arts Actuels, Reunion Island.
2009: Vieme Jeux de la Francophonie, (Francophonie Games) Painting Exhibition, Lebanon.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition, Mauritius.
2009: Pan-African Art Festival, Algeria.

2008: Anniversary Raffle, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa.
2008: INTERLACE- Drawing Connections between SA, Finland and Mauritius, IMAAYA Gallery,                             Mauritius.

2008: House Games, Jyvaskula, Finland.
2008: Tulipamwe International Artists Exhibition, Goethe Centre, Namibia.
2008: Imaaya Exhibition, Imaaya Gallery, Mauritius.
2008: Omada, Live video performance, Mauritius.

2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town, South Africa.
2007: Présent Immobile, Solo Show at La Citadelle, Mauritius.
2007: Liberté D’expression, Right Now ! Exhibition, IBL Gallery, Mauritius.
2007: International Women’s Exhibition, MGI Gallery, Mauritius.

2006 Resident Artists Exhibition, Bag Factory Fordsburg Artists studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2005: 2nd Triennale of Contemporary Art, Mauritius
2005: ESTAFAB, 2nd East Africa Biennale, Tanzania
2005: Salon de Mai, Moka, Mauritius
2005: International Painters Exhibition, Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore, India
2005: 11th Triennale India, New Delhi, India

2004: Duad- solo show, Max Boullé Gallery, Mauritius

2003: Pond, Group Exhibition, Cochrane Street, Glasgow, Scotland

2001: Diplomatic Immunity, Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York, USA.

1999: Glasgow Art Fair, St Georges Square, Scotland
1999: Interim Show, Glasgow School Of Art, Scotland

1998: 6th Biennial Of Contemporary Art, Seychelles

Zilch And All, Solo Show, Max Boullé Gallery, Mauritius

1997: Michaelis School Of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa
Preface, Centre For African Studies Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa Members Exhibition, Ava                                           Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Exhibition Screenings

2006 and 2007: Femlink International Video Collage, travelling exhibition.
Lebanon, Beyrouth, “Les Instants Video” with Shams,
France, Paris, Mairie du IXeme,
Mexico, 6DOF, Puebla, Cultural Centre La Cloaco,
Croatia, Pula, Pula Film Festival,
Greece, Athens Video Art Festival,
USA, Cambridge Massachusetts, Cyber Arts Night Vision Festival,
France, Cachan, Espace Dialogos, Orangerie,
Argentina, Buenos Aires Centro Cultural San Martin, Cultural Media and Art,
Macedonia, Skopje, Mala Stanica multimedia centre in collaboration with Lokomotiva,                                    Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture,
Germany, Berlin, Directors Lounge, Contemporary Media and Art,
Netherlands, Eindhoven, Temporary Art Centre,
Canada, Quebec, Centre Videofemmes,
Spain, Barcelona, Loop Festival,
USA, Fitchburg State College.
France, Paris, Nuit Blanche, La Bellevilloise,
Scotland, Edinburgh: European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
France, Paris, Internat, Jeune Creation Exhibition of Contemporary Art,
Lithuania, Kaunas, European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Poland, Varsovie, European Beinnale of Contemporary Art,
France, Mende, European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Uruguay, Montevideo, Foundation of Contemporary Art FAC.
Indonesia, Teater Utan Kayu,
France, Nimes: Biennale Europeenne d’Art Contemporain,
Indonesia, Bandung, Cinematic Lab

Filmography and Video Works

2001: Gist, Video installation, Scotland
2004: Counter Currents, Synchronised video work, Mauritius
2005: Ravinal Man, 17 min film, Funded by Mauritius Film Development Corporation
2006: Perfect Match, Video Performance- looped, Mauritius
2006: Power, Soweto. Video work 20 min looped, Johannesburg SA
2007: Histories, Documentary on Freedom of Expression, commissioned by Right Now! Association,                   Mauritius.
2007: Tragedy of a swing and a chair- for Femlink International, 2 min video.
2008: Omada Video performance, 8 min music and dance video, Mauritius
2009: Ephemeral, Biennale Art Actuels, 8min video
2011: The return, video Art, 2 mins, commissioned by One Minutes Africa
2011: one color, video art, 3min
2011: L’Offrande, video Art, nominated for One Minutes Africa Prize
2011: They spoke different tongues, 15 min 2 channel video, Mali
Art OMI Alumni, GSA Alumni, UCT Alumni

Collections and Commissions

Azuri, Mauritius
Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius
Okombahe Community, Namibia
Lalit Kala Akademi, India
Reinsurance Consultants, Mauritius & SA
Holcim Cements, Mauritius
Shields Mural Project, Peugeot Centre, Glasgow Scotland
Church House, Bridgeton, Glasgow Scotland
UCATT (Workers Union) March Banner, Scotland
Isle of Arran Distillers, Scotland
J.D.Weatherspoons Ltd, Glasgow and Edinburgh Branches, Scotland
Hannibal (historic documentary), Channel 5, Wark Clements Productions, Scotland
Citigate Scotland
Mc Cabe Contemporary Art (Cecily Getty), Cape Town, South Africa
Independent Outdoor Media, South Africa


2012: Dakar Biennale Catalogue
2011: Joburg Art Fair Catalogue
2011: Migrant C Catalogue, Joburg Art Fair
2011: Fanzines by Focus Contemporary African Art
2010: Dakart Biennale Catalogue
2009: Biennale Arts Actuels Catalogue, Reunion Island
2009: Francophonie Games Art and Culture Catalogue, Lebanon
2009: 2nd PanAfrican Festival Catalogue, Algeria.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition Catalogue.
2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
2007: Présent Immobile, La Citadelle, Mauritius
2007: Art in Mauritius by Hans Ramduth, MGI Publication, Mauritius.
2007: National Art Gallery, 1st Salon d’Ete Catalogue, Mauritius.
2006: Bag Factory Resident Exhibition Catalogue. www.bagfactoryart.org.za
2005: 11th Triennale India Catalogue
2005: Estafab Catalogue 2005 Tanzania
2005: National Art Gallery Mauritius website: www.nagmauritius.org
2001: Diplomatic Immunity Catalogue, UK in New York Festival
1998: “24 Artworks by selected South African Artists”, McCabe Gallery Publication, South Africa.

Awards and Prizes

2012: Cultural Leadership Training, at the African Arts Institute of South Africa, EU/AFAI funded.
2012: Recipient of Emma Award by Bank One, for Arts and Culture, Mauritius.

2011: Nominated for FNB Art Prize at Joburg Art Fair
2011: Nominated For One Minutes Africa 2011, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
2011: Francis J Greenburger Fellowship at Omi International Arts Centre
2011: Recipient of International Grant for Artist Scheme, Ministry of Arts and Culture Mauritius

2010: Laureate at Dakar Biennale 2010, Soleil d’Afrique Prize

2008: Sponsored by HIVOS to take part in Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop and Exhibition Namibia

2004: Selected for ‘1er Fond D’Aide au Développement du Film’, Mauritius Film Development Corporation

1999: School of Fine Art Postgraduate Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art

1998: Most Promising Young Artist Award, Seychelles Biennial of Contemporary Art

1997: Dean’s Merit List, University of Cape Town

1994: Edward Louis Ladan Bursary offered by the University of Cape Town

Residencies and Workshops

2011:                  Soleil D’Afrique Organization Residency (October 2011), Bamako, MALI
Omi International Artists Residency,Ghent, New York, USA
One Minutes Africa workshop, Bamako, MALI
2009:                Biennale Arts Actuels Residency, Reunion Island, French Territory
2009:                Vieme Francophonie Games Painting Workshop, Beirut, Lebanon.
2009:                Indian Diaspora International Workshop, Mauritius.
2008:                Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Namibia
2007:                Artist in Residence, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
2007:                Thupelo International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa
2006:                 Artist in Residence, Bag Factory Fordsburg Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2005:                 International Painters Camp, Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore, India
2004:                Scriptwriting workshop with Mama Keita, MFDC Mauritius
2001-2002:    Artist in Residence, St Patrick’s Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland

Other Projects

Chair of Arterial Network Mauritius Chapter
The Landing of The Dodos public art project
Establishment of migrant-C, Mauritius Indian Ocean Artists Collective

Professional Experience

2013: Visiting Lecturer in Experimental Video, MA Visual Art and BA Digital Arts, University of Mauritius.
2012: One Day Create, outdoors Creative Art Classes, Mauritius
2012: Visiting lecturer in Art Theory at Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius (Critical                       Issues on Contemporary Art)
2011: Arts Consultant at Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Mauritius
2008- 2009: Lecturer, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius
2006: Visiting Lecturer, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius. (Painting)
2004 - 2008 Education Officer, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Mauritius.
1998-1999: Community Arts Teacher, Coatbrigde Community Centre, Glasgow, Scotland


2001 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1997 Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts (Hons.), First Class, University of Cape Town, SA

Mambakwedza Mutasa

Mambakwedza Mutasa

b. Harare, 1974. Lives in Harare, Zimbabwe

Mambakwedza Mutasa’s sculptures combine wood, stone and metal to reflect spiritual and political realities.


Inspired by the creator to create, a sheep to the shepherd, an instrument to glorify his living word in the spirit of Jesus Christ , a mirror to his Godliness, as to bring consciousness of the presence of the present things.

Exhibitions (Zimbabwe)

2010 Domboramwari Art Village, Summer Exhibition
2005 HIFA
2004 Baraka (Mutasa show), NGZ; Harare biennale
2003 Batapata, NGZ
2000 Group exhibition, NGZ; Inner space, Harare

Exhibitions (international)

2007 Cape 07, Cape Town
2006 Dak’Art; Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
2004 Arthaus, Ghana
2003 Miller Gallery, Spain
2002 Sufhouse gallery, Canada
2001-2003 Steve Gallery, USA
2000 Sarenco Gallery, Italy
1999 Kuona Workshop, Kenya; Zvakanaka, Holland
1998 J. Lathan Gallery, Oakland, California, USA
1997 AIDS Exhibition, Australia
1993-2003 Delta Gallery, Harare
1991-1999 Heritage, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

Workshops & residencies

2007 Greatmore Studios
2006 Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
2004 Insaka international workshop, Zambia
2003 Atlantica
1999 Batapata International Artists Workshop, Mutare, Zimbabwe,

Batapata international Artist Workshop, Boulton
Kuona Workshop, Kenya
Zvakanaka Gallery, Holland
Arthaus international workshop, Ghana

Awards and Grants

2005 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation award
2002 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation award
2001 Commonwealth award, London
1999 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation award
1998 High commendation, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
1997 Award of Merit for Weldart, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
1996 Award of Merit for Painting; Highly commended for Weldart; Award of Merit for Weldart, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
1994 Highly commended for Graphic Art, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
1994 Award of Merit for Metal (Weldart), National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Selected articles

Greatmore Studios, 2007
Dak’Art Biennale, 2006
Stone Sculpture, compiled by Doreen Sibanda, 2005
Harare Biennale [catalogue]; 25 year silver jubilee [catalogue], 2004
Batapata artists workshop [catalogue], 2003
Commonwealth Awards [catalogue], 2002
Enrico Mascellanie Sarenco [art magazine], 2000
[newspaper] Holland 8 July, 1999
Delta Gallery [art magazine] No.12, 1998
Heritage 97 [catalogue]; Decade of award winners [catalogue], 1997
Heritage96 [catalogue] (National Gallery of Zimbabwe), 1996
Delta Gallery [art magazine] No.2, 1995
Herald [art review]; Heritage 94 [catalogue] (National Gallery of Zimbabwe) 1994
The Chronicle-[art review] Nov 18; Tubantia