Thupelo Workshop April 2018
The 2018 Thupelo workshop took place at Greatmore art studios in April, during my 3 month residency. By default I participated in this incredible workshop that has a long tradition and history starting in the 1980's. My Thupelo workshop project was focused on the participating artists themselves. Who they are and their creative paths. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.
In conversation with the artists
Thupelo Exhibition April 2018
Fish out of water
"A range of fish-themed artwork by artists from around South Africa will be exhibited at the Everard Read gallery from 10 – 12 May 2018, in the name of “The Fish out of Water” project."
I made my fish using "single use plastic" knives, forks and spoons. This kind of plastic is everywhere; inside everything and everyone including the human body, causing death and disease. Its understood that single use plastics are destroying the oceans and all that live in it. As long as the ocean is seen as an endlessly renewable resource, a free for all space, a vast wild space filled with wild creatures viewed as fair game, the ocean and all in it will ultimately simply be consumed.
Alliance Française of Johannesburg, 15 August 2014.
Clouds Gather, Artist Collective. Turbine Art fair. 17 July 2014
ART-BOTSWANA. Representing the emerging art scene in Botswana. A space for our artists where their work can be seen and voices heard within a larger arena.
CLOUDS GATHER ART-BOTSWANA 2014
Stand: B1 Turbine Art Fair, 17-20/7/14
Turbine Hall, 65 Ntembi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
“Our name is inspired by the words of the author Bessie Head who lived and worked in Botswana from 1964 to 1986. When clouds gather there is a chance of rain. Rain begets life. We believe that when artists gather, they too can beget life.
Our aim is to represent the emerging art scene in Botswana. From this small start we hope to create a space for our artists where their work can be seen and their voices heard within a larger arena. We hope that our enterprise will offer more people a chance to see the kind of work being created throughout Botswana and by artists affiliated to Botswana.
We also hope that our collective energy will encourage all artists living and working in Botswana, to make challenging and powerful work that can be represented at an international level.
It is not always enough to just make work. The work must be shared, commented upon and accessed into the main stream of consciousness that is contemporary society, beyond all borders.”
Balancing Genders Workshop. 2nd June 2014
In line with Human Rights through design, Poster for Tomorrow bought us Designing for Human Rights; Balancing Genders, a one week workshop held in our very own capital city, Gaborone.
An important function of this workshop is to encourage design students visualise the voices of their local community’s issues and to forge connections between themselves and the international design community by participating in a global movement. The students engaged in conversation with a cross section of people from their community (including lawyers, activists, and everyday citizens) who shared their stories and experiences on gender issues in Botswana, sparking inspiration for the students poster designs.
The workshop was presented by an internationally renowned designer and founder member of the 4Tomorrow organisation, Mr Hervé Matine from Paris, France.
Poster for Tomorrow: http://www.posterfortomorrow.org
Draw me Democracy! Exhibition, 12 Nov 2013
Poster for tomorrow is the main project of 4 Tomorrow - an independent, non-profit organization based in Paris - whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate on human rights issues that affect us all.
“Draw me Democracy!” is an on-going campaign. The main objective of the project is to create awareness of democracy and celebrate the right to vote, and also to build capacity for creative expression by encouraging designers to use their unique skills as a voice.
Theses posters represent the voices of designers from across the globe who participated in the first 16 Draw me Democracy workshops. The Botswana workshop took place in June 2012 in Gaborone at REWA education centre.
The exhibition is the result of a selection process made by a panel of judges of respected designers, educators and museum curators.
Botswana achieved an excellent result with 12 posters placed in the top 100 that make up this exhibition.
The French Embassy to Botswana has been the primary supporter and sponsor of the local activities of poster for tomorrow since 2011.
In the past 2 years they have made possible an exhibition of posters on the right to education and Gender Equality.
Once I again I thank them for their support and for presenting this exhibition; entitled I Vote therefore I am, their 3rd exhibition in support of Human Rights and the arts.
Botswana Designers Draw for Democracy, 21 May 2012
“Draw Me Democracy” is a series of 12 workshops that are happening across the world in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The workshop is endorsed by the UNDEF and took place At REWA education centre in Gaborone from the 21st to the 25th May 2012.
The workshop was facilitated by Luba Lukova, who came from New York for the event. Regarded as one of the most distinctive image makers working today, Luba Lukova has held solo exhibitions at UNESCO in Paris, DDD Gallery in Osaka, La MaMa in New York and the Art Institute of Boston.
Luba presented this workshop to a cross section of local designers and design students from the Botswana design community.
The REWA education centre, run by Priyanka Handa, generally focuses on raising the standards of child education in Botswana. However, as this workshop aims to empower participant through education and skills development and through encouraging creativity and motivation, REWA felt that although it focuses on adult education, the ethos of the workshop matches that of the centre.
An international workshop of this calibre cannot happen without the active support of members of the local community.
Nicola Holgate. Local manager. Poster4Tomorrow.
The Right to Education 2011
Press Release for Poster for Tomorrow Exhibition
Poster for Tomorrow is a Non Governmental Organisation that aims to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate in the local and international communities on issues and projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.
Poster for Tomorrow runs an annual poster competition that is open to designers throughout the world. These posters are initially judged by an online international panel of 100 designers and other relevant persons, and then finally by a live Jury of experts in the field. The final 100 posters are then exhibited internationally on the 10th Dec, Human Rights Day, as well as published in book form. The top winners are awarded various opportunities including international workshops and travel.
This year, the selection of winning posters with the theme, Right to Education for All, will be exhibited at the Alliance FrançaisFrançaise on the 8th of December, from 6pm to 10pm, with an official opening by Gloria Jaques, from the University of Botswana. Members of the Press and the Public are cordially invited to attend the opening.
In order to make the exhibition more accessible to the public, the exhibition will move to Game City mall, (in the food court entrance between Edgars and Sweets from Heaven) from the 9th to the 12th of December.