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An Art Exhibition by Emerging Artists

based in Johannesburg

From the 17 th November through December 2011

Art in the Forest, a stunning art gallery and ceramics studio located in Cecilia Forest, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled “Passages”, comprising artworks by young emerging artists based in Johannesburg and surrounding areas. The artworks – linocuts, etchings, screen prints, mono prints, collages – offer the artists’ reflections on the challenges and opportunities in daily life. “Passages” evokes transitions from one condition or place to another, journeys, openings and boundaries, pathways and gateways. It can imply progress, forward movement, and evolution; or movement from tradition to modernity, rural to urban settings, youth to adulthood; or the lack of passages, the impact of things standing still, staying the same.

The exhibition is curated by Anne Gordon, Director of Vula Amehlo Art Development — a recently established, Johannesburg-based organization focused on promoting the careers of young artists through curating exhibitions in both traditional gallery spaces and in other environments, and more broadly marketing their work in South Africa and elsewhere. Vula Amehlo – “open your eyes” – aims to assist these artists in raising their public profiles, selling their artwork, and developing their capacity to manage successful careers as full-time artists. It is committed to build levels of art appreciation and an understanding of the value of high quality but reasonably priced art as an investment for the future.

The featured artists include:

Phumzile Buthelezi , Lehlohonolo Dhlamini, Themba Khumalo,

Charles Kholobeng, Leshoka Legate, Phillip Mabote, Chepape Makgato, Ramarutha Makoba, Charles Morwape, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Bambo Sibiya, John Taouss, Jan Tshikhuthula and others.

These artists are all currently based in Johannesburg and the townships of greater Gauteng – Soweto, Orange Farm, Katlehong, Thokoza, Braamfisher, Mamelodi, etc. Many of them grew up in the rural areas of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, or the Free State, and headed to Johannesburg to seek tertiary education in art. The fact that they are all well on their way to becoming successful professional artists is a testament to their commitment and determination in overcoming often difficult circumstances in order to pursue their dreams.

Their passage through life inspires their artwork:

Phumzile Buthelezi : Her work speaks of “different levels of transformation”. “I transform my materials and they transform me”.

Lehlohonolo Dhlamini : His art reflects his “nomadic life story”; a sense of “romanticism and nostalgia”. “My Imagery evokes a sense of sadness and survival of the fittest”.

Charles Kholobeng: He aims to “challenge the viewer to become visually impaired” by giving his artworks “a sense of movement and blurriness” – to reflect his own experience of being “a squint”.

Ramarutha Makoba: He feels that one cannot be socially ignorant and pass obliviously through life. “Scratching into the plate allows me to create an image that reflects a time and place that is close to me. These images bring me closer to understanding my world”.

Charles Morwape: His art uses landscapes as a metaphor for themes of “positive new directions, hope, change and a new start toward a positive life”.

All of these talented artists are passionate about their art and are wo rking extremely hard to forge and maintain their careers as professional artists. They are pursuing a range of mediums as they further push the boundaries of their talent and explore new means of ex pression. Some have already achieved considerable success. Ramarutha Makoba and Bambo Sibiya have been finalists in the Absa Atelier competition, and Mini Ngoyi won a prize at the CIT:Y Festival in Johannesburg. They have all participated in well-received exhibitions. This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to buy stunning but reasonably priced artworks by promising artists who are likely to become famous! This is the first time their work has been shown in Cape Town!

All profits made by Art in the Forest will benefit the Light from Africa Foundation which provides financial support to charities and community-based initiatives assisting vulnerable children throughout South Africa. With its gallery, ceramics training and Bright Ideas design projects, Art in the Forest is a dynamic and creative centre using the arts to facilitate social change. All profits made by Vula Amehlo Art Development will be reinvested in future support for these and other emerging artists.

Visit this exhibition at Art in the Forest from the 17 th November through December 2011. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm.

From Constantia Nek, walk or drive up the road through beautiful Cecilia Forest, come in and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee, visit the lively ceramic art studio, and shop for beautiful ceramics and fine art, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley below.

For more information, please contact Catherine Bolton at or call her on 021 794 0291 / 071 795 7521. To find out more about the Foundation, please visit or join

For the invitation brochure, click hereDownload a press release here

Posted September 23, 2012 by vulaamehlo

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