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Anni Snyman  •  Janine Lewis   •   Erica Lüttich
katty vandenberghe   •   Retief van Wyk

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Anni Snyman

(Exhibiting Artist)

(b. 17 June 1964)
BA Fine Art (Graphic Design) University of Stellenbosch 1985

Anni worked as a Graphic Designer for several years. Whilst she enjoyed the visual-verbal connection embedded in the design process, she didn’t care much for the commercial message or the inevitable chase after deadlines and money. Anni found herself drawn towards searching for a deeper understanding of creativity and ways to ‘teach’ it more successfully. Thus she researched and taught creative process for most of the 1990’s at the AAA School of Advertising and Vega, The School of Brand Communication. Eventually, Anni initiated the first ‘Imagination lab’ under the watchful eyes of Gordon Cook (2003).

Past exhibitions have included:

  • The Printer’s Guild (Pretoria Art Society - 1999, The State Theatre - 2000);
  • Vega Staff exhibitions (2001, 2002);
  • The Icarus and Pandora Dialogues (2002) with Chris Diedericks at The Art Space and Merely Mortal, which initiated me into the world of serious artmaking;
  • Anni conceptualised, curated and produced art for Searching for a Saviour (Museum Africa - 2004)
  • Ansisters (The Old Fort, Constitution Hill - 2005), two collaborative ‘kunstellasies’ involving many other artists and several different creative disciplines;
  • Anni was nominated as a fellow of the Ampersand Foundation, spending August this year in the Ampersand residence New York.


Janine Lewis

(SEITY Choreographer and Performer)

M Tech (Drama) Technikon Pretoria,
(Title: The Use of Drama Techniques in Theatre for Empowerment)

Lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology (formally: Pretoria Technikon) Drama Department - for past 11 years. Fields of specialisation include: Movement, Physical Theatre, Theatre for Empowerment (techniques utilised in Educational, Developmental and Industrial Theatre applications) - which she teaches, but also directs/devises Productions and facilitates Entrepreneurial skills workshops. Janine has been involved with rural education as well as in national and international projects.

Current successful theatre productions directed by Janine Lewis include: *’Surviving Me’ (2006) – dealing with tradition vs. modernity. A physical theatre exploration devised by Janine Lewis and Marianthie van der Walt; *’Slaughter City’ (2005) – by Naomi Wallace, exploring the complex interaction of race, social class, and politics; *‘Inside [looking in]’ (2004) – a Liminal Act conceptualised and devised by Janine, words by John Goddard; * ‘I Stand Before you Naked’ (2003) – by Joyce Carol Oates, with the support of the Embassy of the United States, proceeds to POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse).

Janine also is a performance artist and creates, choreographs and performs her own work: Current shows include ‘Of Men and Myoma’ (solo – 2005); ‘Patterns outside my head’ (Ansisters 2005); ‘Anima/Animus’ (collaboration with Diek Grobler, Dinokasie 2005); online performance (collaboration with katty vandenberghe).

*Seity is a new performance company (seity means ‘with something peculiar to one self’) formed by various performance artists who have created an opening act for the “Memory of Water”. This has been directed by Janine Lewis and Melodie Schoeman, leaders of Seity.

‘Memory of Water’ has inspired the creation of an activation performance WALKING WITH WATER - due to make its debut at the National Arts Festival 2007.


Erica Lüttich

(BOITUMELO Craft Facilitator)

A film editor for 22 years after studying photography and painting at Ruth Prowse College 1981-1983. I am busy completing my final year BA Fine Art at Unisa. For my 4th year at Unisa I created an installation entitled “I need more skin” that was exhibited at Aardklop. Since then have been working in community projects teaching creative process, development of self-worth and financial independence, developing appropriate material and responses to the needs of participants in projects such as Boitumelo.

** Boitumelo The Boitumelo Sewing Project was formed in February 2001 by the administration of the Outreach Project in Hillbrow, consisting of 30 students, mostly women.

The aim of the Boitumelo Project is to create hope and facilitate communication within the group of women, who are mostly unemployed mothers with several dependants. This project encourages innovation, hopefully leading to production of items that will offer some income to these women.

The wonderful quilts, embroidered cloths and mosaics created by Boitumelo have been recognised by several collectors and have won a joint gold medal at the FNB Craft Now 2004 for Journey to Freedom, and were also exhibited at the Brett Kebble Awards in 2003 and 2004.


katty vandenberghe


A new media creative and educator. As a digital artist she has participated in animation projects such as the embroidered Journey to Freedom animations for the UNISA centenary celebrations in 2004. In 2005 she participated in the Ansisters Creative Constellation Festival held at Constitution Hill with digitally manipulated video artworks such as her Three Women portrait series ( Her other creative forum includes the internet, where she collaborated with performance artist Janine Lewis in the online digital performance Anima/ Animus ( in 2006. Her passion includes all digital media and, in particular, her collaborations with other artists in bringing their work and creative ideas to the internet ( As an animator she is part of a small band of Pretoria animators who gather casually on a regular basis to exchange ideas, information, inspiration and animations. In 2002 and 2003 she was part of the New Channels digital art exhibitions. In 2003 her video animation, The Knight, was selected for the New Signatures Sasol exhibition. In 2002, after twelve years of working as a graphic designer, she started lecturing in creative process, digital creation and graphic design at Vega Brand Communications, Johannesburg. Katty was born in Belgium in 1966 and immigrated to South Africa along with her family at the age of three.


Retief van Wyk

(Glass Sculptor)

Retief completed his National Higher Diploma, Ceramic Design (Glass as Major), Technikon Pretoria in 1996. In 1987 he obtained a National Diploma in Ceramic Design, Technikon Witwatersrand and in 1984 studied Fine Art, Printmaking under Gunter van der Reis at Technikon Pretoria. At present he is the Subject Leader for Glass at Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Fine and Applied Arts, where he has lectured since 1995. Previously, Retief had been a ceramics lecturer at Technikon Witwatersrand and Pretoria Technikon in Ceramic Design, before that establishing Tugela Pottery, Tugela, Kwa -Zulu Natal in 1991. He also lectured in Ceramics at University of Natal.

Retief has won a New Signatures Merit Award in 1984, and has completed several commissions, including work on the prestigious Oprah Winfrey Learner Academy for Girls; the Premier of Gauteng’ s Excellence Award trophy; work for the SA Embassy in Hungary and the Council of Churches Life Award trophy for Bishop Desmond Tutu. Clients include Toyota, Liberty in London, SASOL, the DTI and many more. He is represented in several collections in SA and internationally. Retief is a Board Member on SAGAS (South African Glass Art Society), and served as Foundation Member – CONSOL Glass House, Tshwane University of Technology.

He has worked in collaboration with artists such as Robert Hodgins and Deborah Bell, as well as projects with the Goodman Gallery, the Everard Read Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery and on Prototype Development for Enterprise Identity Group for the Burj Project in Dubai. He has acted as curator for “Leading Trends in Studio Glass”, Pretoria Art Museum 2005; the “ABSOLUT GLASS, ABSOLUT Vodka” House & Leisure 2003; the “Czech Glass Exhibition” CONSOL Glass House, Pretoria, 1999 and “An Other Direction”, New Town Gallery in 1992.

Between 2003 and 2005, Retief has taken part in group shows at the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town; the Gallery Oriental, Rosebank in Johannesburg; the Old Arts Building, Pretoria University; at the South African Embassy week, Budapest, Hungary and was a selected Artist, Ubuntu Exhibition, Beautiful Things, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg. Before 2000, Retief has partaken in 19 exhibitions around the country.

Retief presented two seminars on Ceramics, attending one in India, entitled; “Understanding Science and Craft” at the National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADTS) in Delhi. He has been published in Gauhar Raza & Hester du Plessis’s: Science, Craft and Knowledge: “Understanding of science among artisans in India and South Africa – a cross cultural endeavour” - Technical Issues on glass manufacture in India: observations made at two different production units. He has attended various workshops overseas, including Leerdam Centre for Glass Blowing, Leerdam, Holland during 1998 and 1999, and Glass summer school, University of Wolverhampton, England in 1995 and 1996.


Posted 16 December 2008,, author: Anni Snyman

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