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REUBEN NDWANDWE (article first published : 2004-04-11)

The African Art Centre’s Artist of the Year Award for 2003/2004 has been presented to Reuben Ndwandwe.

Born in Hlabisa in northern KZN, Reuben learnt basketmaking techniques from his mother and grandmother.

When he contacted TB, he was admitted to Hlabisa Hospital. Finding himself bored with nothing to do, he asked if he could weave baskets from the Ilala palm, Ikhivane and Umsingi grass. As he was unable to obtain the dyes from roots and berries, the baskets were not decorated with a pattern other than the grass itself which he developed into various patterns by overstitching. When he was discharged from hospital Reuben began making baskets for sale, using roots, berries and leaves to dye the fibres to beautiful colours.

He was an early contributor to the Vukani Association in Eshowe. Vukani was started by the Rev Tjell Lofroth of the Lutheran Church in Eshowe to encourage, promote and sell Ilala Palm baskets in the area. Reuben has taught some of his 11 children to make baskets as well as other members of his community.

The award focuses on issues that empower creativity in KZN and aims to extend the public definition of what the African Art Centre stands for.

The African Art Centre Award supports an artist for the period of one year with a monthly stipend of R2,000 a month to enable him or her to have the wherewithal to concentrate on his craft or art. As the work is produced the African Art Centre purchases some of the work to give the artist added support.

Artists must be of mature age and mature as an artist/crafts person. Taken into account are capacity, visibility, innovation and vision as well as consistent production over a number of years. They must have made a historic contribution to art or craft and be seen to be passing on their skills and knowledge to their community.

Reuben Ndwandwe has appeared on the Vulamehlo - Open Eye exhibition presented by the African Art Centre and the Alliance Française at the Durban Art Gallery in 1990; the African Art Centre’s basket competition and exhibition in 1996 when he was the prizewinner for the small basket category, and the 1997 FNB Vita Crafts exhibition in Pretoria.

He is featured in the collections of the Durban Art Gallery, the Vukani Museum in Eshowe, and in the Metropolitan Museum of African and Oceania, New York.

An exhibition of his baskets will open at The African Art Centre on April 21. More details from Anthea Martin, AAC Director on tel/fax 031 304 7915.




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