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THEMBA SIWELA (article first published : 2005-11-4)

An exhibition of artworks by Themba Siwela, the winner of the Igalelo Lika Trevor Makhoba Art Competition, will be held at the BAT Centre.

Themba Siwela was born on April 12, 1976, in KwaMashu. He is an accomplished painter who has won several awards and his works are found in many private collections and publications. After finishing his Grade 12 at the Durban Finishing School in 1994, Themba went on to obtain experience as a freelance artist, muralist and signwriter within his hometown. This was followed by a stint as a freelance portrait artist in Johannesburg and as a freelance illustrator for Artworks Communications in Durban.

Themba has also been employed as a full time cartoonist and illustrator on the Durban Cartoonist Project.

He has won a number of awards, including first prizes at the BMW National Art Competition (1992), the Amasi Egula National Art Competition (1994), the Colgate Spread A Smile National Art Competition (1994, Second Prize 1995) and the Trevor Makhoba Legacy Art Competition (2004). He has also participated in the Comic Brew Workshop at Wits University and the Ten Years of Democracy Cartoon Workshop in Pietermaritzburg. He has also been invited by the British Council as a guest cartoonist to the British Council UKUZA Conference and as a finalist for the British Council Young Cartoonist Project in London in 2004.

Themba has also been published in a number of publications and these include the Ithunga Art project Calendar (2002), the Mamba Comix Vol 1 (2002) and Vol 2 (2003), the CHAMP (AmaQhawe Family Project booklets in 2002 and 2003), the Durban Cartoon Project Calendar (2003), the Unilever Trader Value Club, training manuals for the DramAIDe/AMREF programme (2003) and the cover design for No Woman, No World book (2005).

The exhibition of Themba Siwela’s paintings and drawings will run from November 5 to 25 in the BAT Centre’s Menzi Mcunu and Democratic Galleries. More information on 031 332 0451.




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