Aidan Smith FarewellJun 23, 2023
Battle of Delville Wood commemoratedJul 16, 2023
It is with great pride and excitement that the Senior Visual Arts Department hosted a range of diverse local artists in their classroom/exhibition space over the duration of the National Arts Festival.
Four of these artists form part of our St Andrew's College and DSG staff, Ms Chanelle Staude, Ms Juli-Anne Norton, Ms Sue Davis and Mr Greg Wilmot.
The opening of this exhibition was a huge success with many visitors and art lovers in attendance.
Ms Sue Davis, Learning Support Specialist at St Andrew's College is one of four St Andrew's and DSG staff exhibiting their art during the National Arts Festival. Find them in the Cornish Art Department in Somerset Street, next to St Andrew's Admin building. Open 9am to 5pm daily.
Sue Davies Bio: Born in Makhanda, I returned to my roots two years ago. I am a high school teacher, specialising in learning support, with no formal art qualification.
The joy of chiaroscuro inspires my art - the juxtaposition of light colliding with darkness - and colour.
I am inspired by images of resilience and hope, light in the midst of darkness. Sheep and puddles of water also feature.
My preferred mediums are oil painting, mixed media and photography.
My work is influenced by Kathe Kollwitz, George Coutouvidis, Philippa Graff and Joan Tanton-Davis.
Ms Juli-Norton, Head of Department, Visual Arts at St Andrew's College, is one of four St Andrew's and DSG staff exhibiting their art during the National Arts Festival. Find them in the Cornish Art Department in Somerset Street, next to St Andrew's Admin building. Open 9am to 5pm Daily.
I have resided in the Eastern Cape all my life. I studied Fine Art at Port Elizabeth Technikon and completed my PGCE at Rhodes University. Since I finished my studies, I have been a high school Visual Arts teacher, for the past 18 years. My paintings and drawings are inspired by the vibrancy of the South African landscape and its diverse people. The idealized and exaggerated use of colour in my work pays homage to my love and appreciation of my surroundings. We as South Africans are very privileged to live in this beautiful country we call home. My work aims to raise a positive nostalgic snapshot of beauty in moments and spaces where we as South Africans reside. My paintings and drawings are heavily influenced by the great Post Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh and the colourful Fauvist movement.
Mr Greg Wilmot, Counselling Psychologist at St Andrew's College, is one of four St Andrew's and DSG staff exhibiting their art during the National Arts Festival. Find them in the Cornish Art Department in Somerset Street, next to St Andrew's Admin building.
Greg Wilmot is a born and raised resident of Makhanda (Grahamstown) and amateur photographer.
By exploring street photography, In(terstitial)-Sight aims to investigate human positionality and the liminal ‘in-between’ urban spaces and places of Makhanda.
The images examine the artist’s personal history, the projection of barriers and power, memory anchors, and proposes an analog (re-)presentation of shifting social and living spaces.
This exhibition comes from selected 35mm images of city spaces, suburbia, and peri-urban scenes in Makhanda between 2017 and 2023.
In his private life, Greg is a parent, Psychologist, and a lover of sports, the outdoors, and history.
Ms Chanelle Staude, Visual Arts Teacher at DSG, is one of four St Andrew's and DSG staff exhibiting their art during the National Arts Festival. Find them in the Cornish Art Department in Somerset Street, next to St Andrew's Admin building. Open 9am to 5pm Daily.
I was born in East London, in the Eastern Cape, and have resided in
Makhanda (Grahamstown) for the past 10 years. I obtained a BFA (Hons) from Rhodes, graduating with distinctions in both History of Art and Painting. I have been working as a full-time fine artist for almost 30 years and have had more than 30 solo exhibitions in the Eastern Cape (many of which were at the National Arts Festival).
My artwork bears testimony to my deep Eastern Cape roots in its rich and diverse range of mediums
and my strong immediate impasto painting style. It is common for me to work very quickly, often completing my work in one sitting – the end products often radiate an energetic mood and tone. I am comfortable producing both miniature and large-scale artworks and I have been blessed to have been extremely prolific over the past 3 decades. I am adept at using many different mediums – pencil, charcoal, mixed media, collage, acrylic, and oils. I am often commissioned to produce works for private patrons and I stock two local shops with works of art.
My works are represented nationally as well as across the world. I work from my home-based studio and since January 2021 I have been a full-time Visual Arts teacher at Diocesan School for Girls (DSG)
in Makhanda. My hope is that my works instil an appreciation for our diverse and beautiful landscape as well as an intrinsic joy and delight that I hope my works exude. Apart from our beautiful landscape from which I draw my inspiration, I am also driven by my deeply-held faith and I hope that my artworks emanate and radiate this reality to the viewer.