Athol will write the Foreword for the book
Athol Williams is a multi-award winning author who has published 11 books and had over 100 poems published in literary journals. He is the only person to have won the Sol Plaaitjie European Union Poetry Award twice and the only person worldwide to earn five masters degrees from five of the world’s top-ranked universities, namely Harvard, Oxford, MIT, LSE and London Business School. Athol is a Senior Lecturer at UCT and Chairman of literacy NGO, Read to Rise.
With extensive knowledge and experience in the South African art world, Bradley Twaddle embraces every opportunity to educate both locals and international visitors about South African art culture. He nurtures the relationships he has developed with local artists, and delights in hosting art collectors and enthusiasts - offering them an elite artsy experience when visiting the beautiful Cape region.
Brendan Bell Brendan Bell was Director of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg from 1992 to 2018. During that time he and his staff made additions to the Gallery’s permanent collection which expanded the original European core collection. These additions reflect historical and contemporary developments in South African art production, particularly of KwaZulu-Natal. He initiated, contributed to, and edited many publications for temporary exhibitions and will edit the WKA publication.
Initiator and Driver
Having spent much of her career in advertising and publishing, Carmen Brander is best known as a designer and creative director, with a flair for concepts. However, her passion lies in working with artists at every level, from vulnerable children in townships to prestige exhibitions for established South African and international artists. Her own work includes large scale public art works, as well as her delightfully quirky paintings inspired by the children she has worked with. These can be found in both local and international collections.
As a private banker, Else Herrmann has liaised with some of South Africa’s most avid art collectors. She understands the importance of art as investment and her own private art collection boasts enviable works by some of South Africa’s most renowned artists. Else has traveled extensively, having visited every continent, bar Antarctica, and over twenty-five countries. On her trips, she always keeps a keen eye open for exceptional works of art. Else sits on the WKA advisory panel.
A photolithographer by trade, Garth Kemp joined the printing industry where he earned his reputation as a colour specialist. He managed some of the most reputable repro-houses before moving into advertising and publishing. He has trained numerous young designers and even professional photographers in both manual and digital colour manipulation. Garth is an astute collector of South African art, particularly finding value in the work of young, emerging artists.
Melanie Veness is a feisty advocate for business, equality and justice, and is driven to contribute to meaningful societal change. She is the CEO of PMCB, and Vice Chair of the Association of South African Chambers (ASAC). She chaired the Chamber CEO’s Forum at the South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI) for several years, and is currently the chair of the local South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) branch. Melanie is a creative, hands-on organiser, with a passion for the arts, and enjoys working on projects in support of local artists.
When Nomaza Coupez left South Africa to live in France, she realised the significance of culture as a vehicle to empower young people. Seeing that African artists are not adequately represented in Europe, and how that could promote cross-cultural understanding, she launched Undiscovered Canvas. In 2017 Nomaza was appointed by French President Mr Emmanuel Macron to serve on the Conseil Presidential pour Afrique (CPA), to advise on contemporary African culture and education.
Sponsorships & Sales
After many successful years in sales, Pat Franken’s entrepreneurial spirit and love of sales and publishing drove her to start her own media business. Not only does she have her own array of magazines, and vanity publishing business, she sells advertising for five other businesses as well. Each year Pat achieves that extra level of commitment, adding to her stable of business offerings. She is an inspiration to South African women, proving what can be done if one tries. Pat sources funding for the WKA project.
Susie Goodman has a broad knowledge of the art market and extensive experience in the art world, both locally and internationally. As a qualified auctioneer, Susie has conducted auctions in the salerooms of both Strauss & Co and Christie’s, and has been involved in record-breaking sales. Susie specialises in client advisory services. She has a particular passion for advising on the building of new collections.
Terry King was Professor in Art History and Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to that, he taught at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and South Africa, and at the Natal Technikon. Undoubtedly, his teaching and mentorship of so many students has left an indelible influence and life-long appreciation of fine art. Terry has participated in approximately 50 group exhibitions and 14 joint or one-person exhibitions.
Wilhelm van Rensburg is a prolific champion of art across a broad spectrum of channels. Early on, Wilhelm decided to complement his initial career path in education with various activities related to the dissemination and understanding of art. He was the chief art critic for Beeld newspaper for ten years before moving into freelance curating. Wilhelm joined Strauss & Co as an Art Specialist in 2016.