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Exhibition: Adelle van Zyl

  • Venue: UNISA Art Gallery (Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, UNISA, Preller St, Pretoria)
  • Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017 (Exhibition from 1 - 21 April 2017)
  • Time: 10:30
  • Cost: Lunch afterwards at own cost at Cafe 41 in Groenkloof
  • RSVP: To Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

About the event:

Adelle van Zyl is an illustrator of children’s books and graphic designer. She will walk the attendees through the exhibition and talk about the artworks on display.

Press Release for S(H)ELVES

For what you really collect is always yourself” (Baudrillard 1996)

In her Masters Degree exhibition titled S(H)ELVES, Adelle van Zyl engages with the phenomena of collecting and hoarding on a personal level. Through intra- and interpersonal relationships with her father, her husband, and herself, she explores how people surround themselves with objects that become a reflection of their owner.

Through the medium of installation the artist invites the viewer to immerse themselves in the density of these persons’ living spaces, offering a glimpse into their complex and idiosyncratic personas. The exhibition aims to offer a sympathetic view of anyone who was ever faced with a mass of objects that are, on the surface, meaningless, but really form the fabric of their lives.

In 'The Collector', the artist created an almost exact replica of her father’s study. Through the sourcing of near identical items she constructs a one-to-one scale map. The main theme that is deliberated through this installation are the concepts of progression and regression. The completion of the collection becomes an important factor in this work, as Van Zyl’s father is in the process of completing his collection, in order to bequeath it to his grandchildren.

The Quiet Man is based on the artist’s husband and their struggle to communicate within their relationship. The installation is an exaggeration of his assemblage of “stuff”: pc components and cables are applied as media and as metaphor for broken communication. Through this installation the artist considers how their combined hobby – birding - can be seen as a way of collecting, but also as a channel for communication.

The Pockets Of My Jeans consists of a very personal and meaningful collection of yellow items from the artist’s past, stacked and layered in a column stretching from floor to ceiling. Within this work the artist explores the idea that meaning is created through our collections of objects – the basis of her search for a spirituality that exists outside of formal religion.

After viewing the exhibition, attendees are invited to lunch at a restaurant nearby.

This event is for illustrators and writers. All welcome.

Logo: The Storyteller Pod

Children’s book related events/courses to be held in Gauteng

The Storyteller Pod presents various script-writing courses.

  • For more information, contact Natasje: natasje@thestorytellerpod.com

Children’s book related events

15-18 May 2016 - Franschoek Literary Festival Book Week for Young Readers

(If you are interested in being part of this initiative, please contact lesley@lesleybeake.co.za stating which of the four days would be best for you. They are trying to begin with younger children on Day One (15th May) and progress towards teenagers on Day Four (18th May).

15-18 June 2017 - SA Children’s Book Fair with the theme, Back to Basics: Bring back the culture of reading.

See www.sachildrenbookfair.co.za

31 Aug to 3 Sept 2017 - Jozi Book Fair

See www.jozibookfair.org.za

Logo: Crystal Kite Award, SCBWI

Competitions / Awards

Crystal Kite Award

Voting begins on 1st April, see www.scbwi.org

Logo: Maskew Miller Longman

MML Children’s Fiction competition

Closing date: 2 May 2017.

See www.mml.co.za


An international competition hosted by Protea Bookhuis together with Lemniscaat publishers in the Netherlands, Boje Verlag in Germany and Walker Books in the UK.

A wonderful opportunity for South African illustrators to gain international exposure and recognition. The five finalists will take part in an international travelling exhibition and their work will be part of an international catalogue, presented to the top international publishers at the Bologna Book Fair this year.

Logo: Protea Boekhuis

Deadline 15 May 2017.

See www.picturethis-illustrationcompetition.com for more information.

For reviews of children’s books, see www.puku.co.za

To download free books, visit www.bookdash.org

Please visit www.SCBWIGauteng.blogspot.com for news, reports of events and links to other children’s book related sites.

Also see www.scbwi.za.org for national news and www.scbwi.org for international news, competitions and events around the world.

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