People, Prints and Process

Twenty-Five years at Caversham

Twenty-five is a number with a history and a future. It invites us to review two and a half decades, interpret the past, examine the present and plan a future.

The Caversham Press, founded in 1985 by Malcolm Christian in KwaZulu-Natal, has a memorable history. This is being celebrated in an exhibition of over 100 works by more than 70 artists.

'People, Prints and Process – Twenty-Five years at Caversham' tells a remarkable story about the processes of human interaction and empowerment generated through collaborative work underpinned by exacting design and printing processes (etching, lithography, screen-print, linocut). The journey undertaken by Malcolm Christian was guided by his belief in human creativity, and summed up in the word 'masabelaneni' (let us share). Christian has shared his technical expertise and inventiveness with the artists who have visited Caversham. In 1985 most of them were formally trained artists; now they are largely black artists and students from KwaZulu-Natal who experience the joy of learning new visual communication skills from a dedicated teacher in the tranquil studios of rural Caversham.

Bonnie Ntshalintshali: Jonah (silkscreen print)


Malcolm Christian will conduct a walkabout of the exhibition and explain the achievements of the centre in the last twenty-five years. The walkabout will allow the public to engage with him on the new role the centre has taken on through its outreach programmes such as 'Masabelaneni' (let us share) and 'Gabisa-Indlela' which was initiated by the late Gabisile Nkosi and Vulindlela Nyoni, former printmaking lecturer at the Centre for Visual Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Early in 2011 artists from this programme took part in an international prints exhibition in the USA.

Artists in Residence Programme

The artists from Caversham Press will conduct interactive workshops with not more than 10 participants. They will demonstrate various printmaking techniques and processes based on works on the exhibition. Participants have to bring with them protective clothes such as aprons, or an old T-shirt. Rubber or latex gloves are recommended. Printmaking materials will be provided.

Booking is essential. Contact Thulani or Pinky at 033 392 2801

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