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Spier Wine Estate

Universal Archive: Ref 54

William Kentridge
Universal Archive: Ref 54, Linocut printed on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary , 27 x 35 cm
Image courtesy of David Krut Projects

SEE LISTING Altered Threads

Tamlin Blake
Altered Threads, Newspaper ,

SEE LISTING Still from the film '3 SAI A Rite of Passage'

Paul Emmanuel
Still from the film '3 SAI A Rite of Passage', Image courtesy Format Digital Production © Paul Emmanuel ,


Exhibition Invitation
ECC archive, photograph ,


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Various Artists at Spier Wine Estate

This winter Spier is pleased to present a series of three art exhibitions, curated on the occasion of The International Poetry Festival, ‘Dancing In Other Words’.

More than Words'
Group exhibition | Spier Manor House
10 May – 31 July 2013

 ‘Vocabulary’ or ‘visual language’ are terms often used to describe the characteristics of an artist’s practice. Analogies with words are apt within the context of art, since the use of text has been a feature of artists’ practices since the early twentieth century.

In ‘More than Words’ Spier presents a selection of artworks that explore this cross-pollination between the disciplines within a uniquely South African Context. The following artists use text as statement, as narrative, as instruction, in poetic and literary forms, or as the object of the artwork itself:

Arlene Amaler-Raviv | Olaf Bishoff | Willem Boshoff | Tom Cullberg | William Kentridge | Colin Richards

'Maanfabet: The First Letters Of Stonetalk'

An exhibition by Breyten Breytenbach | Spier Manor House
10 May – 31 July 2013

 “An ancient Swahili saying warns that he who sings bareheaded under the moon will be mad forever. And another says: Speak, or be stone forever. The works shown here, although not representative of any period, came about over many years and moons in different settings, and for a variety of purposes. I hope they also trace my ongoing efforts to learn to decipher the signs of communicating with images.” - Breytenbach

Breyten Breytenbach (b.1939) began publishing his poetry and prose in 1964. He exhibited his art in various European galleries from the early 1960’s before returning clandestinely to South Africa in 1975 to then spend seven and a half years of a nine-year conviction for Terrorism in South African prisons. He taught at various universities both in South Africa and the United States, helped bring about the Centre for Creative Arts at the Kwazulu Natal University in Durban and was a co-founder of the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal (1992). He works from Catalonia, Paris and Gorée.

'Interrupted Daydreams'
An exhibition by Liza Grobler | Spier Wine Tasting Centre
10 May – 26 July 2013

This exhibition presents a selection of mixed media drawings and beadworks, created in association with the Qubeka Bead Studio, “that dart between our tangible reality, the fantastical spaces we fabricate and the borrowed words that swim through our minds.” - Grobler

Since receiving her Masters Degree in Fine Art with distinction from Stellenbosch University, Liza Grobler (b. 1974) has dabbled in a diverse range of media, embracing bright colour and often incorporating traditional craft techniques to create site-specific work. Her art is a conversation between image, language and daily life.  Having completed numerous works in collaboration, the Qubeka Bead Studio and Grobler have established a rare working relationship.

Qubeka was founded, in association with the Jeanetta Blignaut Art Consultancy, in 2007 by the pioneering members of the original Qalo Bead Studio. Today, its principle artists, Neliswa Skiti, Nolubabalu Kanku and Mandisa Masina are training and employing other beaders in order to keep up with the demand for their highly unique works created from glass seed beads.

10 May 2013 - 31 July 2013

Tamlin Blake at Spier Wine Estate

Tamlin Blake is known for her ongoing pursuit to annul the boundaries between illustration, craft and art. Her latest body of work, 'Altered Yarns' presents a series of tapestries woven from recycled, handspun newspaper. While Blake's tapestry artworks form part of the Spier Collection, a series of drawings, limited edition prints and beadworks will also be on show.

08 March 2012 - 31 May 2012

Paul Emmanuel at Spier Wine Estate

Spier hosts the Cape leg of Paul Emmanuel’s 'Transitions' project, which documents significant events in the shifting identity of a white South African male from youth to old age, and comprises an installation of original drawings, as well as the short interpretive film 3SAI: A Rite of Passage.

The exhibition officially opens on Saturday 27th February at 3pm.

27 November 2009 - 23 March 2010

A great artist lineup at Spier Wine Estate

A major art exhibition which takes as its focus great iconic works of resistance to militarisation plus work from the younger generation opens at the Spier Wine Estate on October 30.  'Forward>March'  celebrates the 25th anniversary of the End Conscription Campaign, with an exhibition programme that includes fine art, photography and posters  Some of the artists whose work will be up are Jane Alexander, Dan Halter, Sam Nhlengethwa, Brett Murray and David Goldblatt. Not to be missed - and up for two weeks only. On the first weekend, there is also a conference and great music. For the full story go to

30 October 2009 - 15 November 2009