2006 November

Anthony Nkotsi (Johannesburg)
Avhashoni Mainganye    (Limpopo)
Baron Kambarami (Zimbabwe)
Chike Chinazom Obeagu (Nigeria)
Haji Mussa Chilonga (Tanzania)
Joseph Mwayele KoiI (Kenya)
Julie McGee (USA)
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya) 
Maryann Muthoni (Kenya)
Pro Mgcineni Sobopha (E Cape)
Robert Davies (United Kingdom)
Samuel Githui (Kenya)
Velile Soha (Cape Town)
Gordon Mbatha (Rorke’s Drift)
Isaiah Buthelezi (Rorke’s Drift)
joel Sibisi (Rorke’s Drift) 
Lindumusa Mabaso (Rorke’s Drift)
Mbongeni Buthelezi (Rorke’s Drift)
Vusi Zwane (Rorke’s Drift)
M-afrika Mtiya (KwaZulu Natal)
Gabi Nkosi (KwaZulu Natal)
Petros Ghebrehiwot (Eritrea) 
Retsepile Moholi (Lesotho)  
William Zulu (Vryheid)
Ndwamato Tshivhandakano (Limpopo)

The 2006 Thupelo International workshop took place at Rorke’s Drift from November 11th to November 25.

Many of the artists who graduated from Rorke’s Drift had been involved in Thupelo before.  Due to the concern they expressed about the Art & Craft Centre, Thupelo decided to work with Tami Jali and Christiane Voith, Centre manager, and brought artists from various backgrounds to work together for a two week period.

This was an unusual experience as most of the artists normally work alone and had little time to develop and discuss their work.  The time allowed them to interact with new people, exchange ideas, experiences, materials, skills and information.  They all did a presentation about the art in their home country to enrich their working experience and return to their communities with new information, stories and friendships.  The workshop included six artists from Rorke’s Drift and 19 others from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cape Town, Umlazi, Durban, Venda, U.K, U.S.A, Nigeria, Lesotho, Tanzania and Eritrea. The artists were selected from 51 international applications.

Tami Jali coordinated the two weeks. There was an open day on Saturday the 25th and David Koloane and Vuyile Voyiya joined the artists and visitors to view the work.

The work shop was made possible by funding from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. A special thanks went to Mr Trevor Pigg (Branch Manager) Waltons Newcastle for donating some much needed art materials.