Professor David Andrew  - Associate Professor (Head of Division)

David Andrew studied at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, (BA Fine Arts 1985) and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, (H Dip Ed (PG) 1986; PhD 2011). He lectures in Fine Arts and Arts Education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His interest in the artist-teacher relationship has resulted in a number of projects aimed at researching, designing and implementing alternative paths for the training of arts educators and artists working in schools. In the period 2003 to 2008 he jointly co-ordinated the Curriculum Development Project Trust-Wits School of Arts partnership that developed the Advanced Certificate in Education (Arts and Culture) and the Artists in Schools and Community Art Centres programmes. Current research interests include the tracking of histories of arts education in South Africa and southern Africa more broadly; a collaborative project mapping arts education policies and practices across the African continent; the Another Road Map research project that critiques the UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education; and the On Location research project with the Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm, Sweden.

He has published visual literacy and arts education related articles in the journals Visual Communication (with Joni Brenner, 2004, and Marcus Neustetter, 2008), Assessment in Education (with members of the Wits Multiliteracies group, 2003) and English Studies in Africa (with Joni Brenner, 2007).  His most recent one-person exhibition, Misc: Recovery Room, was shown at the Standard Bank Gallery in 2009.

In 2004 he was appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Education Through Art (IJETA). He is also a member of the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) and has presented at numerous conferences including the InSEA Conference in Budapest, Hungary (July 2011) and the Arts in Society Conference also in Budapest, Hungary, (June 2013). In May 2013 he was invited to attend the World Summit for Arts Education in Munich and Wildbad-Kreuth, Germany. His most recent publication, An aesthetic language for teaching and learning: multimodality and contemporary art practice is included in the volume Multimodal approaches to research and pedagogy: Recognition, resources and access edited by Arlene Archer and Denise Newfield and published by Routledge (2014).



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Professor Walter Oltmann - Senior Lecturer

Walter Oltmann was born in Rustenburg and studied at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (B.A.Fine Arts 1981), and at the University of the Witwatersrand (M.A.Fine Arts 1985).  He has taught in the Fine Arts division at Wits University since 1989.  Walter’s main area of creative focus is in sculpture and drawing and in his own sculptural work he fabricates wire forms by hand (mostly weaving in aluminium wire) which sometimes reference local craft traditions.  He has researched and written on the use of wire in African material culture in this region and is deeply interested in the influence of these traditions in contemporary South African Art.  His drawings are also based on and explore similar references.  Using the language of craft, his artworks are always products of labour and time.  He is represented by the Goodman Gallery and exhibits regularly while also frequently working on sculpture commissions.


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Professor Jeremy Wafer - Associate Professor

 Jeremy Wafer was born in Durban in 1953 and studied at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (B.A.F.A.1979) and at the University of the Witwatersrand (B.A. Hons. in Art History 1980 and M.A. Fine Art 1987). He has taught since 1982 in the Fine Art Departments of the Technikon Natal and the Technikon Witwatersrand before being appointed Associate Professor in the School of Arts of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg from 2004 where he was Head of the Department of Fine Art and History of Art until 2010. He has exhibited regularly in South Africa and abroad, has won a number of prizes including the Sasol Wax Award and has been selected for international fellowships including the Civitella Ranieri and the Ampersand. His work is represented in the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, the South African National Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery and in many other museums and private and corporate collections.


Room 133a

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Professor Raimi Gbadamosi – Associate Professor

Raimi Gbadamosi is an artist, writer and curator. He received his Doctorate in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group 'Afroeuropeans', University of Leon, Spain, and the 'Black Body' group, Goldsmiths College, London. He is on the Editorial board of Third Text, and the boards of Elastic Residence, London, and Relational, Bristol

Recent national and international shows and events include:   Banquet, South Hill Park Bracknell, United Kingdom, 2011; Exchange Mechanism, Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland, 2010; Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Galleri Garaget Sweden, 2009; Solo, CAF, Alexandria, Egypt, 2009; ARCO Madrid 2009; Tentativa De Agotar Un Lugar Africano, CASM, Barcelona 2008; Human Cargo, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth 2007; Port City, Arnolfini, Bristol 2007. ARCO 2009, Madrid/. Work media including multiples, music, websites, writing and audience participation. Works creates debate, instead of representing preconceived concerns defined by specific social, cultural and political cant.

Books include: incredulous; ordinary people; extraordinary people; contents; Drink Horizontal; Drink Vertical; The Dreamers' Perambulator; and four word.

Recent publication contributions Include: Representing Enslavement and Abolition on Museums, Routledge 2011; Black British Perspectives, Sable, 2011.

Recent essays include: What Is This Afroeuropean?, Book Chapter; Scuffles in the Cathedral: Of Principalities and Powers, Tate Encounters; Dancing In A Space Provided, Or Running Amok, Tate Liverpool; Imagination Hits Reality: Visualising the Self in Imoinda, Goldsmiths College, London. The Not-So New Europeans, Wasafiri UK and The Delight of Giant-Slayers: Or Can Artists Commit Their Lives to Paper?, ArtMonitor, Sweden.

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Professor Karel Nel - Associate Professor

Karel Nel is an Associate Professor in the Division of Visual Arts at the Wits School of Arts. He has taught fine arts in the division since the early 80s. Nel is a respected collector of African, Asian and Oceanic art with a particular interest in currencies. Southern African material is his area of expertise, and he acts as an advisor to a number of national and international museums on their collections of African art. He has also been part of curatorial teams for major international exhibitions on early Zulu, Tsonga and Shangaan art, and has contributed to numerous publications on this material. He is interested in early Modernism in South Africa with a particular focus on Preller, Battiss, Villa and the Amadlozi Group. Karel Nel is a practising artist who exhibits regularly and is represented in many museums. He is well known for large public commissions at home and abroad. He has over many years been interested in the interface between art and science and this ongoing investigation has led to his inclusion as artist-in-residence in the COSMOS project, one of the most comprehensive astronomy projects ever undertaken. The Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) is a project that is involved in mapping galaxies and clusters of galaxies in a two-degree square area of the sky.



Room 318

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Jo Ractliffe - Senior Lecturer

For three decades, Jo Ractliffe’s photographs have reflected her ongoing preoccupation with the South African landscape and the ways in which it figures in the country’s imaginary – particularly, the violent legacies of apartheid. Since 2007 her work has focussed on the aftermath of the war in Angola, a conflict South Africa was intricately involved in. Following Terreno Ocupado (2008) and As Terras do Fim do Mundo (2010), her recent work, The Borderlands (2013), looks at spaces within South Africa that were caught up in the mobilisation and aftermath of that war.

Recent exhibitions include: Apartheid and After, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014); The Borderlands (solo show), Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2013); Transition: Social Landscape, Recontres d’Arles (2013); Present Tense, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2013); Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany (2013); My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2013); Unstable Territory: Borders and Identity in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Venice (2013); Making History, Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2012); Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, International Centre of Photography, New York (2012); Topographies de la Guerre, Le Bal, Paris (2011); Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen (2011); Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, V&A Museum, London (2011).

Ractliffe works with Rory Bester on PhotoFocus, a pedagogy platform for taking photography education across disciplines, histories, spaces and experiences. She also teaches at the Market Photo Workshop and serves on the Advisory Board. She conducts lectures, workshops and short courses at many tertiary institutions in South Africa and has initiated a number of independent public and educational projects. In 2010 she was awarded a Writing Fellowship at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER); in 2011 and 2012, she was invited to teach at the Salzburg Summer Academy. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town.


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Natasha Christopher - Senior Tutor

Natasha Christopher is an artist working in photography. She holds an MA(FA) from Wits (2007) and completed her undergraduate studies, majoring in sculpture,  at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (1991). Natasha teaches photography and runs the third year Design and Drawing program in the Division. In 2008-2009 she ran the Beyond the line drawing project which explored contemporary and historical dimensions of drawing and edited the Beyond the Line Catalogue. She has won a number of awards including The Everard Read Art Award and three ABSA Atelier Merit Awards.  Solo exhibitions include Mine (2010) Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg; “It’s your picture, but my image” (2005) at the Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg; and River (2004) at the Sub-Station Gallery, Wits University.



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Donna Kukama – Lecturer

Born in 1981 in Mafikeng, South Africa, Donna Kukama is a creative practitioner working in performance, video, and sound. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais in Sierre (Switzerland) in 2008 under MAPS (Master of Arts in the Public Sphere) and joined the WITS School of Arts in 2011. 

Kukama has presented work in various group exhibitions, including My Joburg at the Maison Rouge and Staatliche Kunstsammlugen (2013), Connections at the Kunsthalle Luzern (2012), and On Screen: Global Intimacy at the Krannert Art Museum (2009) and Bermuda National Gallery (2011). She has participated and performed in various art fairs, including the Joburg Art Fair in 2009, 2012, and 2013, Art Miami 2009, and ARCO Madrid 2010. Her performance-based work was presented in the Biennale de Lyon as well the Venice Biennale (under the SA Pavilion) in 2013. Award nominations include the MTN New Contemporaries Award (2010), the Ernst Schering Award (2011), and the Visible Award (2011). She is the recipient of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for performance Art.

Kukama is a member of the Johannesburg based independent collective platform, the Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR), now based at WSOA


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 Zen Marie - Lecturer

Zen Marie was born in Durban South Africa, in 1980. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop in 1995 and thereafter completed a BAFA degree (with distinction) majoring in sculpture, at the University of Cape Town in 2001. Alongside this artistic training, Marie went on to pursue two post graduate studies: a two year studio residency at de-ateliers  in Amsterdam and a Masters degree at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, based at the University of Amsterdam where he graduated in 2006 (also with distinction).


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Gabi Ngcobo – Lecturer

Gabi Ngcobo is an independent curator and the co-founder of the Johannesburg based independent collective platform, the Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR). She holds a Masters degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (New York) and is a faculty member at the Wits School of Arts, University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Recently Ngcobo curated “DON’T/PANIC” an exhibition which took place at the Durban Art Gallery and coincided with COP17, the United Nations conference on Climate Change. Commissioned by the Goethe Institut, the exhibition featured 27 artists and contributors. Other curatorial projects include collaborative and individual projects: Second to None at the South African National Gallery, Olvida quen soy/ Erase me from who I am at CAAM, Canary Islands, 2006, CAPE 07 in different venues in Cape Town, 2007, Titled/Untitled, a curatorial collaboration with Gugulective collective and Scratching the Surface Vol.1 at the AVA Gallery, Cape Town. In 2010 Ngcobo co-curated Rope-a-dope: to win a losing war at Cabinet, New York, Second Coming, a curatorial collaboration at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and Just How Cold Was It?’ At ‘6-8 Months’ project space, New York City.  At CHR she curated PASS-AGES: references & footnotes at the old Pass Office and an ongoing project titled Xenoglossia, a research project. Ngcobo has given talks and lectures at various places, including “The Names We Give” at the Michaelis School of Arts, “Other Possible Worlds” at NGBK, Berlin, “The Now Museum” at the New Museum, New York, “Condition Report” at Raw Material, Dakar, “What Does an Art Institution do: How Size Matters?” at Tensta Kosnthall, Stockholm and “The Radius of Art” at the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin. 



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Dorothee Kreutzfeldt – Sessional Staff Lecturer


Dorothee Kreutzfeldt is an artist whose work over the last years has largely been defined by collaborations, often within specific urban contexts. Recent exhibitions include Rencontres PICHA – Biennale de Lumumbashi, Afropolis, in collaboration with Bettina Malcomess, at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne (2010), REFLEX/REFLEJO at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in collaboration with Marta Fernandez Calvo (2010); and also at the Temporaere Kunsthalle, Berlin in collaboration with Bettina Malcomess(2009); PROG in Bern, Switzerland (in collaboration with Visthois Mwilambwe, Kura Shomali, Raphael Urweider, Steffi Weissman, Athi Patra Ruga and Anthea Moys (2007). She had also produced solo exhibitions like the The Immanent Inauguration of the 5th Corner at the Blank Projects, Cape Town (2010) and The Virgins Are All Trimming Their Wicks at Joao Ferreira Fine Art, Cape Town (2007). Kreutzfeldt completed her MFA at the WITS School of Arts in 2004. She co-founded the Joubert Park Project in 2000, a non-profit group that set up a range of projects in inner city Johannesburg, including the development of the historic Drill Hall into a multi-use, public heritage site and cultural platform.


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Bettina Malcomess – Sessional Staff Lecturer

Bettina Malcomess works across disciplines as a writer, curator and artist. She lives between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, teaching at several institutions and across the disciplines of art, design and architecture. She is currently running the Honours Theory program at Wits School of the Arts (Johannesburg). She also teaches at the Michaelis Schools of Fine Art and UCT School of Architecture in Cape Town. Her work is performative, interdisciplinary and collaborative, engaging with public space and site-specificity. In 2010 working with architects and artists, Malcomess produced the ‘Millennium Bar’, a temporary installation in public sites that interacted with the Soccer World Cup. She co-curated the group show ‘Us’ with Simon Njami at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2009), and ‘Us- part II’ at the South African National Gallery (2010). She has worked on several collaborative, curatorial and developmental projects with the Joubert Park Project, based at the Drill Hall in inner city Johannesburg, setting up the Keleketla! Library with Ra Hlasane at the Drill Hall. Malcomess is a member of the collective

Doing it for Daddy (winners of Spier Contemporary Art Award in 2007). Malcomess has written for several artist catalogues, as well as consistently for South African art publications, including Sue Williamson’s South African Art Now. In 2010 she was awarded a joint fellowship with performance artist Peter Van Heerden at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (Cape Town). They produced a site-specific performance titled ‘Monument’ at the Castle of Good Hope. Malcomess works in performance under the name Anne Historical.


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Niall Bingham – Printmaking Technician

Niall Bingham was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1981, where he studied Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completing his BAVA (Hons) in 2005.  Whilst studying printmaking under Vulindlela Nyoni, he developed a passion for the medium and its processes.  He spent his second year of studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan on an exchange program, learning Japanese and training in Sumi-e painting and Ceramics.

His interest in printmaking led him to the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, where he collaborated and printed for top South African artists including William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Paul Stopforth, Willem Boshoff, David Koloane and many others. 

He joined the W.S.O.A team at the beginning of 2011 as the Printmaking Technician, where he continues to manage printmaking affairs and produce his own work.  He is currently completing his MAFA, and is an active member on the Bag Factory selection committee.



Francis Burger – Exhibitions coordinator

Francis Burger, born 1986 in Tshwane, is an artist living and working in Johannesburg. Burger studied toward her undergraduate BA in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria and at the University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 2007. She received a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town in 2010. 

Burger is a co-founder of the Independent Publishing Project, 2011 - with Jonah Sack - and has exhibited in South Africa and the Netherlands. She collaborates frequently with other artists, and has produced research works in consultation with Artist Proof Studios, and the Keleketla! Media Arts Project in Johannesburg, amongst others. Burger is studying toward a Masters in History at the University of the Witwatersrand and currently works at the Wits School of Arts as the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Division of Visual Arts. 



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Rangoato Hlasane – Lecturer

Rangoato Hlasane (b.1981 - Polokwane) is a cultural worker, writer, illustrator, DJ and educator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a masters degree from the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. He is the co-founder of Keleketla! Library, an independent and interdisciplinary library based in Joubert Park, Johannesburg. His design and illustration work includes the public campaign for the one-day only newspaper titled The Chronic (2011) by the Cape Town-based pan-African journal, Chimurenga. His independent publication, CCTV surveys current practice in Johannesburg and elsewhere, borrowing from the Medu Art Ensemble Newsletters (1979-1984) ethos and aesthetics. As Mma Tseleng, he DJ’s and performs sonic lectures to expand his research into the social, political and economic significance of South African music, with Kwaito at the centre of this lifelong engagement. His research and writing into South African music histories is published in two books published in 2013; No Not Place by Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Bettina Malcomess and the bilingual Space Between Us edited by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet. He has presented sonic talks at events such as the '10 Cities' public sphere symposium and concert in Kenya, 'Year After Zero' conference in Germany and the education symposium of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul in Brazil. Previous and ongoing projects include a mixtape and cassette sleeve publication titled Hillbrow: The Map, produced on occasion of the Independent Publishing Project and the Thath ‘i Cover Okestra, an evolving orchestra that investigates the meaning of Kwaito music for a new generation, co-curated with Malose Malahlela.



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Shogan Ganas Naidoo

 Shogan Ganas Naidoo is an artist working in photography and video. He completed his Fine Art bachelors at the University of Witwatersrand and later completed a course in filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. He is the 2013/14 recipient of the Tierney Fellowship at Wits University and is currently reading towards his Masters of Fine Art at the same university.








Mr Ben Law-Viljoen -Chief Technician/Workshop Manager


Mpumelelo Godfrey Mahlangu -Workshop Assistant

Born 1968 in Pimville, Johannesburg. Godfrey Mahlangu studied in Limpopo and has been working since 2009 as workshop and exhibitions assistant in the division of Fine Art. Aside from this Godfrey pursues youth leadership activities, especially coaching a youth soccer team, Kliptown community Football club. In addition he has coached Kliptown Ganal Oil football club  



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Ms Modiegi Matilda Nong – Administrative Secretary

Matilda Nong began her career at Wits working in the Social Anthropology department in 1997 and has been Administrative Secretary at Wits School of Arts since 2002.  Matilda is secretary to the Division of Visual Arts, and to Heritage Studies.

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Vincent Baloyi – Technical assistant

Vincent Baloyi was born on 4 February 1954 in Newclare, Johannesburg. Baloyi first attended school in Soweto where his family moved in 1961. He studied art at the Fred Clarke Higher' Primary School in Soweto and completed Standard VI. In 1972 he met Eric Mbatha and began studying under him at the YWCA in Dube, Soweto. In 1974 Baloyi embarked on the two-year course at Rorke's Drift. On completion of the course the following year, Baloyi joined the National Arts Society and the SAAA 'and began working full-time as an artist. In 1981 he began teaching art, at the Open School until 1986 and then at FUBA until 1987. In 1986 he joined FUNDA as a Guest Artist. He is currently the technical assistant at the Fine Art department at WITS.


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