Nontobeko Ntombela

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communication, identity, spirituality, tradition, transformation
Visual Arts (curating art, drawing, etching, mural painting, painting, photography, printmaking, woodcut)
Africa, Southern
South Africa
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Nontobeko Ntombela is a young, socially engaged visual artist living and working in Durban, South Africa. She was born in 1982 and is currently completing a BA in Fine Arts at Techinikon Natal. She works in printmaking and other 2-D media and has curated several art exhibitions. She worked with the Artists for Human Rights organisation in South Africa on the ‘Break the Silence’ HIV/AIDS awareness billboard art project. She was invited to spend four months in Scotland in 2002 as artist in residence with two leading arts institutions, teaching printmaking and making work.
Nontobeko Ntombela was born in 1982 in Durban and is a committed young visual artist who has worked with several noteworthy art institutions and international projects to date. She is based in Durban where she is currently studying for a BA in Fine Arts at Techinikon Natal. She works in printmaking and other 2-D media and has curated several art exhibitions.

Ntombela worked with the Artists for Human Rights organisation in South Africa in 2001/02. During this period she curated local and international exhibitions and managed the ‘Break the Silence’ residency project. This brought together more than thirty well-known artists from ten countries to contribute billboard images on the theme of HIV/AIDS awareness and resulted in a powerful touring exhibition.

As an emerging artist herself, Ntombela was selected for a four month residency in Scotland in 2002/03. She was hosted by Dundee University’s School of Art as printmaker in residence. In the second phase, she was artist in residence at Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries and Galloway, teaching printmaking at local high schools. The ‘Break the Silence’ residency was funded by the partners, Visiting Arts UK and the National Arts Council of South Africa.

At present, Nontobeko Ntombela is a part-time facilitator at the BAT Centre in Durban, working as curator at Menzi Mchunu Gallery and Democratic Gallery and teaching art on the 2003 Residency programme. She is also an art teacher for an organisation called Young People for Change in KwaMashu Area, has worked on community mural projects and done other design work in Natal. She has worked at Durban Institute of Technology as an assistant lecturer, teaching paper-making and printmaking.
Author: Judith Staines


Young South African artist Nontobeko Ntombela was born in 1982 in Durban. She is currently studying for a BA in Fine Arts at Techinikon Natal in Durban. She has been involved with the Artists for Human Rights association, curating exhibitions and managing projects in South Africa in 2001/02. She was invited to Scotland in 2002 for a four-month residency in two centres, making art and running printmaking workshops as part of the ‘Break the Silence’ HIV/AIDS awareness project. She currently works with the BAT Centre in Durban and teaches on their residency programme.



Production / Performance,
2002 BAT Centre, Durban; ran workshops and made artworks and banner for women´s week. 2002 HIV/AIDS banner for world conference, City Hall, Durban 2002 Community mural projects with Warwick Junction, Durban. Workshop with herb traders in producing billboard artworks. 2001 HIV/AIDS awareness mural and children´s art workshops for Ithembalethu Welfare Services at Umkhumbane Primary School, Durban 2001 Mural project for University of Natal Rowing Club 2001 Mural painting for Transition Night Glub, Durban


Exhibition / Installation,
2002 Women´s Day, Bat Centre, Durban (solo exhibition) 2001 African Art Centre, Durban 2001 NSA Gallery, Durban 2001 ´Red Eye´, end of year exhibition


2002/03 ´Break the Silence´ international residency, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries & Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee, Scotland, UK
2001 Prize for Best Student in Printmaking


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Break the Silence

(10 October 02 - 31 January 03)


Artists Human Rights Trust

University of Dundee

Press release for Breaking the Silence exhibition
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