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Thupelo Arts workshop for King’s School

Thupelo Arts workshop

A Thupelo Arts workshop is to be hosted at King’s School in Nottingham Road from April 1-14, 2019.

After working in a regional Thupelo workshop in Cape Town last year, a few artists from Durban suggested that they host a regional workshop in Durban. The success of this led to the idea of hosting an international Thupelo workshop at King’s School this year.

Part of an international network, Thupelo is a two-week workshop that provides artists from diverse cultural, national and social backgrounds with a rare opportunity to work with fellow artists in an intense, yet supportive environment. Workshops are designed to encourage exchange of ideas and experiences, resulting in personal artistic growth.

A founder member of Thupelo, Bill Ainslie was a fine art graduate from the University of Natal (UKZN) and taught at Michaelhouse. He was a friend of John and Mary Carlyle Mitchell, the founders of King’s School.


With this history in mind it seemed appropriate for the two projects to partner in this extraordinary meeting of multimedia artists.

In the late 1970s John Carlyle Mitchell and Bill Ainslie initiated and established non-institutionalised platforms to encourage inclusive education. Their projects and places of learning included anyone with a desire to learn; there were no race, creed of cultural barriers, rather a celebration of interactive learning.

The Thupelo workshops have been involved locally, in Africa and abroad for the past 40 years. King’s school will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022. It is with great excitement and respect that this workshop acknowledges the legacy of these two men.

**The Thupelo workshop at King’s will culminate with an Open Day on April 13 from 10am.

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