Jill Trappler has worked as an artists and craft person in various projects over the past thirty years. These include, Thupelo, Greatmore Street (she is a founder member of both) and Bag Factory studios. (She was a Board member of all three). Jill served on the Board of the Ava gallery and the NAC.
Jill established the Philani weaving project and the Intle cooperative project in Site B and Philippi; the Philani clinic in Khayelitsha has a sustainable weaving project. The art studio initiative at Valkenberg grew out of workshops coordinated at the hospital. (This project started as an Outreach initiative of the AVA gallery)
She has worked as an unqualified OT at Baragwaneth (1976/77) and at Groot Schuur OT department as a part time lecturer. Jill has lectured at UCT summer school.
She exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad. Her solo exhibitions are numerous and continue to be a priority in her practice.
The combinations of project work, teaching and personal practice has a significant impact. Interactive, exchanging skills and ideas with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences plus daily involvement in making art/craft push the levels of creative life style, education and product development.
1957 – 4 – 15 Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
1975- 1979: Bill Ainslie, Johannesburg Art Foundation,
1975- 1978: UNISA, three years BA and FA subjects
Apprentice in various craft studios, including weaving, ceramics, dying, spinning, knitting, fabric painting/printing, embroidery, sewing, beading.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
February 2016: The Cape Town Art Fair, Seippel gallery (C3)
February 2016: That Art Fair, Cape Town, February 2016
February 2016: Gallery Mojo, Dubai
February 2016: Kim Sack Gallery Johannesburg
February 2016: AVA gallery Cape Town
May 2015: AVA, Unfolding her
May/June 2015: Canteen Arts on main
2013: Knysna fine arts Gallery, Knysna, Western Cape
2012: Casa Labia gallery, Muizenberg, Cape Town
2010: Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town
2010: SMAC Stellenbosch
2009: SMAC Stellenbosch, Abstract art in South Africa, pre 1990.
2008: Joe Wolpe selects Jill Trappler’s work for show at the AVA, Cape Town
2008: Studio exhibition, Orange Street Studios, Gardens, Cape Town
2007: Bag Factory Gallery, Johannesburg
2007: Kwazulu, Natal Association of Arts Gallery (KZNSA), Durban
2006: Bellville Art, (Art B) Cape Town
2003: Fordsburg artist’s studio (Bag Factory Gallery,) Johannesburg
2002: Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, KZN
2000: Prime Art Gallery, Cape Town
1995: Gallery International, Cape Town
1990 – Ongoing every two years: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery ( AVA Gallery), Cape Town.
Selected Group Shows:
December 2018: AVA
October 2018: Greatmore Sheet
Nov 2018: Africa Nova
July 2018: Artvark
November 2017: Threads run through us; backpackers, Buitengracht street, Cape Town.
November 2017: Through lines; Curated by Lindsey O’Connor for Greatmore street event space.
October 2017: Pieces of Eight, Africa Nova
September 2017: Abstraction. For the Marilyn Martin lecture series. Greatmore street event space.
September 2017: Drought, Artvark, Kalk Bay, Cape Town.
August 2017: AVA Salon exhibition
2017: Cape Town art fair; Seippel gallery
2017: Greatmore street studios; @large group exhibitions.
2017: Turbine art fair; LL editions.
2016: Cape Town Art Fair (Seippel gallery)
2016: Irma stern gallery. Unfolding into spring.
2016: AVA gallery. Eunice Geustyn and Jill Trappler, half-light and shadows.
2014: Seeking Eden Casa Labia, Muizenberg
2014: Equus gallery, Cavalie estate. Cape Town
2013: Imibala, Somerset West
2013: Somerset West, Western Cape. Imibala Gallery
2013: Cape Town Art Fair (INC) 1990, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2007, 2011 Thupelo workshop exhibitions
2012: In Bloom 2 Casa labia gallery Cape Town
2012: Cape Town, Casa Labia Gallery
2012: Prince Albert festival. Western Cape (Vulnerable Landscape)
2011: Finland (waters/Vasia)
2011, 12,13: Johannesburg Art Fair/Seippel gallery
2010: Thupelo, Greatmore street Cape Town 2010 WATERS/VASIA, AVA Cape Town, Durban Art …JHB Bag Factory.
2010: Cape Town, Durban Art space Gallery …JHB Bag Factory. (Vasia/waters)
2010: Stellenbosch, Spier Gallery (end conscription Campaign)
2010: Cape Town, (these four walls)
2010: Cape Town, Greatmore street Gallery
2009: 7th annual British International mini print exhibition
2008: Group show of non figurative work, Seippel gallery JHB
2007,08,09: Lessedra contemporary art projects, Bulgaria.
2008, 09: 7th British international mini print exhibition.
March 2008 2004: “time, memory and desire” Standard Bank gallery JHB
2004: “strangers” a group show including artists from SA, New Zealand and Canada.
2004: Cape Town; SA, New Zealand and Canada. (Strangers)
2004: Johannesburg, Standard Bank Gallery, (time, memory, desire)
2002: The mythic image, Bellville, Cape 2001 3/3 AVA
2002: Cape Town ART B, (the mythic image)
2002: Wales (Spirit of the place).
2001: Brain Storm, Cape Town
2001: Cape Town AVA Gallery. (Spirit of the place)
2001: Cape Town AVA Gallery (Brain storm)
2001: Cape Town AVA Gallery (3/3)
2001/2002: Spirit of the Place, with artists from Wales
1999: Workshop show, Kampala, Uganda.
1998: Group show in Switzerland
1996: Thupelo International workshop exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine art UCT
1994: Group show in Munich Switzerland 1991 Newtown gallery, JHB
1988: Johannesburg FUBU Gallery, Newtown
1991: Johannesburg Newtown Gallery
1994: Switzerland, Munich
1996: Cape Town. Michaelis School of Fine art, University of Cape Town
1998: Selected artist show at Munich Book Fair. Switzerland
1999: Uganda, Kampala.(Workshop exhibition)
Work Experience Teaching
1976, 1977: (FUBA) The Federated Union for Black artists.
Johannesburg Art Foundation Johannesburg School for Autism Johannesburg, Newtown Indian primary school.
1981 to 1984: Cape Town, Private studio and CAP
1998: Pietermaritzburg, KZN Tatham Gallery Workshop for local artists.
2000: Zurich Workshop for Peace movement.
2000 – 2005: Cape Town South African National gallery Annex. Part time classes.
2003, 2008: Cape Town, Orange street open studios.
2009: ongoing Art Source studio Observatory
2011: Philani employment project
2013, 2014, 2015: Thupelo coordinator
Thupelo assembly for Triangle network participants
Print workshop with Joe Leshoka at the Bag factory studio
2017: UCT summer school
2017: FynArts festival Hermanus; workshop
January 2017: part time director Greatmore street studios/Thupelo workshop projects.
1980: Co founder Thupelo Cape town workshops
1985: Part-time to 2013 Philani Project Khayelitsha
1985 – To date: Thupelo Workshop project
1985 – 2018: Greatmore Street Artists Studios
1986: Thupelo International Art Workshop Project.
1995: Launch of Greatmore street Studios project
1998: Transfigurative exhibition, AVA
1998 – 2010: On going Bag Factory Artists Studios
2007: Triangle Africa Arts Trust conference in Cape Town.
2010, 2012: Group exhibition at the Spanish Ambassadors’ Residence, Cape Town
2010: Ariel Worker’s Day Festival
2011: Creative Blocks – 2010 on going Thupelo Workshop Project – 1
2012: Contemporay South African ArtistS 2, DMEC, Devon Learning & Development Partnership
2012 & 2014: Group Exhibition @ the Residency of the Spanish Embassy –
2013: Summer School – 2013 (previous years)
2014 March, 5th – 7th: Cavesham Press , 3 Day Residency Prince Albert Festival
2015: Water and me; partnership with Greatmore street studio s and UCT Chemical engineering department.
2017: Thupelo, managing trustee for the project including Nyanga workshop
1991: Cape Town Exhibition coordinator. Valkenburg hospital at UCT
1997: Switzerland for Pro Helvetia; studio exchange programs
2009, 2010: Echo shelter project. Coral, crocheting project.
2009: Real stories gallery website; HIV in the SADAC region
2010: Philani employment project
2016/2017: Greatmore street studios.
2006: Occupational Therapy Department, Groote Schuur Hospital
2010: Drawing project. Ruth Prowse School of art. Cape Town.
2013: Part time lecturer Michaelis art school, UCT Lecturing at UCT Summer School, (2000 to 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014, 2015)
2006: Documentary video on GMS and Thupelo
2005, 2007: Research and interviews for book about Bill Ainslie
2007: Appointed to attend a donors meeting in Amsterdam, Arts Collaboratory
2012/2014: Publications x 3 Mike Gardiner, (Bill Ainslie) Robert Loder, (various local artists) Bag Factory; (Greatmore street.)
2012: Benetton’s; 10 x 12 @ SA
2015: Making art in Africa, Polly savage.
1981-84: Cape Town Community Arts Project (CAP) Facilitator
1995: Uganda, participant and facilitator
1996: Johannesburg.. Thupelo (participant)
2014: Mauritius Triangle workshop; I was not able to attend. Cavasham press, KZN; two weeks print making
2015: Triangle New York. Salem September
1975,76: Professional weaver for Peter Soldartis, Helen de Leeuw plus private Clients
1976,77,78: Baragwanath hospital, Soweto, (occupational therapy department)
1980: Devon UK. The Care Village; art/craft studio facilitator London; Adult Institute Islington (weaving) St Helena Island and Tristan de Cunha island
1981: Hannes Hares, weaving studio Cape Town.
1981: Philani Nutrition Clinics Crossroads and Khayelitsha.
1980: Established the Intle weaving co-operative, Crossroads. Cape Town Establishing the Wolani papier-mâché project for HIV
1987: Cape Town Flagship, printmaking Employment project,. Crossroad
1995,96: Cape Town Facilitator De Lorentz Clinic
1995: Cape Town Established art studios at Valkenburg hospital..
1998, 2008: Cape Town Philani nutrition clinic, Greatmore street studios
2014, 2015 and 2016: Resident artist at Greatmore street studios
1996- 2007: Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town. 1
996-2009: Trustee and committee/founder member: Greatmore Street Studios.
1988: on going Coordinator of the Thupelo workshops Cape Town.
2002, 03: Appointed to the Board of the National arts Council
2007: ongoing Board member of Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg
2007: Selection panel, Commonwealth foundation awards
2009: Chair of Africa region Commonwealth Foundation awards
Making art in Africa isbn 9781848221512
South africa: 10 x 12@SA isbn 9788898764099
Abstract by Nature Oct 2005 AVA in partnership with Spier
Notions of being/moments of being isbn 9783940440
Unfolding Her copyright Jill trappler 2015
Familiar places. copyright Jill Trappler 2015
Familiar places. copyright jill Trappler 2012
William (Bill) Ainslie isbn 9780620655972
Mantis volume 26 Number 2 winter 2015
Busan Biennale 2008 Expenditure
Art South Africa August 2015, Marilyn Martin
Abstract art form the isolation years; 9780620442091
Cambridge Scholars Publishing – Practices of Abstract Art
Unfolding into spring 2015/2016 ISBN 978-3-940440-22-8
Assembly 2016, Thupelo Cape Town. The Triangle net work
South Africa, the art of a nation. John Giblin and Chris Spring
The British Museum ISBN 978-0-500-29283-9
Various private, locally and abroad; Corporate and public collections including:
- South African National Gallery (SANG)
- Nandos UK.
- University of Cape Town
- Spier Foundation
- Creative blocks
- British Museum. London
- British Museum. London, (Cosmos 2) and Yellowwoods collection