PHOTO DOCUMENTATION: Sophie Peters

Members of the Community Arts Project Mural Collective. From left: Sophie Peters, Mashabalala Mkonto, Mahlomola Seakoloane, David Hlongwane and Hamilton Budaza. Source: University of Cape Town. Libraries. Special Collections BC1195 Community Arts Project. mss_bc1195_s44_3_2-028
https://digitalcollections.lib.uct.ac.za/collection/islandora-29074

Sophie Peters at International Children’s Day art workshop. Sophie Peters facilitating International Children’s Day art workshop for pre-school children at Blackpool Hall, Salt River, 1994-06-01. Source:  University of Cape Town. Libraries. Special Collections BC1195 Community Arts Project. mss_bc1195_s8_5-002.
https://digitalcollections.lib.uct.ac.za/collection/islandora-29108
Community Arts Project staff photograph, 1994. Community Arts Project staff photograph. Back: Simba Pemhenayi, Carol Knowles, Nigel Mentor, Zayd Minty, Lawrence Makinana, Barbara Voss, Lungile Bam. Front: Mario Pissarra, Lynette Davids, Sicelo Nkohla, Sophie Peters, Mashabalala Mkonto. Pissarra’s dog Pablo, a regular presence at CAP, is in the foreground. Source: University of Cape Town. Libraries. Special Collections BC1195 Community Arts Project. mss_bc1195_s19_1-001
https://digitalcollections.lib.uct.ac.za/collection/islandora-29016

Sophie Peters CV

Solo exhibitions

2007
Hand to Plough Landscapes, The Framery Gallery, Cape Town

1995
Cry from the Heart, Belville Association of Arts, Cape Town

Group exhibitions

2019
Botanica II, Contemporary Botanical Art at Art B. Gallery in Belville
Lino Printmaking Workshop Hout Bay Contemporary
Digital Museum of Art and Memory, District Six Museum

2018
Woordfees The Endless Horizon Print Portfolio

2010
1910-2010 From Pieneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Gill Alderman Gallery, Kenilworth, Cape Town

2008
Provoke, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Some South African Voices, Rose Korber Art Consultancy, Cape Town
Mapping Cultural Echoes – Voyage Ensemble, Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), Harare

2007
africa south, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town

2006
Art in Business, Artscape, Cape Town
Face (In) Cape Town, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
A Journey Together, Voyage Ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town

2005
Botaki Exhibition 2, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town
Botaki Exhibition 4, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town

2004
Her Story, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
Renaissance, Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2004
A Decade of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2003
Dreams of Our Daughters, Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn

2001
The Hourglass Project A Women’s Vision, Art on Paper, Johannesburg; UNISA Gallery, Pretoria
Homecoming, Guga S’Thebe, Cape Town

2000
How the Land Lies, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
Greatmore Studios Official Opening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
Exhibitions in Germany and Iceland

1999
Portfolio for Playing Cards, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria; Gencor Gallery, Johannesburg (Print Exchange)
Ten Years of Printmaking, Hard Ground Printmakers, Sanlam Art Gallery, Cape Town

1998
Siwela Ngaphesheya, Crossing the water, Robben Island Museum, Robben Island
Ekhaya, travelling exhibition, Western Cape
Dis Nag – The Cape’s Hidden Roots in Slavery, Iziko South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town
Artist for Africa, Sweden
Recent Publications, Hard Ground Printmakers, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown

1997
Recent Publications, Hard Ground Printmakers, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
The Body Politic, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
Sicula Sixhentsa Xa Sisonke – The South Africa Aesthetic (USA travelling exhibition), Mississippi, Detroit, New York

1996
Human Rights, South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town
Barricaded Rainbow, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
Artists Against Apartheid, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa

1995 
Relief in Black and White, Brighton Festival, Brighton

1994
Creating Image, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Exhibition (USA travelling exhibition), Brooklyn, Massachussets

1993
South Africa in Black and White, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Picturing Our World, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Women on Women, Seef Trust Art Gallery, Cape Town

1992
Looking Back, Community Arts Project, Cape Town
Visual Arts Group Travelling Exhibition, Zolani Centre, Nyanga East; Uluntu centre, Gugulethu; Mannenberg People’s Centre; Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town
Tapestry Wall, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

1991
Visual Arts Group Travelling Exhibition, Cape Town
Transitions, Baxter Theatre Gallery, Cape Town
Art in the Avenue, Cape Town

1990 
Zabalaza Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art, London

1989
Nude, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town and Serendipity Gallery, Cape Town

1987
Peace for South Africa, Geneva, Switzerland 
Volkkas Atelier Exhibition, invited artists exhibition, Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg

1986
The Eye of an Artist, Gugulethu
Young Blood, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town

Collections
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Durban Art Gallery, Durban
Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg
Western Cape Provincial Government, Cape Town
Mayibuye Centre, University of the Western Cape
Sophie Peters also has work in private collections in South Africa, Europe, the United States of America and Australia


Publications
1997
The Body Politic (portfolio of colour etchings published by Hard Ground Printers

Commissions (mural painting and book illustrations)

2008
Arts Cape mural

2007
Safmarine, Cape Town (four paintings)

2004-05
Pentecostal Rapha Mission (mural)

2004
Adderley Street flower-sellers mural, Sea Point Protea Hotel, Cape Town

1998
Puleng and the Pumpkin (children’s book illustration)
Hair (children’s book illustration)
Truworths’ Millenium Calendar (linoprints)

1997
True Love at Last (written by Ginwala Dowling, illustration)
No More Stars in my Roof (written by Ginwala Dowling, illustration)
The Original Natural Living Diary (illustration)

1996
Robben Island Museum, Cape Town (mural)
District Six Museum, Cape Town (mural)
Department of Health, Cape Town (mural)
Mayibuye Centre, University of Western Cape, Cape Town (mural in celebration of Heritage Day)
The Black Sash Trust Annual Report (book cover illustration)
Day-by-Day English, Maskew Miller Longman, Midrand (book illustration)

1994
Nico Malan Opera House / Artscape Opera House, Cape Town (mural with Tshidi Sefako and Xolile Mtakatya)
Hanover Park Murals, Cape Town City Council
Peace in our Land (mural commissioned by Nedbank)
Mafia and the Aeroplane, written by Max Sed, published by Human & Rousseau

1992
The Old Days (woodcut) in: Staffrider, 10:3, Cosaw Publishing, Johannesburg, p. 17

1991
Transitions, Baxter Gallery, Cape Town (mural with members of Hard-Ground Printmakers Workshop)

1990
Zabalaza Festival, London (murals in collaboration with other artists)

1987
Community House, Salt River, Cape Town (murals in collaboration with other artists)


Workshops & Residencies
2006
Community Art Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2004
Renaissance Printmaking Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2001
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
Caversham Press, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

2000
Print 2000, Maastricht, Netherlands

1997
Printmaking Project, Robben Island, Cape Town

1990
Zabalaza Festival, London

INTERVIEWS/FEATURES: Sophie Peters

Audio-visual interviews/features

Audio-visual interviews and featuresOral history interviews with Simba Pemhenayi, Sophie Peters and Thembinkosi Goniwe, May 1997 Part 1 and 2

Interviews with Simba Pemhenayi, Sophie Peters and Thembinkosi Goniwe. Pemhenayi was performing arts educator at the Community Arts Project (1994-1998). Peters was a visual arts student (full-time) and child arts educator (part-time) at the Community Arts Project (circa 1987-1997). Goniwe was a part-time visual arts student and educator at the Community Arts Project (late 1980s-circa 1997). The interviews were conducted by Robyn Denny and commissioned by Mario Pissarra for Community Arts Project ‘Histories of CAP’ project.

Access part 1 here (starts at 19:50)

Access part 2 here (ends at 2:50)

South african artistsWhat’s next? Episode 3: Sophie Peters 
by Pierre Tremblay


Sophie Peters feature by African Art Group

Interviews / features in print

Jobo, Thabo (2014) Charity Concert In Aid of the Needy. Eldorado-Times September, p. 11
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Van Jaarsveld, Deur Dalena (2009) Sophie Die Heldersiende Kunstenaar. Kuier 25 November 2009, pp. 16-17
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Koloane, David (2008) The Greatmore Studios celebrate 10 years. SA Art Times 3:11, p. 15
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Kariem, Durelle & Adams, Sheena (2008) Spiritual Sanctity. Destiny August 2008, pp. 131-132
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Velaphi, Sipho & Linda Nkosi Ngwenya (2007) Beyond Borders. Voyage Ensemble, Rootz, pp. 70-71
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Bao, Peng Li (2006) I paint ‘from the heart’. TygerBurger 23 March 2006
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Carew, Douglas (2004) This Sea Point Hotel is a Collector’s Item. Weekend Argus 31 January 2004
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Van Bosch, Cobus (2000) Kunstenaars Kyk Na Die Landskap as Politieke Terrein. Beeld, Kuns en Vermaak 28 August 2000
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Pollak, Lloyd (1999) Truth, reconciliation in art. Cape Times Arts & Lifestyle. 28 September 1999
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no author (1997) Sophie Peters. Fair Lady 22 January 1997, p. 53
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Rothbart, Tamara (1997) Sophie Peters “Breek of baas”, Marie Claire June 1997, p. 32
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Blerk, Gareth van (1995) Life’s experiences as Art, n.p.
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Eastern Reporter (1995) Resolute Sophie fulfils her dream. The Argus, Wednesday 14 June 1995, p. 16
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no author (1995) Sophie Peters: A Cry From the Heart, Belville Arts Association
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Neill, Shannon (1994) Sophie’s choice. South Side – Life and art, 1-5 April 1994
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Northern Reporter (1994) Sophie ‘Made A Deal With God’ To Become An Artist. The Argus June 1994
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van der Merwe, Lydia and Ina Duvenage (1994) Die Drie Vrou Kan n Kwas Swaai. Sarie 30 March 1994, pp. 34 – 35.
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An interview with David Koloane, Helen Sibidi, Bhekisani Manyoni, Maggie Makhoana, Sophie Peters, Tshidi Sefako. In: Oliphant, Andries Walter (ed.) (1993) Culture and Empowerment: Debates, Workshops, Art and Photography from the Zabalaza Festival. Johannesburg: COSAW
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Adams, Shireen (1993) Sophie skets ‘wat sy voel’. Metro-Burger, November 1993
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no author (1993) Group Show. Sophie Peters.  Femina
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WORKS: Sophie Peters – Workshops and Residencies

Workshops facilitated by Sophie Peters
2006
Community Art Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
2004
Renaissance Printmaking Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
2001
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
Caversham Press, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
2000
Print 2000, Maastricht, Netherlands
1997
Printmaking Project, Robben Island, Cape Town
1990
Zabalaza Festival, London

Sophie Peters

Sophie Peters is a painter and printmaker, songwriter and musician who creates designs for everyday life, among others T-Shirts, cloth bags, carved wooden bag carrying handles, jewelry and pillowcases. Her artistic practice unfolds across different media and forms of expression, reflecting on her personal history, spiritual connections, and relations to people, places and times in which she lives.

Sophie was born in 1960 in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town to study art. After completing a two-year course at the Community Arts Project (CAP) in Cape Town in 1987, she attended part-time ceramic classes with Barbara Jackson, and advanced teacher training. She has been teaching in numerous art education programmes throughout the Cape Peninsula since 1987. 

She mostly works in oil, pastels, or mixed media, prints- and linocuts, monoprints and etchings, addressing personal and social issues in South Africa. As a founding member of the Mural Collective, she has designed and painted solo and group murals, among others four murals for the Zabalaza Festival in London, realised with other South African artists in 1990.

Sophie has exhibited nationally and internationally, and illustrated numerous books and publications. Her work is represented in the South African National Gallery, as well as in private collections in South Africa, Europe, USA and Australia.

CREATIVE DIALOGUE

VIDEO: Art on our Mind Creative Dialogue Sharlene Khan and Nono Motlhoki in conversation with Sophie Peters on 5 November 2021

AUDIO: Art on our Mind Creative Dialogue with Senzeni Marasela

TRANSCRIPT: Art on our Mind Creative Dialogue with Sophie Peters

 

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WORKS: Sophie Peters – Exhibitions and Commissions

Exhibitions by/with Sophie Peters

Solo exhibitions

 2007
Hand to Plough Landscapes, The Framery Gallery, Cape Town

1995
Cry from the Heart, Belville Association of Arts, Cape Town

Group exhibitions

2019
Botanica II, Contemporary Botanical Art at Art B. Gallery in Belville
Lino Printmaking Workshop Hout Bay Contemporary
Digital Museum of Art and Memory, District Six Museum

2018
Woordfees The Endless Horizon Print Portfolio

2010
1910-2010 From Pieneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Gill Alderman Gallery, Kenilworth, Cape Town

2008
Provoke, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Some South African Voices, Rose Korber Art Consultancy, Cape Town
Mapping Cultural Echoes – Voyage Ensemble, Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), Harare

2007
africa south, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town

2006
Art in Business, Artscape, Cape Town
Face (In) Cape Town, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
A Journey Together, Voyage Ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town

2005
Botaki Exhibition 2, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town
Botaki Exhibition 4, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town

2004
Her Story, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
Renaissance, Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2004
A Decade of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2003
Dreams of Our Daughters, Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn

2001
The Hourglass Project A Women’s Vision, Art on Paper, Johannesburg; UNISA Gallery, Pretoria
Homecoming, Guga S’Thebe, Cape Town

2000
How the Land Lies, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
Greatmore Studios Official Opening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
Exhibitions in Germany and Iceland
1999
Portfolio for Playing Cards, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria; Gencor Gallery, Johannesburg (Print Exchange)
Ten Years of Printmaking, Hard Ground Printmakers, Sanlam Art Gallery, Cape Town

1998
Siwela Ngaphesheya, Crossing the water, Robben Island Museum, Robben Island
Ekhaya, travelling exhibition, Western Cape
Dis Nag – The Cape’s Hidden Roots in Slavery, Iziko South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town
Artist for Africa, Sweden
Recent Publications, Hard Ground Printmakers, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown

1997
Recent Publications, Hard Ground Printmakers, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
The Body Politic, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
Sicula Sixhentsa Xa Sisonke – The South Africa Aesthetic (USA travelling exhibition), Mississippi, Detroit, New York
1996
Human Rights, South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town
Barricaded Rainbow, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
Artists Against Apartheid, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa

1995 
Relief in Black and White, Brighton Festival, Brighton

1994
Creating Image, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Exhibition (USA travelling exhibition), Brooklyn, Massachussets

1993
South Africa in Black and White, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Picturing Our World, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Women on Women, Seef Trust Art Gallery, Cape Town

1992
Looking Back, Community Arts Project, Cape Town
Visual Arts Group Travelling Exhibition, Zolani Centre, Nyanga East; Uluntu centre, Gugulethu; Mannenberg People’s Centre; Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town
Tapestry Wall, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

1991
Visual Arts Group Travelling Exhibition, Cape Town
Transitions, Baxter Theatre Gallery, Cape Town
Art in the Avenue, Cape Town

1990 
Zabalaza Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art, London

1989
Nude, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town and Serendipity Gallery, Cape Town

1987
Peace for South Africa, Geneva, Switzerland 
Volkkas Atelier Exhibition, invited artists exhibition, Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg

1986
The Eye of an Artist, Gugulethu
Young Blood, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town

Commissions: Murals and Book Illustrations)

2008
Arts Cape mural
2007
Safmarine, Cape Town (four paintings)
2004-05
Pentecostal Rapha Mission (mural)
2004
Adderley Street flower-sellers mural, Sea Point Protea Hotel, Cape Town
1998
Puleng and the Pumpkin (children’s book illustration)
Hair (children’s book illustration)
Truworths’ Millenium Calendar (linoprints)
1997
True Love at Last (written by Ginwala Dowling, illustration)
No More Stars in my Roof (written by Ginwala Dowling, illustration)
The Original Natural Living Diary (illustration)
1996
Robben Island Museum, Cape Town (mural)
District Six Museum, Cape Town (mural)
Department of Health, Cape Town (mural)
Mayibuye Centre, University of Western Cape, Cape Town (mural in celebration of Heritage Day)
The Black Sash Trust Annual Report (book cover illustration)
Day-by-Day English, Maskew Miller Longman, Midrand (book illustration)
1994
Nico Malan Opera House / Artscape Opera House, Cape Town (mural with Tshidi Sefako and Xolile Mtakatya)
Hanover Park Murals, Cape Town City Council
Peace in our Land (mural commissioned by Nedbank)
Mafia and the Aeroplane, written by Max Sed, published by Human & Rousseau
1992
The Old Days (woodcut) in: Staffrider, 10:3, Cosaw Publishing, Johannesburg, p. 171991
Transitions, Baxter Gallery, Cape Town (mural with members of Hard-Ground Printmakers Workshop)
1990
Zabalaza Festival, London (murals in collaboration with other artists)
1987
Community House, Salt River, Cape Town (murals in collaboration with other artists)