bio

Ilené Bothma was born in 1981 in Port-Elizabeth, South Africa. She received a BA in Fine Art (with distinction) in 2003 and an MA in Fine Art, in 2007, both degrees from the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She received a second MA in Fine Art (with distinction) in 2011 from Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.

Bothma started exhibiting as a student and her work has regularly featured in group exhibitions since 2000. She has shown both locally and internationally and has had four solo exhibitions, three of which in Cape Town. Her solo exhibition, Weird Marriage, at the AVA gallery, was considered by the Mail and Guardian as “a beautifully intimate exhibition about the culture of family” (17 May 2013). She has been nominated as a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Competition, the Vuleka Art Competition, as well as in the 2016 Barclays L’Atelier.

Bothma lives and works in Cape Town with her husband, Pieter-Schalk, daughter, Mia and baby son, Pieter-Steph.

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education

2011 - Masters Degree in Fine Art with distinction, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

2007 - Masters Degree in Fine Art, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2003 - Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with distinction, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Solo exhibitions

2017 - The Theatre of the Mother-Cord at 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2016 - Veiled Threats at 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2014 - Weird Marriage at Underculture Contemporary gallery, Port Elizabeth

2013 - Weird Marriage  at The AVA gallery, Cape Town

2007 - alkant selfkant at Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

Group exhibitions

2018 - Well Worn exhibition at Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Stellenbosch

2017 - Untitled 4.99 exhibition at 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2017 – Emerging Visions: Towards a Sustainable Economic Development of the Visual Arts as part of the National Art Bank launch at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein 

2017 - Ars Gratia Artis at The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschoek

2016 - Untitled 3.99 exhibition at 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2016 - Salon 2016/2017 at The AVA gallery, Cape Town

2016 - Alteration exhibition at 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2016 - Artemesia exhibition at DF Contemporary, Cape Town

2016 - Untitled 2.99 exhibition at 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2016 - Bestiary group exhibition at Untitled Studios, Cape Town

2016 - Barclays L'Atelier Western Cape finalist exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

2016 - THAT Art Fair, Woodstock, Cape Town

2016 - Cabinet of Curiosities at Untitled Studios, Cape Town

2015 - Persistence of Memory at Untitled Studios, Cape Town

2015 - MDBA “Wish You Were Here” exhibition at Grahamstown Fringe Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2015 - There Be Dragons at Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein

2014 - MDBA “Wish You Were Here” competition and group exhibition at artEC gallery, Port Elizabeth

2014 - There Be Dragons at Underculture Contemporary gallery, Port Elizabeth

2013 - Miniatures at Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

2012 - Vuleka 2012 Art Competition finalist exhibition at Artb. Gallery, Bellville

2011 - Visual Arts11 Postgraduate Degree Show at Gallery North and Squires Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

2011 - Found, two-person exhibition and co-curator at Moving Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

2011 - O’wd Towser group exhibition as part of Holmfirth Art Festival, Holmfirth, United Kingdom

2009 - Pigment on Paper  at UCA gallery, Cape Town

2009 - Miniatures at Cultivaria festival, Paarl

2008 - All I want for Christmas at Off the Wall Contemporary, Paarl

2008 - 30X30 at the SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch

2008 - Postcard Show II at Off the Wall Contemporary, Paarl & Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset-West

2007 - Masters exhibition at the SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch

2007 - Sasol New Signatures competition finalist exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

2007 - Artwords, group exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

2006 - KRISP at Artb. Gallery, Bellville

2004 - KRISP at Artb. Gallery, Bellville

2003 - IMPACT exhibition (as part of the 3rd International Printmaking Conference in Cape Town) at the SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch

2003 - Section 53 exhibition at the Department of Visual Arts: Stellenbosch University

2002 - PHOTO/ART group exhibition at the Sasol Gallery, Stellenbosch

Residencies and Awards

2016 - Barclays L'Atelier top 100 finalist

2014 - Est-Nord-Est artist residence in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Montreal, Canada

2014 - Selector’s choice award at MDBA “Wish You Were Here” art competition, Port Elizabeth

2012 - Vuleka 2012 Art Competition finalist

2007 - Sasol New Signatures competition finalist at Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

2004 - Harry Crossley Master’s bursary from Stellenbosch University

 

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