Friends Visit: Studio of Tamlin Blake


Tamlin Blake artist studioEvent Details
Date: Saturday 6th April
Time: 11 am
Venue:  Riebeek West.  Address will be provided 24 hours before event.  Please note driving distance is approximately 80 km from central Cape Town
Tickets: Members R100; Non-Members: R120; R25 for those 25 and under

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Tamlin Blake’s practice engages and challenges historical boundaries between art and craft. Using a range of found materials like newsprint and beads, and employing techniques such as weaving, she transforms them into cavases and tapestries. Thematically her work has interrogated ideas around  nationhood, belonging and construction of histroical narratives as well as more intimate meditations on life events and personal experiences. Her best known work may be a series on South African stamps woven using fine glass beads.

Blake has exhibited widely in South Africa and overseas, including “Synergy” at Iziko Michaelis Collection (2005-06), “South African Art: Signs” at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava (2007), and “Skin-to-Skin: Challenging Textile Art” which formed part of the Kaunas Art Biennial TEXTILE 07 in Lithuania (2007). She was also included in the South African Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China. In 2003 she received the Brett Kebble Merit Award and in 2011 she was invited to the Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium for an artist’s residency. Find out more <here>

The artist is currently working on a large scale, three part tapestry commission, using her signature medium of recycled newsprint yarn.  The visit is thus a unique opportunity to witness the artist’s creative process and see the work in progress.

We may also visit other artists’ studios in the area (tbc).  Lunch is being organized for those who are able to stay; menu will be a la carte and separately paid.


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Visit to artist Tamlin Blake’s studio in Riebeek West

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Member, Non-member, 25-years old and under

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