One of the three annual member exhibitions for the Stellenbosch Art Society.
This is Ros Koch’s first exhibition in her country of origin, and - appropriately - is staged in the town of her birth.
The exhibition is being held at Averys Wine Cellars, not only one of the oldest businesses in Bristol (it happens to be celebrating its 225th anniversary this year) but also a business started by Ros' forefathers (her maiden name is Avery).
The title of the exhibition is “Appellation” is a word that’s heavily connected with the wine industry. It denotes origin or provenance. As someone who has both changed her name and moved home and country, Ros has had a lot of time to consider the question of identity and origin, on a personal level as well as a broader one. As such, it seemed a fitting theme that ties together the body of art that is on show - a retrospective collection that encapsulates both Ros’ diverse skills and interests, as well as her non-linear life path thus far.
The Freshly Brought Festival is a creative showcase/event hosted in Wellington, South Africa for local art/music/crafts. The aim of Freshly Brought is to leak beauty onto our community as well as share a message of truth. Essentially we want to inspire through sharing our stories. People of all ages and all walks of life are invited to enjoy our local expression along with us.
This will be the second time Ros’ work appears at the Ghetto Art Gallery, a brave new exhibition space in a lesser known part of the town of Stellenbosch. The venue is an old Bokomo biscuit mill near Du Toit station, and lies at the juncture of two sides of Stellenbosch: the township of Kayamandi and the industrial heart of Cloetesville. It’s raw, edgy and bursting with attitude. Come visit and discover one of Stellenbosch’s lesser known gallery gems.
Ghetto Art Gallery is owned and managed by a township artist, that promotes art and artists from both the local township and surrounding areas.
Its mission is to provide a creative hub for emerging and underground artists. It aims to achieve this by
- showcasing the undiscovered talents of a new generation of local artists in a curated setting
- bringing people together from diverse backgrounds
- empowering the community through facilitating creative workshops
This artwork by Ros Koch has been selected to be part of the Woordfees festival Visual Arts programme. The exhibition's title is "bly", an Afrikaans word that has various meanings - as a verb ("live" / "stay") and as an adjective ("happy").
Title of artwork: “It matters not”
“Vuya Endaweni Environmental Education Centre” is a local NGO located in an informal settlement on the edge of Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. The Centre was created “to educate young people about the environment in which they live, and to encourage and empower them to protect and positively transform it”.
However, as a volunteer, I feel I have learnt far more from these young people than they could ever learn from me. They live in poverty and face serious daily challenges. Many of them will stay living there, trapped in poverty, trapped by circumstances into which they were born.
The name "Vuya Endaweni" means in Xhosa "be happy in that place". I’ve always been intrigued as to who chose this name and why. Is it a hope? A challenge? An order? The name challenges not only those who live “in the place”, but also those who don’t. Is it possible? Does one dare hope for happiness “in that place”? Should one actually “be happy” there, as things are? Is happiness alone enough to make one stay and “protect and positively transform it”? Or, is the grass greener elsewhere?
"what matters is how we live and love"
Join us for a solo exhibition of thought-provoking work done by Ros Koch. The title of the collection is drawn from "The Dash", a poem by Linda Ellis and each piece nudges the viewer to "consider what is true and real" and "how we live and love".
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Along with several other local artists, Ros has been invited to submit work that is inspired by the name Polkadraai, which is one of a range of wines produced at Stellenbosch Hills. She will be using the opportunity to revisit painting with wine… and opening a few bottles in the process, of course!
ABOUT THE THEME
POLKA: a lively dance of Bohemian origin in duple time (hop-step-close-step)
–DOT: one of a series of patterns used especially on fabric
–DRAAI: a winding road or a turn in a polka dance
ABOUT THE VENUE
The Tank Art Gallery at Stellenbosch Hills winery launched in 2010 and is housed inside a refurbished wine tank, hence its name. The gallery’s concrete walls are wine stained, reflecting their origin.
The Tank Art Gallery is conveniently located inside the Stellenbosch Hills tasting centre. Entry is free. Opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sundays.