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History of Caversham Press

History of Caversham Press

Published in Content - History
19Jul 2011

The Caversham Press was founded in 1985 to afford South African artists access to a professional collaborative printmaking studio for the production of traditional limited edition prints. The Press was the first comprehensive facility of its kind in Southern Africa. Since its inception, it has worked with many notable South African professional artists including William Kentridge, David Koloane, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Deborah Bell, Mmakgabo Sebidi, Robert Hodgins, Bonnie Ntshalintshali and the late Gabisile Nkosi who was also the Caversham Centre programme manager.

The Caversham Press Educational Trust, Reg. No. 9405/93 was established as a non-profit organization in 1993. This formalized Caversham’s print-based educational programme that had been in operation since 1988. Caversham Education Trust, as it has become affectionately known over the years, has aims in keeping with the founding ethos of Caversham i.e. to offer accessibility and skills transference and to nurture emergent artists from disadvantaged backgrounds. During this period it contributed to the skills development of more than 250 artists including many that have become recognized in their various fields such as Ezekiel Mabote, Vulindlela Nyoni and Sarah Tabane.

Caversham community collaborative programmes began with Caversham Press in 1988 when groups of emergent artists attended printmaking workshops run by Malcolm Christian. During the following years this grew in scale and breadth including annual bookbinding programmes, under the auspice of Caversham Education Trust. All these programmes took place at Caversham Centre.

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