Solly Malope was born in 1953 in Lady Selbourne, Pretoria. When Malope was 10 years old, his family was forced to relocate from Lady Sebourne to Atteridgeville. His father, himself a creative man, encouraged his young son to produce some drawings. With time, Molope mastered the art which became his life. When Malope was at a junior secondary school (1971), he won an art exhibition ahead of black students in the rest of Pretoria. Malope found himself a market at an early age as his final products were often sold through a curio shop in Pretoria.
Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition: Pretoria
Ifa Lethu has been implementing a vigorous exhibition and outreach programme nationally. To commemorate the Mandela Centenary, the Pretoria Art Museum has collaborated with the Ifa Lethu Foundation to launch he exhibition entitled “Nelson Mandela’s 100th birth anniversary/Resistance Art of the 1960’s until the 1980’s”. The exhibition runs at the Pretoria Art Museum until November 2018.
Australians Against Apartheid Exhibition: Cape Town
To commemorate the role of Australians against Apartheid, Ifa Lethu has collaborated with the Australian Alliance in the mounting of its exhibition entitled “Memories of Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid”. The exhibition opens in Cape Town in October 2018 at the Castle of Good Hope
Edward Maqwacha Miya is our featured artist (fashion designer) for this quarter. Edward has been fortunate to have participated in the Ifa Lethu Creative Entrepreneurship training and Mentoring programmes the Ditlabeng Municipality(Clarens) of the Free State Province in 2016-2017.
Ifa Lethu completed two further projects nationally in recent months. They included the Creative Entrepreneurial Project Phase 2 in Clarens, Free State and the Arts and Craft Beneficiation Project for the Cradle of Humankind (COH) World Heritage Site, the latter being the Foundation’s flagship project for 2016-2017.