Katie Barnard du Toit 

for hospital use only

 

Katie Barnard du Toit (South African) embroiders and adorns old, torn garments from her local hospital with red thread to symbolise the fragility of the environment in the Southern African region, where two thirds of the species on the red data lists occur. Human right atrocities are also alluded to, as there is a high incidence of medical conditions such as HIV aids, TB and FAS in the region, with the occurrence of the latter being the highest in the in the world. The garments evoke contradictory emotions: fear, sadness, wonder, delight and amazement. Worn and discarded, they collectively convey a message about the dismal prospects of our world’s futures.
 
Katie Barnard du Toit's series of hand-sewn white linen dresses are embellished with various materials, ranging from ostrich egg shells to medicinal plant roots and bones. Every one of these materials represent an emotion, or a state of mind or being: medicinal plant roots symbolise healing, bones equate with loss, egg shells mean hope, maps relate to direction, red indicates the radiant energy of life and white points to a new beginning.  In the art show in which Katie is curating and participating, there exists an all-pervading mood of expectation among the artists and in the artworks, which reference land politics, the state of the environment and the role of the female body.

Artist Bio
 

Katie Barnard du Toit  is passionate about the Karoo and its people and has received the ABSA KKNK award in 2012 for Best Visual Artwork and the KykNET Fiesta for Best Visual Artwork in 2013.
 
Her greatest sporting achievements as an adult include learning how to swim at the age of 31 to successfully complete the Midmar mile twice, open water scuba diving, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking 160 km in the Andes at the Torres del Paine, completing the Argus cycle tour and hiking 300 km in 10 days through Namakwaland. Her greatest passion is however for her community and with her fellow Trustees form a formidable and highly successful team, which began in 2009 in earnest to develop tennis among underprivileged children.
 
In 2012 projects expanded with the establishment of the Karoo Eisteddfod Trust to focus on art and culture development among underprivileged children which include co-ordinating the yearly Karoo Eisteddfod for 99 schools. In January 2014 she initiated and is coordinating Karoo Kidz – Swim & Be Safe project in De Aar resulting in 352 children conquering their fear of water and gaining water safety skills. Her latest project, Khazimla - centre of excellence, is a permanent art school offering a wide variety of services to vulnerable children including tertiary enrolment and access to further education. Also close to her heart is the social development of farm workers and education of their children. As Trustee of the Karoo Eisteddfod Trust, Katie serves as Artistic and Administrative Director.
 
Katie is has a formidable team member in her husband of 23 years, Pieter du Toit, and lives on a sheep farm Rietfontein with her two teenage daughters, Ilkhe and Helaina.

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education:

 

1992 - 1995

ND:  MARK (Cum Laude) 

1998 BTCMAR (Cum Laude) 1998
2004 - 2013 BVA (Honours)(Cum Laude) UNISA 2013
2014 Currently registered for MFA at the University of the Free State  with Willem Boshoff as study leader 2014/2015

 

Group Exhibitions:

2015

The Red Data Pavilion, Public space (Venice, Italy)

2015 Fear & Loss - The Industrial Karoo, Pretoria Art Museum (Pretoria)
2015 Portretteer, Oude Libertas Gallery (Stellenbosch)
2014 Fear&Loss - The Industrial Karoo, Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Bloemfontein)
2013 Soil, Grand Provence (Franschhoek) 
2013 Hiernamaals, Slee Gallery (Stellenbosch)
2013 Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil III, Woordfees (Stellenbosch)
2013 I am an African, Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
2012 Dolerite – 2052 Karoo, Prince Albert Art Festival (Prince Albert)
2012 Dolerite Jacket – 2052 KAROO, KDF Conference (Beaufort West)
2012 Walk this Earth Alone, Grande Provence (Franschhoek, Cape)
2012 2052 KAROO - FEAR&LOSS, National Arts Festival (Grahamstown)
2012 Flesh, The Art Business, Piketberg
2012 Curator’s Choice, The Art Business, Piketberg
2012 FEAR&LOSS  - 2052 KAROO, ABSA KKNK (Oudtshoorn)
2011 Unisa Senior 4th Year  Student  Exhibition, Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
2011 Berg  Exhibition, Fugard Festival (Nieu Bethesda))
2010 UNISA Third year Exhibition, Art B Gallery (Bellville)
2010 Insight, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery (Durbanville)

 

Exhibitions Curated:

2015 Red Data Pavilion, Performance Art (Venice, Italy)
2015 Fear&Loss - The Industrial Karoo, Pretoria National Art Museum (Pretoria)
2014 Visual Arts, Karoo Eisteddfod (De Aar)
2014 Fear&Loss - The Industrial Karoo, Oliewenhuis National Art Museum (Bloemfontein)
2013 Visual Arts, Karoo Eisteddfod (De Aar)
2012 Dolerite Jacket – 2052 KAROO, Karoo Development Conference (Beaufort West)
2012 Dolerite – 2052 KAROO Prince Albert National Arts Festival (Prince Albert)
2012 2052 KAROO  - FEAR&LOSS Grahamstown National Arts Festival (Grahamstown)
2012 FEAR&LOSS - 2052 KAROO Group Exhibition, ABSA KKNK (Oudtshoorn)
2011 Berg, Fugard Festival (Nieu Bethesda)

 

Awards:

2013 Fiesta Award, Best Visual Artwork 2012, kykNET 
2012 Kanna Award, Best Visual Art Work, KKNK 
2011 Top Visual Art Student 4th year, UNISA.
2010 Top 3rd year, Visual Art Student, UNISA.
1996 The Trust Bank Floating Trophy – Economic and Management Sciences
1996 Receiver of the Rector's Silver Medal – Economic and Management Sciences

 

Community Workshops Presented / Art Education:

2015 Karoo Tertiary Enrolment: A bright future (Umso High School, Monwabisi High School, Richmond Combined, Noupoort Combined, Veritas High School and Orion High School.
Speech & Drama:  June/July (8 schools in De Aar)
2014 Tertiary Enrolment: De Aar High School, Veritas High School, Orion High School
2014

Colesberg High School, Umso High School, Noupoort Combined School, Enoch Mhatetwa, Hanover, Richmond, Britstown, Prieska.

2013 The 5 Art forms: Visual Art, Singing, Reciting, Performance & Dancing for Children 
Grade 1 to 12. Karoo Eisteddfod, Victoria West Combined School, Victoria West.
2013 The 5 Art forms: Visual Art, Singing, Reciting, Performance & Dancing for Children. KarooEisteddfod, Bennie Groenewald Junior Primary School, Grade 1 to 12. The 5 The 5 Art forms: 
2013 Visual Art, Singing, Reciting, Performance & Dancing for Children. Karoo Eisteddfod, Eureka Primary School, Grade 1 to 12. Noupoort.
2013 The 5 Art forms: Visual Art, Singing, Reciting, Performance & Dancing for Children. Karoo Eisteddfod, Hantam Education Trust, Grade 1 to 9. Colesberg.
2013 The 5 Art forms: Visual Art, Singing, Reciting, Performance & Dancing for Children. Karoo Eisteddfod, De Aar Primary, Grade 1 to 12. De Aar.

2012

 “Who am I?” Self portrait Workshop, Eureka Primary, Grade 6, 7 & 9. Burgersdorp

 

Co-ordinator Community Projects:

2015
Khazimla - Centre of Excellence (Art school and academic assistance centre for vulnerable children (De Aar)
2015 KarooTennis Kidz - Tennis Development Project, Central Karoo region (De Aar)
2015 Karoo Eisteddfod 2015, Central Karoo Region (De Aar)
2015 Karoo Kidz - Swim & Safe 2015 (De Aar, South Africa)
2014 KarooTennis Kidz - Tennis Development Project, Central Karoo region (De Aar)
2014 Karoo Eisteddfod 2014, Central Karoo Region (De Aar)
2014 Karoo Kidz - Swim & Safe 2014, (De Aar, South Africa)
2013 Night of the Stars – Concert. Central Karoo Region (De Aar)
2013 Karoo Eisteddfod 2013, Central Karoo Region
2013 De Aar Tennis Development, De Aar
2012 De Aar Tennis Development, De Aar
2011 De Aar Tennis Development, De Aar
2010 De Aar Tennis Development, De Aar
2009 De Aar Tennis Development, De Aar