Doreen Southwood

(1974 - )


Doreen Southwood's art functions as a type of personal diary.

She works in a wide variety of media in her artwork, which she often bases on personal experiences and self exploration.

The attempt to make tangible life experiences, contradictory emotions informs decisions around Southwood's art making.

The content of her work is subject to her choice of materials as well as work process.

  • Chronology


    Born in Cape Town

    1994 - 1995

    Travelled and worked abroad, UK, USA, Europe and the East


    Thembilitsha School of Hope for Street Children, Pinelands


    Assistant, Sculpture Department, University of Stellenbosch


    Part-time lecturer, Design Techniques, Cape Town Technikon


    Assistant lecturer, fine art, Stellenbosch University.


    Open Retail outlet MeMeMe, Long street, Cape Town.


    Selected with two other artists for a Residency in Tilburg.


    Works as an artist and clothing designer in Cape Town

  • Studies


    Received a B.A. (Fine Arts) from the University of Stellenbosch and was awarded the University Art Prize

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Exhibitions


    Untitled, Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees, Oudshoorn


    Nothing Really Matters, Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town
    Just Perfect, Spark Gallery, Johannesburg


    Too Close for Comfort, Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

    Group Exhibitions


    Princess in the Veld, ABSA KKNK, curated by Adele Adendorf


    Winter Sculpture Fair, NIROX Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng


    Havana Beinnale, Cuba – selected to exhibit a public installation


    TWENTY, South African Sculptures of the last Two Decades, NIROX Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng
    1910 – 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, South African National Gallery


    ZA: Giovane Arte dal Sudafrica at Palazzo delle Papessed, Siena, Italy (2 February- 4 May 2008)


    Spier Contemporary Competition, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch


    Presented an Alternative Cloths Workshop, Havana Biennale, Cuba
    Photography and New Media: Imaging the Self and Body through Portraiture, Johannesburg Art Gallery


    In the Making: Materials and Process”, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
    Synergy, Iziko Museum, The Old Town House, Cape Town
    Universe of Me, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

    2004 – 2006

    Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary Art, Museum of African Art and the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York (2004) and The Cotemporary Museum, Honolulu (2006)


    Women: A Decade of Democracy, South African Art 1994 – 2004, from the permanent collection, Iziko Museum
    Homeport: Five Port Cities, public installation titled ‘Slipway’, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
    Forty/Veertig, Sasol Museum, Stellenbosch
    Dak’Art 2004, Dakar Biennale, Senegal

  • Collections

    Public Collections - South Africa

    • Sasol Art Collection
    • Old Mutual
    • Spier Art Collection
    • Standard Bank Collection
    • Hollard
    • JCI Johannesburg

    Galleries & Museums - South Africa

    • Iziko South African National Gallery
    • Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG)
    • Ellerman House, Cape Town
  • Commissions


    Southwood’s residency in Tilburg led to her being wwarded the Vrijplaats Project commission for a public sculpture in Tilburg, the Netherlands for the large-scale sculpture ‘Sindroom’, realised in 2007

  • Awards

    2001 & 2002

    Selected as a top ten finalist in the ABSA Atelier competition.


    Overall winner of the Inaugural Bret Kebble Art Awards

    Sasol Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudshoorn Art Prize

  • Publications


    ABSA KKNK, Princess In The Veld, Hannalie Taute 2015


    Oncena Bienal de la Habana, Practicas Artisticas E Imaginarios Sociales, 2012

    "Doreen Southwood". Book of South African Women. Lisa Steyn. February 2012.


    South African Art Now, Book by Sue Williamson, Published October 2009


    za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica, Publication of exhibition curated by Marlene Dumas, Lorenzo Fusi, Kendell Geers, Berni Searle, Minnette Vari and Sue Williamson, 2008


    Spier Contemporary, Jay Pather, 2007


    Contemporary magazine, Annual publication on 50 emerging international artists, Sue Williamson, 2006


    ARTTHROB, The Magnet is Always On, review of ‘In the Making’, Andrew Lambrecht,, September, 2005


    10 Years 100 Artists, art in a democratic South Africa, Kathryn Smith, 2004.

    Knap, KKNK Visuele Kunste, catalogue, Democracy and Change, Andy Davis, 2004.

    Personal Affects, Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, 2 catalogues and DVD

    New York Times, For new art just take 7 train, Holland Cotter, 2004


    Elle decoration no 26, Deco talent, Shaun O’Tool, autumn edition 2003.

    European M-TV interview, April 2003.

    Insig, Die mode pop wat kuns maak, Lucia Burger, Mei 2003.

    Sculpture magazine, Paul Edmunds, May 2003.

    Knap, KKNK Visuele Kunste, catalogue, Doreen Southwood, Alex Dodd, 2003

    Art South Africa, Doing it for themselves, Tracy Murinik 2003.


    ARTTHROB, Just Perfect, Kathryn Smith, issue 57, May 2002.

    Jalouse, Doreen Southwood décape le comfort sud-africain, Aurelie Lambillon, June 2002.

    Absolute, Doreen Southwood, Nothing, really matters, September 2002.

    Art South Africa, cover image and exhibition preview, spring edition 2002.

    Broadcast Quality, the art of big brother 11, edited by Kathryn Smith, October 2002

    Contemporary Art Magazine, preview of exhibition and image, Sue Williamson, October 2002.

    Art South Africa, Vol 1, Issue 1, (2002) Front page advertisement and preview of upcoming show ‘Nothing really matters show’


    Argus, The Sinister and the Suburban, L. Jolly, 26 January 2001.

    Cape Times, Bronzes to jangle delight, L. Pollak, 16 January 2001.

    ARTTHROB, Too close for comfort, S. Williamson, 1 February 2001.

    Die Burger, Agter blink fasade broei siekte, C. Van Bosch, February 2001.

    La Tribuna, MAC21 celebrara su cuarta edicion del 18 al 22 de Julio, LT Marbella, 4 July 2001.

    Kunskafee, KykNet, Doreen Southwood – “ Too Close for Comfort”, 7 minute televisions Documentary, P. Cilliers Production CC, July 2001.

    Mail and Guardian, Front Cover, art news, December 2001.


    Die Burger, Geheel slaag beter as afsonderlike dele, C. Van Bosch, 29 Junie 2000.

    ARTTHROB, Emergency, P. Edmunds, 6 July 2000.


    Die Burger, Vroue Kunstenaars kyk na die self en stereotipes, C. Van Bosch, Oct. 1999.

    The Argus, Diverse works by woman artists linked by common themes, B. Munitz Oct.1999.