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.


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


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

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

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


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

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


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.

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