Cape Town, South Africa
About Lynette Bester
Lynette Bester’s sculptures are made from everyday objects that are often crowd-sourced through online social media and word-of-mouth. This method of production allows for a degree of unpredictability in the final product and further informs the accumulative nature of the work. Lynette Bester has achieved critical attention and has recently been made associate artist at Everard Read. She has exhibited actively in Cape Town, Johannesburg and abroad and has achieved notable attention for both local and international art competitions and residencies since completing a B.A. in F. A.1999, and an M.A. in F.A. (Cum Laude), 2002 both from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She has participated group exhibitions including YDESIRE at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, 2003, AFETOS ROUBADOS, Goethe Institute, Brazil, 2005. With the Bell-Roberts Contemporary in Cape Town she participated in exhibitions which achieved critical press attention. Amongst these were GREENHOUSE 2007, PRINT '08 and BLACK AND WHITE in 2009. At the AVA, Cape Town, she similarly achieved critical press attention while participating, amongst others, in BALL SPORTS 2007, BARING 2008, SOCIAL PATTERN 2009, OWN GOAL 2010 and NATURAL SELECTION: 1991 - 2011. At Heidi Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town Bester participated in MATTERS CONCEPTUAL in April and it's sequel CONCEPT MATTERS in August, 2010. In 2012 Bester exhibited in Johannesburg at the critically acclaimed project space at the Fordsburg Studio's: Bag Factory in SOUNDING OUT and most recently she has exhibited with Commune 1 and Everard Read Cape Town including a sculpture erected in the Mount Nelson Garden in affiliation with Everard Read Gallery for the summer of 2014-2015. Bester has had three solo exhibitions in Cape Town: WHOLES CUT OUT 2002, at The Cold Room, HEART: DIMENSIONS VARIABLE 2005 at Blank Projects; and STALKING THE FAMILIAR at the AVA, 2010, all for which she received positive critical review. In 2006 Bester was a double finalist for the SASOL NEW SIGNATURES and in 2007 she was selected as a Top Ten Finalist for the ABSA L'ATELIER 2007. Most recently Bester was a Finalist in the INTERNATIONAL CELESTE PRIZE and exhibited her work as part of the award ceremony at the Invisible Dog, New York, in November 2011. In 2013 Bester won first prize for the Hermanus Fynart Competition, sponsored by the South African National Space Agency and judged by Marilyn Martin and Kirtsy Cockerill. Bester has participated in the THUPELO International Workshop, 2005 and in 2008 was selected to participate in the DWAYER International Visual Arts Workshop for Women in Alexandria, Egypt creating an art work in response to objects women brought for her form all over the world. In 2009 she participated in an international collaboration in Cornwall England, and in 2013 she completed a month long residency at 18th Street Studio's, Santa Monica, California for which she was selected by the Africa Centre. Lynette Bester has been active in non profit organizations for the arts sector, including convener of the AVA selection committee from 2004 until 2008, a founding member of VANSA (Visual Arts Network of SA) in 2003 and acted as co-director 2004. Her passion has been in tertiary education in which she has been involved for over a decade. She lectures and is Head of Department of Theory as well as Fine Art at The Ruth Prowse School of Art, Woodstock, Cape Town where she has been employed since 2004. She has also been a part time lecturer in Theory and Discourse at Michaelis, University of Cape Town in 2005 and mixed-media lecturer at Sivuyile College, Gugulethu while completing her MA in FA in 2002. She has also adjudicated the Cape Town Children's Eistedfodd for eight years (2002-2010) and will become its convenor and recommence her role as adjudicater as of the beginning of 2016. She has also been enlisted to judge a number of other competitions including the NICRO Prison Art, United Nations Childens' Peace Poster in 2009 and the Simon's Town Navy Festival Art Competition in 2015.
Art was my major subject at school as well as an Extra Mural subject which I pursued at The Frank Joubert Art School. After School I went to university to study Fine Art.I completed a B.A. in Fine Art (1999) majoring in painting, print making and drawing at the University of Stellenbosch and a M.A. in Fine Art (Cum Laude), also at the University of Stellenbosch (2002) majoring in sculpture under the supervision of Alan Alborough, Standard Bank Artist of the Year of 2000.
2000-2002, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa, Masters Degree in Fine Arts (Cum Laude), specializing in Sculpture under the supervision of Alan Alborough.
1996-1999, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa, Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (majoring in painting and print making) under the supervision of Vivian van der Merwe, Dr. Timo Smuts and Dr. Marion Arnold.
1991-1995, Pinelands High School, Pinelands, Cape Town, South AfricaMatriculated with Senior Certificate, Second In the Western Cape for Art Practical and History.
1985-1995, Frank Joubert Art Centre, Rondebosch, South Africa, Extramural Student majoring in painting, mixed media, calligraphy and ceramics.
Winner of the Hermanus FynArt Competition sponsored by the South African National Space Agency and judged by Marilyn Martin and Kirsty Cockerill.
Africa Centre Artist in Residency programme awarded for 18th Street, Santa Monica, California June 2013.
100 CURATORS 100 DAYS, recognising 1,000 artists for their outstanding work from over 60,000 artists that are currently exhibited on Saatchi Online, from 18 July 2012. www.saatchionline.com/100curators
Finalist for Celeste Prize 2012, International Art Competition, New York .
Nominee for the MTN New Contemporaries Biannual National Art Award.
Saatchi Online Critics Choice, by Georgia Haagsma, 13 September 2010.
ABSA L'Atelier ,Top Ten Finalist with Hammer Without Master, (piano)
Sasol New Signatures Finalist with Heart: Dimensions Variable, 2005, and Untitled (violin), 2005
New Signatures Finalist, Art B. Association of Visual Arts Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa.
Second place in the Fairheads Trust Art Competition hosted at the Michaelis School Of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Residencies and Workshop Participation:
Africa Centre Artist in Residency programme finalist. Residency awarded for 18th Street, Santa Monica, California June 2013.
IN TRANSIT: POST-IT PROJECT, a day residency, 13 October, as part of Liza Grobler's exhibition VISITOR at the Irma Stern, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa. email@example.com
BRISONS VEOR, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, with Collaborative Group: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, September-October 2009.
DWAYER International Workshop for Women, Atelier D’Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.
Tolgate Plaza, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
THUPELO Workshop, AMAC Studios, Cape Town, South Africa.
EXFOLIATE, Co-ordinated by Norman O’Flynn at Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
STALKING THE FAMILIAR, at the AVA, Cape Town.
HEART: DIMENSIONS VARIABLE at Blank Projects, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.
WHOLES CUT OUT at the Cold Room, Cape Town.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
WINTER SHOW, group Exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town.
SMALL CANVAS PROJECT: Imago Mundi, in association with the Benetton Foundation and curated by Nadja Daehnke, a guest at the United Nations, New York.
@PLAY, a group Exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town
SMALL CANVAS PROJECT: Imago Mundi, at the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Benetton Foundation during the Venice Biennale, curated by Nadja Daehnke
EMPIRE, at Everard Read, Cape Town.
TELEPHONE: an international arts game played by over 300 artists from 159 cities in 42 countries launched by the SATELLITE COLLECTIVE on 20 April 2015 telephone.satellitecollective.org
CATHEDRA/CHAIR SHOW at the University of Johannesburg
The Summer Show at the Mount Nelson in collaboration with Everard Read, Cape Town, curated by Emma van der Merwe.
SCINTILLA at Commune 1. Cape Town.
CATHEDRA/CHAIR SHOW at the University of the North West Gallery, Potchefstroom, curated by Gordon Froud.
FEAR & LOSS: THE INDUSTRIAL KAROO curated by Katie du Toit at The Reservoir, Oliewenhuis Pretoria.
THIS IS HAPPENING NOW, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival curated by Jonathan Freemantle at the Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh.
ORIGIN at Hermanus FynArt Competition judged by Marilyn Martin and Brenton Marx.
TELEPHONE: an international arts experiment in connectivity by the Satellite Collective curated by Nathan Langston, New York.
COMMITTEE’S CHOICE, AVA, Cape Town.
Hermanus FynArt Fair, selected by Kirtsy Cockerill and Marilyn Martin
THE SUMMER SHOW, Curated by Joao Ferreira. Casa Labia, Muizenberg.
OUR FATHER, curated by Kirsty Cockerill and Chantal Louw,AVA, Cape Town.
SOUNDING OUT, Curated by Kim Gurney and Thato Mogotsi at the Bag Factory, Fordsburg, Johannesburg.
Celeste Prize International Art Competition Exhibition of Finalists at the Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York.
NATURAL SELECTION, 1991 - 2011, curated by Kirsty Cockerill and Clare Butcher at the AVA in celebration of the AVA's 40 years.
OWN GOAL, a group exhibition in response to the Soccer World Cup.
CONCEPTUAL MATTERS and its sequel, MATTERS CONCEPTUAL, Cape Town.
THIS WEEKEND...?A Performative Installation with the collaborative group, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST. A National Arts Trust Initiative, Cape Cornwall, England.
IN BLACK AND WHITE, at the Bell-Roberts Gallery, Woodstock, Cape Town.
SOCIAL PATTERN, AVA, Cape Town. Curated by Kirsty Cockerill.
TUSSEN NATUUR EN AVONTUUR, Suidoosterfees, Cape Town. Curated by Liza Grobler.
BETWEEN MEANING AND MATTER: Bell-Roberts Gallery,Cape Town.
BARING: AVA, Cape Town.
PRINT ’08: Bell-Roberts Gallery, Woodstock,
THE SALON SHOW: Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
GREENHOUSE: FROM PAINT TO PLASTIC, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
BALL SPORTS, AVA, Cape Town.
ABSA L’Atelier, Finalist Exhibition, Johannesburg.
WITHOUT MASTER, AVA, CapeTown.
PAPER AND ME with Michael Taylor, Adrienne van Eden, Marna Hattingh, Joanne Halse, Hannah Morris and Jeanne Hoffmann, AVA, Cape Town.
WASTE AT WORK, Spier, Presented by Jeanetta Blignaut for COEO.
THE COLLAGE SHOW, What If The World, Woodstock, curated by Micheal Taylor.
The Cape Town Biennale 2006, Presented by Andrew Lamprecht, and Curated by: Kathy Coates at Blank Projects, Cape Town.
SASOL NEW SIGNATURES, Pretoria Art Museum
AFETOS ROUBADOS/STOLEN AFFECTIONS, Goethe Institute, Bahai, Brazil
THUPELO, AMAC, South Africa
EXFOLIATE, Cape Town.
YDESIRE, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town