Artists | Allina Ndebele

2018
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Sinethemba Twalo
Abdulrazaq Awofeso
Jabu Arnell and Sinethemba Twalo
Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi
Terrence Musekiwa

2016
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa

2015
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul

2014
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere

2013
Ashraf Moneim
Awaad Issa
Lara Bourdin
Zanele Muholi
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers

2012
Koyo Kouoh
Michele Tabor
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede

2011
Hasan and Husain Essop
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Leo Lefort

2010
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye

2009
Adriaan de Villiers
Hadia Gana
Zanele Muholi

2007
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan

2006
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita

2005
Rehab El Sadek

2003
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpé

2002
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Darryl Accone
Nawaal Deane
Henk Rossouw
Rafs Mayet
Louis Mhlanga

2001
Krishna Luchoomun

2000
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl

1999
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer

1998
Mustafa Maluka

1997
Shepard Mtyshelwa
Liza du Plessis
Allina Ndebele
Greg Streak
Dominic Tshabangu

1996
Stephen Maqashela

1995
Ina van zyl
Progress Matubako

1993
Tito Zungu
Noria Mbabasa
Helen Sebidi
Sue Williamson
David Koloane
Andries Botha
Pat Mautloa

1992
Sandra Kriel
Clifford Charles
Dianse Paulse
Sarah Tabane

South Africa
Allina Ndebele

Allina Ndebele built her weaving mill in a remote settlement near Swart-Mfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal in 1977. Before that she worked many years as a weaver, teacher and supervisor at ELC Art and Crafts Centre in Rorke’s Drift. During this period, she also lived in Sweden for some time where she was educated further in weaving. To South Africa and beyond, Rorke’s Drift is legendary for the role the centre played in the development of art among the black population during apartheid.
Allina Ndebele finds inspiration in local legends and stories told by her mother and grandmother during her youth. With hand-woven wool, painted by herself, she recreates the myths of Zulu into large, intensely coloured textiles. The process of making tapestry is a very long and completative one which requires complete concentration. However, Ndebele uses no supporting drawing except the image in her mind’s eye.
In 1998 Allina Ndebele was awarded the Thami Mnyele Prize, for making an exceptional and positive contribution to both art and society, in the present and the past. According to the Foundation, Allina Ndebele won the award because, ‘under the most difficult circumstances, she has succeeded in building up a meaningful life as an artist and has set up a weaving mill which has increased the employment and opportunities for development in her immediate surroundings. Through the quality of her work, the love for her heritage, sense of social responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and belief in her own abilities, she is an example for the qualities on which South Africa has built a new future’.

Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.