Stories of Rain Conversations


You are invited to Stories of Rain Conversations – a day of presentations and discussion on our interconnections with land, place and people.

CONVERSATIONS Stories of Rain – Global Nomadic Art Project, South Africa 2016

Stories of Rain, the South African leg of the Global Nomadic Art Project (GNAP) 2016 initiated by Yatoo – the South Korean Nature Arts Association, follows in the steps of the First Peoples of South Africa, featuring local and international artists.

Stories of Rain is a non-profit initiative hosted by volunteers of the Site_Specific Collective – a land and nature art initiative based in South Africa.

Stories of Rain Conversations reflects the experiences and work of artists traversing the South African landscape engaging environmental issues, history and place. In this time of palpable climate change, humanity finds itself at the cusp of profound natural and cultural transformation.

Join us in this opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, where we are and how we might best continue.

WEDNESDAY, 5 October 2016, 09h00 – 16h30
Hotel Verde, Cape Town
15 Michigan Street Airport Industria

R 250 per person (includes tea and lunch)
katty vandenberghe, SMS 084 828 7370
(Bookings will be confirmed through EFT payment: Refr.: SORyourName)

If you who would like to attend but are financially constrained, bursary positions are available by request. Please forward your details with a short paragraph on why you’d like to attend.


We are honoured to have the following people participate in this conversation:

  • Sylvia Vollenhoven
    Writer, award winning journalist, playwright, filmmaker and visionary – producer of ‘The Keeper of the Kumm’ project.
  • Dr Pippa Skotnes
    Professor of Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, artist, curator, scholar, and founder of the Centre for Curating the Archive. Curator of the Bleek and Lloyd collection and its extended archive – author of ‘Claim to the Country’.
  • Colin Campbell
    Practitioner of traditional African medicine – facilitator of international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology.
  • Dr Jurie van der Heever
    Senior vertebrate palaeontologist in the Palaeontology Research Group, Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch
  • Strijdom van der Merwe
    Artist, co-founder of the first South African Land Art Biennale and the Site_Specific Collective.
  • Kai Lossgott
    Interdisciplinary artist, Winner of Barclays l’Atelier Award for African Artists 2015, researcher and human-in-training.
  • Virginia MacKenny
    Associate Professor of Painting, Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT. Environmental Humanities UCT postgraduate programme. Artist, curator, writer.
  • International artists and their South African hosts will present and share their respective journeys of the past month, including: Janet Botes (South Africa); Hannelie Coetzee (South Africa); Marie Gayatri (Sweden); Mahmoud Maktabi (Iran); Imke Rust (Namibia/Germany); Kim Soonim (Korea); Ulrika Sparre (Sweden); Patrick Tagoe-Turkson (Ghana); Strijdom van der Merwe (South Africa)

We look forward to your participation and presence.


We thank Hotel Verde for their support in hosting this event. Hotel Verde is a green initiative, be sure to read more about them on their website.

Artwork in the header: “Following the wave” by Ko, Seung-hyun, at Langebaan, during #GNAPSA #GNAP2016