Refilwe, Embroidery Large, 63cm x 86cm, Lerato Motau
An ode to special Women: In conversation with Lerato Motau

At first glance one is drawn to the different facial expressions, the elaborate headdresses and the colorful collars adorned by the women portrayed in Lerato Motau’s Ten Thousand Women, her second solo exhibition currently on at AITY Gallery in Franschhoek. In this form of Black figuration, the artist employs embroidery as a form of painting. Motau uses this layered form of storytelling to celebrate and memorialize the community of women around her, who have been with her through thick and thin.

In this conversation with writer Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti, the artist discusses different aspects of this unique last edition of works.


Helen van Stolk’s fifth solo exhibition, and fourth with AITY Gallery in Franschhoek, The Magic & The Mystery’, is a celebration of colour and varied mark-making.

This collection’s fully immersive large scale presence invites us in with open arms. With fascination and enchantment, Helen’s external tangible world is woven into her work and alchemised with her internal thoughts. 

To add to the vibrancy of the conversation, the odd poet or word, musician or note, artist or colour palette shows up – messengers of such delight, adding energy that excites. 

Leaning into what uplifts and deeply moves her, and the energy of vibrating colours and layers of varied mark-making, we are brought to a place where time stands still.  A moment we can capture and savour – a blend of affinity and focus.