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Artist, Curator, Writer

Gavin Jantjes

  • CountrySouth Africa
  • Born1948


Gavin Jantjes is an artist who has exhibited internationally. Born in Cape Town South Africa, he completed his studies at Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1969. A year later, he left South Africa on a scholarship to the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, in Hamburg, where he remained until 1982, choosing not to return to apartheid South Africa.

He moved to Britain where he curated a number of exhibitions, lectured widely and served on the advisory boards of several galleries. Jantjes has had several solo exhibitions as well as participated in group shows, in Europe, South Africa, Cuba and the United States. He has since returned to live in South Africa.

He was a council member of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1986 to 1990. During this time he was responsible for the development of the Arts Council’s policy on cultural diversity set out in the report “Toward Cultural Diversity”. In 1992 he was the Arts Council’s consultant for the creation of the Institute of International Visual Art (inIVA) and co-ordinated the “New Internationalism” symposium for inIVA with the Tate Gallery in May of 1994.

He has served as a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery from 1986 to 1994. He was an adviser to the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, from 1992 to 95 and a trustee of the Serpentine Gallery, London, from 1995 -98.

He held a senior lectureship at Chelsea College of Art, The London Institute, from 1986 to 1998.

In 1998 he was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway. In 2000 he initiated the “Oslo Open” for the city of Oslo and has been an advisor to the Norwegian Arts Council since 1999. He is a member of the appointments committee for Documenta 12.

His essays and lectures have been published in many national and international publications and art journals. His curatorial research on internationalism has shaped the program at Henie Onstad art Centre and is outlined in “A Fruitful Incoherence: dialogues with artists on internationalism” published by inIVA London.

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