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Department of Visual Arts
Pieter Swanepoel

Tel: +27 12 420 3931

Pieter Swanepoel is a lecturer in Fine Arts in the Department of Visual Arts. He did his undergraduate Fine Arts studies at the University of Pretoria and later completed a Masters in visual arts at the University of South Africa. He has been an active participant in various art fields, including literature, drama, art criticism and the fine arts. Over the past two decades he has taught in a number of visual arts fields, including drawing, graphic design, art history and fine arts. More recent research interests include: masculinity in popular culture, debates concerned with theory-and-practice, politics of the artworld and most recently practice-led research in the fine arts.

He has published widely on art in the popular press over a period of some 10 years and more recently also contributed to peer reviewed publications and chapters in books, having also delivered a number of papers at conferences on subjects ranging from popular culture to art criticism and fine arts. Published material in the popular press appeared in Beeld, Insig, Vrye Weekblad, De Kat, Rapport, and peer reviewed publications appeared in De Arte (journal), while chapters in books appeared in South African Visual Culture (2005), Taking a hard look (2009) and Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development (2013).

Has been a member of a number of arts related committees and has served as an external examiner for various institutions over a 20 year period, served on the Quality Assurance Review Panels for other institutions, and was a refereed art exhibitions as creative research outputs, as well as for journals and conference papers.

Pieter Swanepoel has also served on the judging panel of national art competitions, including PPC (2010), Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award (2013, 2014) and New Signatures (2014).

As a practicing fine artist Pieter has contributed to over 50 art exhibitions over a 26 year period. Exhibitions of the past ten years include: Group Show, Gordart, Johannesburg (2004), Dwardseur, Art Space, Johannesburg (2005), Fried Contemporary Opening, Pretoria (2005), Merely Mortal, Fab Mixed Bag, Johannesburg (2005), Boere Kitch, Gordart Gallery (2007), Visuality/Commentary, University of Pretoria (2008); Arts Alive, Pretoria (June, 2008); Landscapes, The Worldart Gallery, Johannesburg (July/August 2008); Painting Now, Magpie Gallery, Pretoria (September 2008); On the Globe, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria (October 2008); Saint Sebastian, SA Arts Association, Pretoria (March/April 2009); Dystopia, Pretoria (Unisa) and Johannesburg (Museum Africa) (2009/2010); POSTERtheft, iArt Gallery, Cape Town (2009); Visual Arts Staff, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria (2010); Terra Nulius, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria (2012), Makeshift, University of Pretoria (2012); Metro Musings, University of Pretoria (2013), Hidden Urban Histories, University of Pretoria (2013).