"DNA of the veld" - land art by Janet Botes in the Tankwa Karoo using stones

the stones speak.

Aiming to make a positive change using art to inspire, support & heal, Janet’s previous projects include a tree-planting ceremony as part of her solo exhibition ‘The Stones Speak, The Moss Whispers’, Land Art gatherings in Cape Town and the Garden Route since 2011, and Beach Cleanups in collaboration with WESSA. In 2018 she organised VERGE endangered species art exhibition and environmental talks in Knysna, and in 2012 the (eco)nversations art exhibition at the Green Expo in Cape Town. For Spring and Summer of 2023 Janet opened and managed Ethos gallery with Ashleigh de Villiers at Timberlake Organic Village, Wilderness, South Africa. She offers workshops and outdoor experiences with the aim of helping to unearth, support, and develop people’s inherent creativity and elemental connections.

Janet has contributed art, installations, performances and land art as part of these projects and residencies:

  • Land Art Programme at Plett Art Festival (2022 – 2023)
  • Tankwa Artscape, South Africa (2019-2023).
  • Knysna Art Fair
  • Wilderness Art Festival
  • OPENLab2016, as part of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an initiative of the Vrystaat Arts Festival and University of the Free State. This included a week-long residency at MAP (Modern Art Projects) in Richmond. (July 2016).
  • Stories of Rain (GNAP South Africa / Global Nomadic Art Project (2016)).
  • The Global Nomadic Art Project, by Yatoo-i, South Korea. (August 2015).
  • Thupelo (2015)
  • Site_Specific International Land Art Biennale, Plettenberg Bay.
  • Snake Eagle Thinking Path (Matjiesfontein & Doekvoetdenkpad (Loxton) as part of the Karoo Geoglyph Project

Read the Green Art Manifesto written by Kai Lossgott as part of (eco)nversations >>
Read an introduction to ‘Green Art’ >>
View more about past projects >>

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