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Winnie Nene

Winnie Nene was born on Christmas Day in 1971, at Pofane, in the Champagne Valley.

She only spent a few years at school before her mother asked her to stay at home and look after her younger brothers and sisters as her father was in jail.

Later on she worked in the housekeeping section of Champagne Sports Resort. She also married and had five children.

Winnie found out about Ardmore through her sister, Jabu, and through Punch Shabalala, her brother’s girlfriend and one of Ardmore’s leading artists.

They encouraged Winnie to approach Fée Halsted and she joined Ardmore’s ‘Berg studio in 1996.

Winnie enjoys painting large tureens and bowls and is known for her bold use of red, green and black. Her work is in the botanical, Afro-Persian manner favoured by Punch Shabalala.

Winnie is a tall, strong woman who has made many friends at Ardmore. She is often found painting alongside her sisters, Jabu and Zinhle Nene, and Rosemary Nikeziwe.

She loves her work and is keen to improve her skills further and to grow with Ardmore.

Winnie had a break from working with Ardmore in 2009 but in the latter part of 2014 she began painting again from home. She rejoined Ardmore Caversham in the latter part of 2016.

Her daughter, Slindi, is also part of the Ardmore family.

Exhibitions

Awards


Korean Biennale (Merit award)

Exhibitions

1996


Meklenberg Groote Schuur, Cape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst Galleryv

1998


Exhibition SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

EssenGermany

Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux Street GalleryFranschhoek

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersJohannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigJohannesburg

2006


Amaridian GalleryUnited States

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s auctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryUnited States

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon

2010


Anagama GalleryFrance

Pascoe & Co.United States

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)United States

‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire’United States

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria

Anagama, VersaillesFrance

2012

2013/2014 - Punch


International Ceramic ShowUnited States

‘Ardmore Aviary’Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

‘Endangered Animals’ exhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada Faire Antiques and CollectablesJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersHermanus

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersCape Town

‘Grand Carnival’, fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersJohannesburg

ArdmoreLuxembourg

ArdmoreMauritius

ArdmoreBeaune

ArdmoreGeneva

Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

ArdmoreAustralia