Jeannette Unite is a visual artist who is immersed in the materiality of the art making process whether it is using her own large hand-made chalk-based pastels with mineral oxides or using similar metal oxides in glass artworks, paintings or prints. She uses images, information and metaphors from mining as a point of departure for her reflections on her own personal journeys.
She travels to mining and industrial sites for samples, to research and photographically record evidence of the residual remains of power, industrialisation and neo-colonialism on the African landscape. She studied towards a BA Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town from 1981 until 1986, and studied further at UNISA while teaching at Frank Joubert Art Centre until demand for her artwork propelled her into full time art practice in 1997. She continues to live and work in, and travel from her studio in Cape Town.


Masters in Fine Art (MFA) (distinction), Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
Workshops in Materiality, re-introducing formal gesso, rabbit glue and paint preparation processes into painting department, co-ordinating specialists, artists materials workshops in pastels and paint, Michaelis School Fine Art, UCT.
Assisting PHD student with a 'Drawing From the Ground' pastel making workshop.
EMEP - teacher art training in Nyanga
Frank Joubert Art Centre, taught printmaking and general art.
Taught adult education drawing classes: If You Can See You Can Draw
Taught Painting classes: Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway
University of South Africa
Facilitated workshops; Gallery 709; Adderley Street & Franschhoek
Michaelis School of Fine Art, University Cape Town


Mzansi Golden Economy Grant, SA Department of Arts & Culture for TERRA in Dortmund, Germany and Exeter University, UK
MacIver Scholarship, University of Cape Town
Academic Grant, University of Cape Town
Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) grant, University of Cape Town
Jules Kramer Travel Grant, University of Cape Town
Academic Grant : University of Cape Town ARC - The Visual University and its Columbarium ARC
Fellowship Artist Residency, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town
AEGIS African Travel Grant to University Autonoma, Madrid Spain
Artist-in-Residency, RaMoma Art Museum, Nairobi, Kenya
Art Moves Africa (AMA) Research Grant for Travel in Africa
Tashkent Biennale merit award for original use of natural materials
Awarded Glass Wall Installation / Public Art Competition, CSIR Department Science and Technology, Pretoria
Bag Factory, Fordsburg Artists’ Studios (Triangle Network) Johannesburg
Constitutional Hill (Glass & Steel Water History Sculpture) Finalist
Thupela Workshop, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Annex
Thupela Workshop, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Annex
Kellogg’s Young Artists’ Award First Prize, National Art Competition Prize: 4 Year all-inclusive international art scholarship


Anglo American HQ Kumba, Johannesburg
Bell Dewars Incorporated
Clifford Chance, Brussels, Belgium
Chevron HQ, Century City
Department of Science and Technology, CSIR Building, Pretoria
Development Bank of South Africa, Johannesburg DEVS, Cape Town
Fairbridges, Cape Town
Goldstone Resources, Cape Town
Iso-leisure, Johannesburg
Isqithi HQ, Johannesburg
Liberty Holdings, Cape Town & Umhlanga, Kwazulu
Louis Karol Architects, Johannesburg
MTN, Johannesburg
Old Mutual Place, London
Pezula, Knysna
Swiss:Re, Johannesburg
Tronox HQ, Sandton
Tullow Oil, Convention Towers
Chemical Engineering Building, University of Cape Town
Vodacom, Cape Town
William Humphreys Art Museum, Kimberley


Complicit Geographies edited Ivor Powell
Editor Ivor Powell. 400 pages. Monograph on artwork by Jeannette Unite investigating how Wealth from land and Earth is divided, measured and allocated and global cycles of extraction, consumption and waste.

TERRA ivor powell
A peer-reviewed monograph with art reproductions and photographs of the artists journeys and research into the African Industrial Landscape over two decades.
Editors: Andrew Lamprecht & Ivor Powell
Contributing Authors: Dr Ashraf Jamal, Kim Gurney, Professor Marian Tredoux, Kathryn Smith
Distribution Information: Pages: 192 full-colour
Photographs: ca. 750 art reproductions; photographs
Softcover Edition: ISBN: 978-1-920022-01-3 R350
Hardcopy Edition: ISBN: 978-1-920022-02-0 POA
Collector Edition: ISBN: 978-1-920022-03-7 POA 26 art books Format: 265mm x 240mm
Binding: Stitched
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'Headgear: Mining Engineering Drawings'
Critical Interventions, 6: 91-101, Spring 2010

'TERRA: Sands and Detritus Soiled with History'
Art South Africa, 9(1): 98-9, Spring 2010

'Exploring the Visual Residues of Colonial Exploitation'
Nukta Art: Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan. 5 (1): 80-85


The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape

The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape, a group exhibition curated by Professor Michael Godby shown at the Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, until 11 September 2010. Read more...

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35th International Geology Congress, Invited Earth mining artist, CTICC
TERRA Museum Am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Mining Our Heritage | Bergbau Unser Erbe – Germany Preview, Abalone Hermanus Fynarts
In Plain Sight: Social Life in South Africa and Romania before and after 1989, Aparte Gallery of George Enescu Uni of Arts, Iasi & Borderline Art Space, Iasi, Romania
Out of the Fire, Into the Light Dr Ingram Anderson, Glass exhibition, AVA, Pretoria
STRATA two-woman show with Isabel Mertz at ISart, Franscchhoek
Charting curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Eclectica Contemporary, Burg Street Cape Town
Woordfees curated by Alex Hamilton Stellenbosch
Colori sotto il Visuvio (The Colours of Vesuvius), Il ramo d'oro Centre of Arts and Culture, Naples, Italy
Bi-Centenary William 'Strata' Smith, Innovation Centre, University of Exeter
PREVIEW Bi-Centenary William 'Strata' Smith, Jo'burg Art Fair Fringe curated by Carol Brown, Mboneng, Johannesburg
LAW & ORE, Youngblood Foundation Gallery, Cape Town
Between Democracies curated By Judy Peter, Karen von Vey & Richard Gregor, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Fear & Loss in the Industrial Karoo, Curator Katie Du Toit, Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein | Pretoria Art Museum | Graaff-Rennet
Blowing in the Wind, curator Carol Brown, KZNSA Gallery, Durban and University of the Orange Free State, Art Museum.
Between Conceptual and Spiritual, curated by Ortrud Mulder, Abalone Gallery, part of FynArts Festival, Hermanus
Celebrate 2015, Oude Libertas Art Gallery, Stellenbosch
LAW & ORE, Abalone Gallery, Hermanus
EXTRACT, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town and Cologne, Germany
COMPLICIT GEOGRAPHIES, Fine Arts Master's Degree exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town (MFA with Distinction)
HERE / THERE, UCT and WITS Masters students, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town
HAWK Guerrilla Video Projections on land and group Art Intervention, (curator Lien Botha) Overstrand, Western Cape
Residuum: Mines & Machines Installation at the Western Cape Archives & Records Service, Old Gaol, Roeland Street, Cape Town
Exhibition & Presentation: 9th IMHC International Mining History Conference, Johannesburg
HAWK Group Art Intervention, (curated by Lien Botha) Overberg, Western Cape (project printed map)
Return to the Archive, Museum Africa, Johannesburg
Paradox of Plenty, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town Installation of mining archive & artist-in-residency
Mining the African Industrial Landscape: Presentation; Conflicts & Natural Resources: African Studies Conference, AEGIS, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Artists Visual Response to the Industrial Landscape: Presentation The Paradox of Plenty, Joburg Art Fair, September
On the Surface: The Heritage of Mines and Mining; conference University Innsbruck, Austria
Iizkhwepha Zhetu / Shaping our Minds, (curated by Phumzile Dlamini) Durban Art Gallery (catalogue)
3 Parts: More Harmony, South African, United Arab Emirates & Mozambique artists (curated by Phumzile Dlamini), Durban Art Gallery (catalogue)
Alumni Exhibition & Auction, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (catalogue)
6 Meters Under, 4th Beijing International Art Biennale, China
The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape,(curated by Michael Godby), Michaelis Collection, Old Town House Museum (catalogue)
Fragile Earth Glass, Project Room, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
TERRA: Above Below, Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein (Catalogue)
Salon de Confuses,(curated by Andrew Lamprecht) Rose Korber Art Salon Mining the Artists Pallette in the African Industrial Landscape: Presentation at the Colour Colloquium, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Mineral Resources and Residues of Power in the African Industrial Landscape, Presentation at ICACD (3rd International Conference on African Cultural Development) Cultural Imperatives for Development: 50 Years Post Independent Africa, Kumasi, Ghana
Headgears, 9th Tashkent Biennale, Central Asia, Uzbekistan
Presentation ‘The Colonial Gaze’ Scientific conference, Urban Philosophy: Anthropological Landscape’, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Earthscars: Mining the African Landscape: Presentation AngloGold Ashanti, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg
Headgear, Inaugural solo exhibition, AngloGold HQ, Turbine Hall, JHB
Earthscars: Mining African Landscape, XLIIIrd AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Congress, The Relations Between Art and Science: Complicity, Criticality, Knowledge, Dublin Castle, Ireland
On Top of the World, (curated by Andre Vorster) (catalogue)
Earthscars, 20:20 Presentation at VANSA, Spin Street, Cape Town
Remembering the Future, Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Old Gaol, Roeland Street, Cape Town
Re-structuring the Colonial, Group Exhibition, Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
Natural Form, Group Exhibition Artists Working in Glass, The Edge Glass Gallery, Cape Town
Hot Earth, Artworks in response to travels to copper mines of Namaqualand. Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
Visions of Africa, (curated by Dirk Oegema) Pretoria Art Museum
Earthscars, Anne Bryant Art Museum, East London
HERM: Boundaries Between the Wild and Cultivated, collaboration Cumbria Institute of Arts, Ann Bryant Art Museum, East London
Gunfree South Africa, Constitution Hill Auction, Johannesburg
Earthscars: A Visual Mining Exploration, William Humphreys Art Museum, Kimberley
Earthscars: A Visual Mining Exploration, Mozambique National Gallery, Maputo, Mozambique
Earthscars: A Visual Mining Exploration, Irma Stern Museum Gallery, University of Cape Town
Surfacing, with Lynne Lomofsky, Unite Studio, Cape Town
S.U.M., Bag Factory Residency Exhibition, Fordsburg Art Studios, Johannesburg (catalogue)
Sentences & Gestures, Zebra II, Hampstead, London
South African Artists, Old Mutual Place, London
Sentences, Bell-Roberts Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town (catalogue)
Heart For Art, Red Cross Fundraiser, The Foundry, Cape Town
SA Today, Signature Artist,(curator Patrick Lagus), Fair Centre, Helsinki
Blue Danube, animated projection, edited by Koeka Stander, concert with Sibelius Orchestra, Helsinki, Finland
Sentences, art animation film, 8 minutes, edited by Koeka Stander
Artichoke, Multimedia event, Sandton Civic Centre, Johannesburg
Thresholds, Irma Stern Museum Gallery, University of Cape Town
Paper Prayers, Hardground Printmakers, National Travelling Show
Inaugural Group Exhibition, National Library of South Africa, Cape Town
Softserve, Public Eye Event, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Thupela Workshop, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Recent Works, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
Abstracts, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Print Triennial, Musee d’Art Contemporain Internationale, Lyon, France
South Africa in Black and White, Print exhibition (curated by Ray Maylen), South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Aids Awareness, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Brides, (curated by Christopher Peter), Irma Stern Museum Gallery, University of Cape Town
Recent Works, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Art Now, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Critics’ Choice, AVA Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Sensuous Images, Wandel Street Gallery, Cape Town
Young Artists’ Exhibition, 1st Prize, Kellogg’s Foundation (catalogue)