January 2017

FLUXUS NOW, a project by Space Space Gallery featuring artist works Blazing Empress, Aaron Carter, Spencer Lai, Amber Wright, Roberta Joy Rich and Tshepo Moloi, installed across various locations in Johannesburg CBD.

Street view of a corner in Johannesburg with paste ups on the sitde of bines and electrical boxes that look like ads, with prayer hands.

Image: Roberta Joy Rich, Deny paste ups, 2017. Digital prints presented on various poles, walls & electricity boxes in New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Image courtesy of Space Space Gallery.

April 8th - April 15th, 2017

Selected prints will be exhibited in Capturing State, a group exhibition curated by Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival held in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa.

May 25th - June 24th, 2017

The Capturing State group exhibition curated by Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival held in Oudtshoorn, is touring Johannesburg! Prints from the exhibition will be shown at Assemblage studios, opening Thursday 25th May from 5.30 - 8.30pm.


Exhibition Flyer with show details and image of two faces seperated by lines, in black and white ink, an artwork by V. Kohler and M. Ngoyi.

May 25th, 2017

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Recipients 2017


The Freedman Foundation and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists; Alexandra Spence (NSW), Roberta Joy Rich (VIC), Sara Retallick (VIC), Spence Messih.


Roberta Rich (VIC) will undertake self-directed research exploring the history of the South African Race Relations Institute and tracing slave African ancestry in Cape Town and Johannesburg.


“Receiving this award is very exciting and has come at a time that will allow me to continue the great momentum of my research in South Africa and to shape my practice's future aesthetic developments” - Roberta Joy Rich


An exhibition featuring works by this year’s recipients is being curated by Dara Wei, who has received a Curatorial Scholarship from The Freedman Foundation through the Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership program at UNSW Art & Design. The exhibition opens at UNSW Galleries on 11 August 2017 and will also showcase works by the returning scholars from 2015: Claudia Nicholson (NSW), George Egerton-Warburton (WA), Jason Phu (NSW) and Jorgen Doyle (Tas).

Logos of NAVA, The Freedman Foundation and UNSW Galleries.

May 27th - June 20th, 2017

Capturing State, a group exhibition curated by Prints on Paper

Hosted at the Dead Bunny Society


OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, 27 May from 3 pm

23 Voorhout Street, 2nd Floor, Ellis House, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg



Sanele Omari Jali | Vivien Kohler | Io Makandal | Minenkulu Ngoyi |Roberta Joy Rich |

MJ Turpin | Isaac Zavale


Dead Bunny Society is proud to present a selection of works from the “Capturing State” exhibition which has been developed and curated by Isaac Zavale and Minenkulu Ngoyi, directors of Prints on Paper, and first presented at the Klein Karoo National Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn in April 2017.

Click here for Press Release.

Exhibition flyer with image of screenprint with split rainbow fountain reading colouredtm.

June 27th - November 12th, 2017

ONE COLOUR AT A TIME - Contemporary Screen Prints, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa


Two of my serigraph prints will be exhibited as part of this group show, leading up to WAM's Andy Warhol exhibition. WAM in collaboration with Artist Proof Studios, Prints on Paper and the Wits School of Arts will host an exhibition featuring various South African artists that have produced screen prints, in recent years. There is an accompanying lecture that will be a sneak preview of the content of the upcoming exhibition, One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screen Prints.

Exhibition flyer with an artwork by Jessica Doucha. Fine pine sticks some with colour on their ends cross over each other near a black circle.
Logos of Wits School of Arts, Wits Art Museum, Wits Uni, Prints on Paper and Arts Proof Studio

"Fine art screenprinting continues to flourish in South Africa! This is evident in the selection of young and emerging artists, producing exciting work in this medium, who will be showcased in WAM's forthcoming exhibition One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screenprints.


In an initiative to showcase recent contemporary work being made in South Africa, WAM invited three printing studios located in Johannesburg: Artist Proof Studio (APS), Prints on Paper (POP) and Division of Visual Arts, Wits School of Arts (DIVA) to collaboratively curate the exhibition."


Exhibiting artists:

Alexandré Vosloo, Allyssa Herman, Alphabet Zoo, Angus MacKinnon, Antonio Pacheho, Atang Tshikare, Audrey Salmon, Ben Eagle, Bevan de Wet, Boipelo Khunou, Dineo Diphofa,

Gary Stephens, Gawie Joubert, Io Makandal, Isaac Zavale, Jessica Doucha, Lebogang Mabusela,

Lee Jardine, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Malebona Maphutse, Mary-Lee Makunye, Michael Owen Petersen, Mini Ngoyi, MJ Turpin, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, Mr Lean, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Norman Catherine, Nthabeleng Godisamang Masulubele, Reneilwe Mathibe,

Roberta Joy Rich, Sanele Omari Jali, Sara-Aimee Verity, Sifiso Temba, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Sindiso Nyoni, Siwa Mgoboza, Stephan Erasmus, Su Opperman, Tatenda Magaisa,  Thabiso Kholobeng,

Thenjiwe Nkosi, Vivien Kohler, Yolanda Mtombeni, Zinhle Gule.


Wits Art Museum

Corner Bertha (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Opening hours: Wednesdays to Sundays 10h00 - 16h00.

Tel (Mon - Fri): 011 717 1365
Tel (Sat - Sun): 011 717 1358

July 24th, 2017

Verso, an independent Kaurna Country (Adelaide, Australia) based online arts platform for artists, writers and curators invited me to write about my Johannesburg residency at Assemblage. Have a read in the link below for some insights for my upcoming solo exhibition at Blak Dot Gallery.

Deny / Denial / Denied; Reflecting on Coloured™ identities, a Johannesburg studio residency and the practice of Roberta Joy Rich.

Woman with long brown curly hair tied back wearing a purple shirt with gold buttons looks to the right. In the backgroung is a tapestry artwork.

July 31st, 2017

The National Association for the Visual Arts and this year's Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition Curator, Dara Wei, invited me for a QnA to talk about my arts practice and work in the upcoming Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition at UNSW Galleries.

Click here to read the interview!

Woman with hand on hip wearing gold and back standing in front of three framed artworks on a white wall is above text for a link to an interview

Opening Thursday August 3rd, 2017

Deny / Denial / Denied, Blak Dot Gallery, Wurundjeri Country, (Melbourne, Australia).

Detail of a screen print work with layers of text from a book outlines of words deny denial denied and in red centered, the word colouredtm.
Exhibition flyer with text detailing name, time and place details of artist exhibition with logos and sponsors.

September 20th, 2017

Footscray Community Arts Centre's Spring Program is now out and circulating Melbourne!

Featuring an array of amazing workshops, performances and events, included is this year's

Emerging Cultural Leaders, with details of our upcoming Showcase event at FCA Performance Space, Thursday 9th November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. FREE! Watch this space for more updates!

Left is a group of young people smiling looking up at the Camera with a black background, Right is famous Black Trans activist Marsha P. Johnson

September 25th, 2017

This October - Prints on Paper Studio and Priest bring you Parable and Parabole



Minenkulu Ngoyi, Sanele Omari Jali, Sthembiso Zwane, Sifiso Themba, Bevan Jordan De Wet, Gawie Joubert, Ben Eagle, Chad Flz Cordeiro, Thenjiwe Nkosi, Mary-lee Makunye, Isaac Zavale, MJ Turpin, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Roberta Joy Rich, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Stephan Erasmus, Fred Clarke, Mandisi Lean (Mr. Lean), R!OT (Sindiso Nyoni), Cyzo (Joel Matladi) and Audrey Anderson.


Opening First Thursday, 5th of October 2017 to 25th of October 2017 at Priest Gallery and Espressobar on Jan Smuts, Johannesburg, South Africa. For more details see the Facebook event here.

Exhibition Flyer image with navy text and dark blue, blue and red abstract figure drawing.

Wednesday November 8th, 2017

Reppin' The Emerging Cultural Leaders Showcase 2017 in this edition of the Star Weekly, in their

"My Place" feature. You can read the article online here.


Newspaper article with text and photo of a woman smiling with make up, curly brown hair, beaded necklace and black tshirt that reads ColouredTM.

Thursday November 9th, 2017

The Emerging Cultural Leaders Showcase 2017, Footscray Community Arts Centre,

Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri Country, (Melbourne, Australia).

Click here to see more images of the event.  Below image and event photos by Shuttermain.

African diaspora woman stands in front of her artworks of screenprints, tshirts and hanging tapestry in a black gallery space.

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