About

As a working artist I have exhibited my work in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, and have sold work to private and public collectors in South Africa and overseas.

I am currently Academic Leader of the Centre for Visual Art (CVA), UKZN, where I completed a Practice-led PhD (PLR) in 2013.

In addition to my current portfolio of art making, academic management, teaching, supervision and research, I have art teaching experience at high school and adult education levels and have worked in the development facilitation context in KwaZulu-Natal. I was a founder member of DWEBA, an NGO that worked with rural craftswomen and developed a participatory training methodology using drawing as a central component. This methodology was published as a resource guide in 2001 entitled "Drawing our Lives".

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Preparing to install Landscape with Inanna in Hallowed Ground for 'Instæruption' at KZNSA Gallery, Durban. July 2019

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014   "Migration", artSPACE durban, Durban.

2012   "Fine Lines", University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg; KZNSA, Durban; Grande Provence, Franschhoek.

2007   Exhibition of paintings and drawings, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town.

2006   Exhibition of paintings and drawings, artSPACE durban, Durban.

2005   Exhibition of MAFA body of work, consisting of paintings and drawings, Jack Heath Gallery, UKZN.

2000   Exhibition of drawings and paintings, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg and Bayside Art Gallery, Durban.

1990   Exhibition of drawing, collage and prints, Grassroots Gallery, Westville.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019   “CVA Instæruption”, KZNSA Gallery, Durban.

2018   “Five Degrees of Separation”, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2018   “Fabulous Picture Show”, Tatham Art Gallery.

2017   “Five Degrees of Realism”, KZNSA, Durban.

2017   “Fabulous Picture Show”, Tatham Art Gallery.

2016   “Fabulous Picture Show”, Tatham Art Gallery.

2015   “Fabulous Picture Show”, Tatham Art Gallery.

2015   “KZN Artists”, Longmynd Gallery, Hillcrest.

2013   "New Beginnings", Franschhoek.

2013   "Fabulous Picture Show", Tatham Art Gallery.

2011   "New Identity", Grande Provence, Franschhoek.

2011   "Memories", Artisan Contemporary Gallery, Durban.

2010   Jabulisa 2010 - Natal Arts Trust juried exhibition, opening at the Tatham Art Gallery; touring KZN & the rest of the country.

2010   "Big is Beautiful", artSPACE durban, Durban.

2010   William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.

2010   "Exhibition of Works on Paper and Ceramics", John Milton Art Gallery, St. Paul's School, London.

2009   "outofthebox", Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2009   "Contemporary Reflections", Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2009   "Creating Minds", joint performance/exhibition with Christopher Duigan, Pietermaritzburg.

2009   Kwanyoni group exhibition, Hilton.

2009   "Fabulous Picture Show", Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2008   CVA staff and Post graduate exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2007   CVA staff and Post Graduate exhibition, Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.

2007   Kwanyoni group exhibition, Hilton.

2006   Jabulisa 2006 - Natal Arts Trust juried exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg and Durban Art Gallery, Durban.

2005   "Walk and Squawk" exhibition of prints – a collaborative programme between UKZN and the University of Michigan, USA.

2003   Natal Biennial – Natal Arts Trust juried exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2003   Staff and post graduate student exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, CVA, UNP.

2001   Tribute to Nancy Nielsen-Baker, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

1999   "Past Graduates" Exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, UNP.

1998   "15 Graduates" Exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, UNP.

1990   Volkskas Exhibition, Durban.

1989   Human Rights Exhibition, Durban.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Ellerman House Contemporary Collection, Cape Town.

Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

Natal Law Society, Pietermaritzburg.

REVIEWS / BIBLIOGRAPHY

Roome, John. 5 DEGREES OF REALISM: An exhibition by Terri Broll, Ian Calder, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham, Louise Hall, and Terence King at the KZNSA Gallery Durban, 2017

Gunter, Elizabeth. "powerful, violently tender" Grand Provence, September 30, 2012. Link: Read more

Meijer, Marianne. It's Expressive, Large and Sombre. The Mercury, June 28, 2012.

Durban is Yours: Link: Louise Hall

Sinkins, Estelle. Relax, Browse and Buy, The Witness, September 17, 2009.

Coan, Stephen. Creating Art – Its Hard but not Impossible, The Witness, August 20, 2009.

Sinkins, Estelle. Creating Minds, The Witness, June 23, 2009.

Sinkins, Estelle. Exploring “out of the box”, The Witness, April 14, 2009.

Arts Editor. Maintaining Creativity, The Witness, January 22, 2009.

Von Klemperer, Margaret. From Marks on Paper to Money in the Bank, Art is a Challenge, The Witness, November 22, 2006

Sudheim, Alex. Keep it Kinetic, Mail & Guardian, November 17 – 23, 2006.

Meyer, Marianne. New Season, New Inspiration, The Mercury, November 17, 2006.

Bell, B. & Venter, K. (eds.) Jabulisa 2006: the art and craft of KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Arts Trust. 2006.

Von Klemperer, Margaret. Celebrating the Human Form, The Witness, August 16, 2005.

van Niekerk, Natasha. The Highway Mail, August 2000.

Coan, Stephen. Swimming Beneath the Surface of Things, The Natal Witness, June 13, 2000.

Arts Editor. Graduates at Jack Heath, ArtSmart, September 15, 1999.

Highway mail reporter. Collage arrives at Grassroots, Highway Mail, April 13, 1990.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

ART TEACHING

2019   Academic Leader Centre for Visual Art (CVA), Senior Lecturer; Cluster Leader Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

2018   Academic Leader Centre for Visual Art (CVA), Senior Lecturer; Cluster Leader Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

2017   Academic Leader CVA, Senior Lecturer, UKZN.

2016   Academic Leader CVA, Senior Lecturer, UKZN.

2015   Lecturer - painting, drawing and printmaking modules, CVA, UKZN.

2015   Critical Reader for Doctoral submission, Unisa.

2010   Artists' Workshops on creative literacy facilitated jointly with Terri Broll, VANSA, Cape Town.

2009   Artists' Workshops on creative literacy facilitated jointly with Terri Broll, KwaNyoni, Hilton.

2009   Supervised PGCE students for visual language module, Education, UKZN.

2008   Supervised Honours Painting students, CVA, UKZN.

1996-2008    Lectured painting and drawing modules at CVA, UKZN.

1991-2001    Taught adult art classes from home studio.

1991-1997    Facilitated workshops on drawing and painting for children and adults, Tatham Art Gallery and Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (MACS), Pietermaritzburg.

1986-1988    Girls' Collegiate School, Pietermaritzburg (senior art teacher).

1984-1986    Danville Girls' High School, Durban North (senior art teacher).

RESEARCH

2001     Published Drawing Our Lives, a resource guide outlining DWEBA's use of visual language as a participatory methodology.

1998-2001    Louise and two other women formed a non-government organisation (NGO), The Development of Dynamic Women's Enterprise in Business and Art (DWEBA), a development and skills training NGO aimed primarily at rural craftswomen in KwaZulu-Natal. DWEBA worked with crafters from Gannahoek, Muden, Esithumba, Rorke's Drift, with The Lubombo SDI Craft Programme and other NGO's.

1995-2001    Applied and developed a visual language-based, gender-sensitive and participatory methodology which had been developed through research conducted through The Institute of Natural Resources (INR), UNP (1989 -1991) with groups of rural KZN craftswomen.

1995-1997    Worked with Gannahoek Women's Income Generating Project (GWP), through The Association of Rural Advancement (AFRA), Pietermaritzburg.

1989-1991    Research with rural craftswomen and development of a framework for a gender- sensitive, participatory training methodology with visual language at its core, INR, UNP.

ILLUSTRATOR

1998   Information Studies, UNP Resource Centre Directory cover.

1990   Cover design December edition Nu Focus, University of Natal.

1990   Farmer's Support Group Annual Report.

EDUCATION

2013   Practice-led PhD, CVA, UKZN.

2007   MAFA cum laude, CVA, UKZN.

1983   HDE PG (SEC) University of Cape Town (UCT).

1982   BAFA, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (UNP).

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009: Rita Strong Scholarship.
2008, 2009, 2010: National Research Foundation (NRF).