Remembering 60 000 Forced Goodbyes District Six 50th Commemoration Print Exchange

This exhibitions showcases 50 prints by 50 artists who collaborated to compile a portfolio of images which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of District Six in Cape Town a “whites-only” residential area.  The subsequent removal of some 60 000 people and the destruction of their homes  has a left a permanent scar in the centre of the city-scape of Cape Town.  To date no final resolution has been achieved in terms of compensation and restitution of the victims of this Apartheid legislation. 


The portfolio was compiled in 2016 and was first shown at the District 6 Museum’s Home Coming Centre.  The realisation, production and exhibition of the portfolio was made possible with the support from Sanlam, Business Art South Africa, Hard Ground Printmakers, Meltt, George Wentzel Book Binder, Wizardz Print and Design and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


Exhibition dates: 23 January – 28 February 2020

Dominic Thorburn

Dominic Thorburn
Fairyland Lost
Blind embossing on paper
Artist information:
Dominic Thorburn is Professor and Chair of Fine Art at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Born and educated in Cape Town he was awarded an MFA in 1983 from Rhodes University where he also presently heads the Printmedia Section. Dominic was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992 that granted him a sabbatical at the renowned Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, USA where he completed a Professional Printer Program.. Thorburn has exhibited extensively both within South Africa and globally and is broadly represented in museum, corporate, and private collections. Dominic has also curated a number of print exhibitions, most recently in Korea and China. He initiated the establishment of the Fine Line Press at Rhodes University, unique in being the only institution based collaborative printmaking press and research unit in South Africa.