Sam Wroth Rietmann
AVA Gallery Director since 2015
Mirjam completed a Bachelors degree in International Management before obtaining her Masters in the History of Art, specialising in Indian contemporary art, from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked at art galleries in Europe including the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallagher Gallery in Dublin and the Foundation for Indian Artists in Amsterdam.
Media Liaison and Gallery Assistant
Sam studied Classical History, Art History and English at UCT, graduating in 2015 before beginning her career in the art industry. In January 2019, after 4 years as part of the commercial gallery circuit, Sam joined the AVA team. Alongside a tightknit team, Sam fulfils the role Media Liasion and Gallery Assistant, where she continues to be guided by her passion for collaboration and artist-driven projects.
Selection Committee and ArtReach Committee
Born in Knysna South Africa, Wonder Marthinus began his career as a painter in 1995.
1999-2007 Artist-in-residence at Greatmore Studios
2003-2002 Jill Trappler Summer school Mix media workshop
Portrait image by Pieter Hugo
Annebelle heads up international marketing strategy and execution for Spier Wines and Spier Resort Management. Her approach has initiated successful multi-tiered campaigns and fostered solid international channel relationships in South Africa, Denmark, the UK and other key markets.
Governance Committee and Fundraising Committee
Belisa Rodrigues, a South African native, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town where she was awarded the Old Mutual Gold Medal for academic excellence on the MBA programme.
An artist and academic, Eunice Geustyn has been the Executive Head of the Ruth Prowse School of Art since 2002.
Eunice holds a National Diploma in Fine Art from the Cape Technikon and from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Art, a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Fine Art and a Masters in Fine Art.
Jacques du Toit
Treasurer and ExCo
Graeme Scott studied commerce at the University of Stellenbosch, completed his SAICA articles in Bellville and was involved in the corporate rat race until BACH Accountants started in 2010. Since then they have been focusing primarily on SMME business clients, providing the full stable of accounting and financial services relevant to today’s business environment.
Jacques du Toit holds postgraduate qualifications in South African socio-political literature and drama and Educational Technology (Hypermedia in Language Learning). This former academic now works as an academic coordinator and online instructional advisor.
Fundraising Committee and Governance Committee
Diana Williams has over twenty years’ experience in the art and heritage fields in the UK and South Africa. Diana began her career in the arts field with St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, spearheading the £40 million campaign to clean and restore the historic building in time for the 300th anniversary.
Cheryl Traub Adler
Renée Holleman is an artist and administrator working for Arts and Culture - City of Cape Town in the areas of funding distribution and cultural promotion (marketing, research and audience development). Her involvement in the cultural sector is the extension of her investment in art as a means to think about and produce shared, inclusive experiences.
Cheryl Traub Adler is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher. After graduating from Michaelis School of Fine Art she worked for the Cape Town Opera for many years, before having children.
Thereafter her studies at Centre for Creative Education focused on Art Therapy. Cheryl taught at the Peter Clarke Centre and was a founding member of staff at Reddam House, where she continues to assist at the college.
Loyiso Qanya (b. 1976) graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2005. Since then, he has been active in the visual arts, working as a curator, artist and consultant. He facilitated various art classes, at the former Community Arts Project (CAP), Jame’s House Children’s Home and Amy Biehl Foundation Trust, and has participated in numerous workshops.