Tumelo Mtimkhulu

Tumelo Mtimkhulu


Tumelo Mtimkhulu is a South African visual artist, writer and poet born in Germiston, Johannesburg on the 29th of May 2001. He is currently studying towards a BA in Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg. Mtimkhulu works in the disciplines of writing, poetry and making art. His writing is what mostly informs the making of his art. 

He is a published poet, having been in the top 10 of the 50 featured poets in the 2020 Corona’cles Poetry Anthology. Mtimkhulu is a recipient of the Athol Williams award for the year 2019 at the 2020 WordNSound Awards. He has performed poetry at a number of places, namely: August House, Victoria Yards, The Market Theatre, AGOG gallery, P.O.P Art Theatre, Con Cowan Theatre and Jo’burg Theatre. Mtimkhulu has also been in the top 10 for the year 2019 for both the WordNSound Poetry League and World of Words poetry slam. Mtimkhulu came second in the 2019 edition of the annual Ekurhuleni Poetry Slam in the category of best Narrative Poem and third in 2020. 

In 2021, two of his drawings made it into the top 100 for the Thami Mnyele Fine Art competition, this included a virtual exhibition. Mtimkhulu also won the 2021 Luchulumanco Nanto Foundation Essay Competition. In 2021 his drawings and prints were also featured in two of the UJ Best of the Best group exhibitions. At the beginning of 2022 he was one of the 10 artists chosen for TAF Unearthed; A 6 month mentorship programme which facilitates the growth of artists by way of different workshops and ultimately culminates in a group exhibition curated by Teboho Ralesai for the 2022 installment of Turban Art Fair. His prints were also part of TAF Paper pop-up exhibitions which took place at various places. Mtimkhulu has worked collaboratively on a student print project facilitated by Prof. Kim Berman for Documenta 15.

2021 UJ Best of the best I, Gerard Sekoto gallery, Alliance Francaise
2021 UJ Best of the best II, Art & Collect
2021 Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award top 100 finalist & Virtual Exhibition
2021 Winner of Luchulumanco Nanto Foundation Essay Competition
2020 Corona’cles Poetry Anthology
2020 WordNSound Athol Williams Award recipient

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