Gavin Younge works internationally as a sculptor, author, and curator. He attained an MA in Fine Arts in 1988 and is Emeritus Professor in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. He is a past Director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Gavin Younge is Emeritus Professor at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and works internationally as a sculptor, writer, and academic.
In 2012 he was awarded a UCT Creative Arts Award in recognition of the substantive and discursive contribution his work has made to contemporary art practice.
In 2011 he won the Handspring Puppet Company’s award for his work with Jane Taylor, and his sculptural work has been acknowledged in various publications on contemporary art including Williamson and Jamal’s book Future Present: Art in the new South Africa, Jill Bennett’s book, Empathic Vision – Affect, Trauma, and Contemporary Art and Maud de la Forterie’s essays “Deep” and “Skin”, published in French.
He has participated on two occasions at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park exhibitions, and on several exhibitions featuring large-scale sculpture organized by the Everard Read Galleries in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Recent solo exhibitions include his project using vellum that was shown in Paris and at Salses as part of the Monuments et Animaux cycle of exhibitions sponsored by the French Monuments Council.
His solo exhibition, Water Matters featuring folded metal sculptures and six ‘redrawn geographies’ was presented by Ilse Schermers Gallery during January and February 2016.
Also active as an academic, Professor Younge will present a paper at the 6th Asian Conference on Cultural Studies in Japan during June 2016. His paper ‘Place, remade by art’, focuses on Titus Mateyane.