Samkela Stamper

Rhodes University

Samkela Stamper is a poet and performing artist, an independent producer and curator who calls herself a creative thinker and art-trepreneur and works with communities facilitating art skills to young people and women. Stamper is passionate about urban renewal of local communities and public art development and has initiated and facilitated public art and creative projects commissioned by Absa Bank, Edinburgh International Festivals, Amathole Craft Hub, Department of Public Works and Department of Arts and Culture in Mpumalanga, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Stamper has performed and exhibited her works in notable festivals and spaces such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival (2012 – 2015), the National Arts Festival (2007 & 2008, 2012 - 2015), Innibos Festival (2006 – 2013) , Bushfire Festival (2015), Open Book Festival (2012), Jozi Book Fair (2014), The Constitution Hill (2014), World Economic Forum in CT (2013) and Infecting The City Public Art Festival (2013 - 2015) and presented a paper at the UCT’s GIPCA Public Art Symposium 2015 on Public Art, Youth and Women. Stamper was the artist in residence for Afrovibes Festival (2014) touring 13 cities across the United Kingdom as part of the SA-UK Seasons.

Stamper was a Finalist of the 2008/ 2009 SABC 2 Lentswe Poetry Project and Mpumalanga winner for the most creative idea in the 2010 FNB/ ENABLIS/ SEDA Nationwide Competition. She is a playwright and author of a book called Not for All the Apples, Peanut Butter and Jam and founder of the Single Hand Artistic Encounters Project and African Diaspora. She was the assistant trainee curator at the Mbombela Infecting the City Festival under the curation of National Arts Festival Chairperson and Curator of Infecting The City Festival, Professor Jay Pather (2014). She was also assistant curator for Africa Centre’s Badilisha Poetry Exchange Master Voices – Gauteng (2015).

Stamper currently lives in Grahamstown and is studying towards her Fine Arts Degree at Rhodes University.