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WILLIAM LOTTERING

Visual Artist

This site shows portfolios of work by William Lottering from 1975 to the present. It provides information about events, exhibitions and images of past projects, how to commission an artwork, as well as information about the visual arts in general. William Lottering's LookingGlass Studio is located in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Copyright of all images and written work is held by the artist and may not be used or reproduced without permission.

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BIOGRAPHY

William Lottering: Artist and Playwright

William Lottering has been living and working in Newmarket and Aurora, Ontario, since 1991.

He was born in Kimberley, South Africa and grew up in Johannesburg.  Lottering's career as art educator spanned four decades, starting in 1980 as sculpture instructor at the Pretoria Art, Ballet and Music School, after which he taught at the University of Pretoria and Technikon Pretoria in South Africa.


In 1984, William joined the broadcasting world as radio announcer and producer at the SABC, where he produced art programmes, wrote scripts, read news, conducted interviews, did voice work for TV and advertising, created radio documentaries and directed over 200 radio dramas for Radio Suid-Afrika. Apart from his radio scripts, Lottering has written seven plays. He was an art critic for INSIG, a South African news magazine, as well as on Afrikaans radio.


As an executive member of the South African Association of Arts in the 1980’s, Lottering juried art shows and co-organized prominent national art competitions in South Africa, such as the Volkskas Atelier Exhibition and the New Signatures Exhibition (both still in place). This means that until now, William Lottering has curated art exhibitions for over four decades!


In 1991, Lottering moved to Canada and settled in York Region, Ontario, where he resumed his role as educator and arts program head at the York Region District School Board. In 1997, he directed a year-long Totem project in Sutton, Ontario, in collaboration with the First Nation people of Georgina Island, Sutton DHS students and the local Georgina community.  Many secondary projects, such as dramas, stories, video and digital projects resulted from this adventure.

​His work in the 1990's includes organizing art events and festivals, as well as chairing arts committees. William was the co-director of ArtFun and Fantasy Day Camp in Aurora in the late 1990’s, an instructor at the York Region Arts Camp from 1992-2016 and taught at the Haliburton School of the Arts in the summers of 1998-2004. Until 2010, Lottering was a set designer and technical director of high school plays and musicals, a role he thoroughly enjoyed. Since 2005, in Aurora, Ontario, Lottering co-organized an annual volunteer graffiti cleanup event in collaboration with York Region Police, the Town of Aurora and secondary school students. ​

In 2014, Lottering was appointed arts curriculum consultant at YRDSB, where he helped school administrations in the planning and facilitating of arts programs, designed curriculum, and supported arts teachers in Visual Arts, Dance and Drama. He chaired a YRDSB arts committee which organized two massive, region-wide integrated arts events to commemorate the centenary of the Great War (the Visual Arts event was held at the York Region Administration Centre) in 2015/16.  Will also coordinated region-wide YRDSB student experimental projects and art displays for the annual international Quest education conference held in Toronto.


William Lottering's work is displayed annually on local exhibitions and other shows. Currently, he teaches a painting course, creates his own works, writes plays and gives talks about art.  He travels regularly to Africa, Europe and the USA.  Lottering's work is represented in public collections in South Africa and he has executed commissions in South Africa and Canada. He is a member of Propeller Art Collective in Toronto and the Playwrights Guild of Canada

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LIST OF EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER WORKS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024 Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto

2023 Newmarket Artwalk

2023 Double Door Gallery, Anten Mills, Ontario

2022 Old Town Hall Gallery Newmarket, Ontario

2021 Pretoria Art Museum - canceled due to Covid-19 Lockdown

2017 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2016 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2015 InnIsfil Studio Tour, Ontario

2014 Innisfil Studio Tour, Ontario

2014 Parchment Pieces, Aurora Cultural Centre Ontario

2004 University of Pretoria Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

1998 Red Barn Theatre, Sutton, Ontario, Canada

1996 Resurrections, Rosenbaum Wagner Gallery Toronto

1986 SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1984 SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1983 Ernst de Jong Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

1982 Ernst de Jong Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 'Letting Go', Art at 395, Newmarket Ontario

2023 Salon Exhibition, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto Ontario

2023 Newmarket Juried Art exhibition, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

2023 Drawing Exhibition, John.B.Aird Gallery Toronto, Canada

2023 Unframed, Propeller  Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2023 Newmarket Artists, Art at 395, Newmarket, Ontario

2022 Luxembourg Art Prize merit certificate

2022 Newmarket Artists, Art at 395, Newmarket, Ontario

2022 Newmarket Artists Juried exhibition, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

2022 Newmarket Artwalk, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

2022 All of a Sudden, Propeller Art Gallery Toronto, Canada

2021 Luxembourg Art Prize - merit certificate

2021 Covid Bubble public installation, York Region, Canada

2021 Love in the time of Covid, Georgina Arts Centre Online Exhibition, Canada

2021 Being a Creative in the New Normal, Online Exhibition and conversation, South Africa

2017 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2016 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2016 WWI Centenary Exhibition, York Region Administration Centre, Newmarket, Ontario

2016 WWI Centenary Exhibition, Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, Richmond Hill, Ontario

2015 International Artists Exhibition, Alliance Francaise South Africa

2011 York Region Art Instructors Exhibition, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario

2009 Two works into the Pelmama Collection at Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria South Africa

2009 Meeting People, with Frank Smith, Georgina Arts Centre, Ontario

2008 2 Portraits, Mount Albert, Ontario

2007 Peck House, Newmarket Ontario with Gavin Lottering and Julienne Lottering

2007 Portrait Exhibition, Georgina Arts Centre, Ontario

2003 Instructors Show, Rail Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

2002 Instructors Show Rail Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

2000 Instructors Show Rail Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

1999 Peck House, Newmarket Ontario with Deline de Klerk

1998 York Region Artists, Varley Gallery, Unionville Ontario

1997 Toronto Artists, The Candy Factory, Toronto, Ontario

1997 Ten Boxes, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1997 Contact ‘97 Exhibition - Xcavations, Dufferin Mall, Toronto, Ontario

1997 YRBE show, Aurora, Ontario

1996 World Aids Day: A World without Art, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario

1995 YRBE show, Aurora, Ontario

1991 South African Artists, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1990 South African Artists, Gallery 21 Johannesburg

1990 Works on Loan at SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1990 WOMAN by South African Artists, SA Arts Association Pretoria

1989 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Innes Aab Tamsen Bursary Exhibition, University of Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1989 Pretoria Artists, Café Riche Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Gallery 21 with Deline de Klerk, Pretoria, South Africa

1988 Mysticism, Aleta Micheletos Gallery, Pretoria South Africa

1988 South African Art, The Art House, Johannesburg, South Africa

1987 Art lecturers’ Exhibition, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1987 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1987 Gildehuys Gallery Pretoria, South Africa, with Deline de Klerk

1986 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Pretoria Artists, University of Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1986 Past Lecturers, Technikon Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1986 Nudes, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Festival of Pretoria Artists, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Finalist, Volkskas National Atelier Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Gallery 21 Johannesburg, South Africa, with Isak de Villiers and Pieter Roux

1985 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1985 University of Pretoria Festival Exhibition, South Africa

1985 Gallery Artists, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1985 Gallery 21 with Deline de Klerk, Pretoria, South Africa

1985 South African Artists, Ateljee Cabo Cape Town, South Africa

1985 SAAA Group, SA Arts Association Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1985 SAAA, Christmas Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

1984 South African Art, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Ex-students, University of Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1984 University of Potchefstroom Gallery, South Africa, with Deline de Klerk

1984 South African Artists, City Hall Gallery Klerksdorp, South Africa

1984 Transvaal Artists, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Gallery artists Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Finalist Cape Town Triennial, South Africa

1983 Pretoria Group SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1983 SA Artists, Gallery 21 Johannesburg

1983 Pretoria Artists, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1982 University of Pretoria Group Show, University Gallery

1982 South African Art, Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1981 Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa, with Deline de Klerk and Balthi du Plessis

1981 American and South African Art, Ernst de Jong Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

1980 University of Pretoria Student Exhibition, Anton van Wouw House Gallery, Pretoria, SA

1980 Alumni work, Merensky Library Gallery, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1978 New Signatures Exhibition, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1977 New Signatures Exhibition, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

AWARDS

2022 Luxembourg Prize certificate of merit

2021 Luxembourg Prize certificate of merit

2011 Gold, York Region Art Instructors Exhibition, Aurora, Ontario

1984 Finalist, Cape Town Triennial

1986 Finalist, Volkskas Atelier Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

2000 Applaud award, YRDSB, Ontario


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS/PAINTINGS

2004 DISCOVER, Mural for Aurora HS Auditorium

2003 Mural for Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket – with students

2002 Mural for Villa Risi, Newmarket, Ontario

1989 Waiting room murals, Germiston Hospital, Germiston City Council, South Africa

1989 Mural - Reception Hall, Hatfield Christian Community Centre, South Africa

1989 Tree of Life Mural - Chapel, Hatfield Christian Community Centre, South Africa

PUBLIC SCULPTURES

2002 Dr. John Denison Bust, Newmarket, Ontario

2001 The Millennium Site Project, Aurora, Ontario

1998,99 The Totem Project, Sutton, Ontario

1996 Siegfried Mynhardt Bust for Adcock Ingram Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa

REPRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING SOUTH AFRICAN COLLECTIONS:

DEVCON, Development Bank of South Africa, Wits Theatre, TOTAL and PELMAMA

REPRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC ART GALLERIES:

Pretoria Art Museum and Bloemfontein Art Museum

REFERENCES

2023 Member of Propeller Art Collective

2021 Youtube interview with Thea Van Schalkwyk in South Africa on Being a Creative in the New

           Normal

2021 Youtube interview on novel "Emigrant Immigrant"

2021 Interview on RSG with Hennie Maas on Immigration, 2020

201910 interviews with Martin Jansen on Radio Pretoria FM

2018 Interview on Millennium 2001 Sculpture - on Channel 10 Rogers Cable Newmarket, Ontario

1990 Radio Interview with Tinus de Villiers on Radio Suid-Afrika

1986 Interview, Arts Calendar on TV1 South Africa

1983 Articles in South African Arts Calendar

         Articles in Huisgenoot, Insig,

         Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors (Ogilvy),

        Art and Artists in South Africa (Berman)


HAPPENINGS

1996 Provincial Pow Wow at inauguration of the Totem Project, Sutton, Ontario

1990 The Message, Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Human Ecology, Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Sound Expression, Johannesburg, South Africa

1984 Archeological Find, Johannesburg, South Africa

1982 Colour Field, Johannesburg, South Africa


SET DESIGN

2008 The Boy friend, AHS

2006 Anything Goes! AHS

2004 Oliver! AHS

1997 Servant of two masters, SDHS

1996 Guernica, SDHS

1995 Brigadoon, SDHS

1994 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, SDHS

1993 The Wiz, SDHS

AUTHOR

Novel:

2020 Emigrant Immigrant (Afrikaans)

Plays:

2023 Rules of the Road

2023 Our Yard

2022 In Between

2020 Friday 13th

1988 Die Graf van Abie Tobias

1987 Bushalte (2021: End of the Line)

1986 Die Dam (2022: The Dam)

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 THE NEW REALITY

Propeller Art Gallery 2024 exhibition

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