Metamorphosis – 81 days until exhibition opening

Metamorphosis is my theme for this years’s exhibition on the Arts Festival Fringe at the Johan Carinus Art Centre. I’ve got 50+ images and more than 40 are new so with less than three months before opening I’m in constant communication with printers in Cape Town (Orms Print Room) and Port Elizabeth (Walker Digital).

I’m  also really excited about my online store for digital downloads. All of the images from Metamorphosis will be there in low resolution (suitable for web sites) and high resolution (suitable for print) versions. There’ll be an announcement here once it opens for business.

My popular series of Grahamstown landscapes will be a feature in the exhibition and the first batch of these prints have just arrived. I’m using different photographic paper this year:  Hahnemühle German Etching.  I really like the texture and print quality that the paper gives.  You can’t really see that in this slideshow so you’ll just have to come along to the Johan Carinus Art Centre for the full experience!  The exhibition’s open from 9am to 5pm for the duration of the Festival from 28 June to 8 July.




World Water Week comes early to TEMA Environmental Change

On Wednesday this week we held our World Water Week seminar. It was the culminating activity in a three week course on water resource management in Africa: part of the Masters programme in Science for Sustainable Development at Linköping University.  We are teaching on the course as part of our Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme between the Geography Department at Rhodes University and Linköping University.

Prof Kate Rowntree outside Temahuset

Prof Kate Rowntree outside Temahuset

We used the four themes of World Water Week: the Global to Local Perspective, Political Economy of Growth and Development perspective, the Human and Social Perspective, the Ecosystem and Pollution Perspective as the foci of the final presentations by our students.


Water management issues in eight African countries were investigated. The papers, which covered a range of issues, clearly showed how the four perspectives intersect. Water issues in urban slums provides a good example. Studies from Nairobi, Accra, and Dar es Salaam all showed an inability to provide effective water infrastructure in informal settlements that arise from high rates of migration to urban areas, itself the result of population growth, economic drivers, conflict and climate change.

The lack of effective formal governance in these areas opens up opportunities for private entrepreneurs who fill an essential but costly niche, giving rise to increased inequities of access to water-related services. Finally the downstream delivery of polluted water impacts aquatic ecosystems and can negatively affect the health and livelihoods of downstream communities, as illustrated by the Nairobi River.