Bachelor of Fine Arts (BAFA) graduate, Rory Emmett, has won multiple awards during his academic career and considered an artist to watch out for. His most recent body of work is entitled colourman (ˈkʌləmən), npl –men, a person who deals in paints. His socially conscious work can be viewed on his website and in the soon to be released feature article in the UCT Careers Service Guide 2015, hitting shelves in the first week of May 2015.

Rory EmmettRory’s CV

1992    Born in Cape Town

2011    Commenced BAFA studies majoring in painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts (UCT)

2014    Receives the Judy Steinberg Prize for painting

2014    Recipient of the Hoosein Mohamed Award for his “excellent body of work and service to the school”

2014    Awarded the Director & Staff Award

2014    Graduated with a BAFA from UCT

2015    Mentored 1st year Fine Arts student to launch Return to Sender Exhibition at CAS Gallery, UCT

2015     Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently, District Six Home Coming Centre, Cape Town

2015     GREATEST HITS 2014: The Domestic Odyssey, AVA Gallery, Cape Town


Rory certainly epitomizes what it means to be an engaged student actively creating and recreating his reality and the opportunities that spring from there. He shares his insights on making the most of the university experience:

I came to UCT to pursue my passion for art and never knew about the career possibilities for a more socially concerned creative practice; all I wanted to do was paint! During my time in art school I have been involved with art projects beyond my studio. This not only informs my own work, but also has impacted people through creative platforms.

My involvement in student governance since 2012, the Humanities Mentorship Program in 2014 and various other creative outreach programs has helped me channel my social and creative aims: mentorship, leadership and empowering those less fortunate than myself through various forms of visual expression.

I facilitate monthly art workshops in underprivileged community contexts with a group of my classmates. I also had the opportunity to work with SHAWCO for Mandela Day this year, designing and painting murals at primary schools in the Manenberg and Khayelitsha communities. I served as the Chair of Michaelis Student Council after serving as class rep for Fine Art since 2012, and department rep for Art & Drama in 2014. I got to engage with legendary South African artists acting as a conduit between staff and student body. Placing energy in various creative ventures helps me to expand on my practice and keep concepts fresh and exciting. For me there are few things more satisfying than impacting people whilst realizing a creative vision! UCT has allowed me to realize many of mine.


You can contact the artist on and view his portfolio here Follow him @RoryEmmett_09

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