Artist – Christine Lamberth

Art Holidays at Rorke’s Drift:

Christine Lamberth is a conceptual artist who is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Visual Arts through Unisa. She offers any level of artist a day or two of intense guidance where any medium can be explored and formal issues such as composition, shape, form, tonal values and use of colour can be dealt with.

The area of Rorke’s Drift offers the artist many opportunities – from savannah grasslands with paperbark trees to the fascinating growth of roots over rocks. Farm roads, gates, river settings, gorges, aloes, skies, colonial architecture, local people etc are all material for fascinating creative sessions.

Christine Lamberth’s creative career started at nine years old with a Dennis the Menace liquitex kit, and her fledgling art career started under Olga Hoffman, former Potchefstroom Teachers Training College Lecturer.

Christine Lamberth – Conceptual Artist:

Born 11 October 1954
Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa
Matriculated 1972 – Girls High School Queenstown
Bachelor Visual Arts (Unisa)
Currently completing a Masters Degree in Visual Arts at Unisa

1982 opened and operated an art gallery on the Crocodile Ramble on behalf of the Muldersdrift Management Committee where local artists work was showcased.

1983 started a business developing and producing craft kits. From 1983 until 2003 researched and produced work in fabrics, ceramics, cardboard, wood, paint, tiles and many other mediums. The highlights of this period are the development of a range of Acrylic Craft Paints, a range of Brush On Underglaze Stains and a range of Fabric Paints as well as a 25 module fabric painting course encompassing the formal aspects of colour. At the same time became a craft teacher of note and lectured on a regular basis in mosaics, fabric painting and pewterwork for the Garden and Home Academy lecturing to groups of 40 participants at a time.

2000 Registered for a BVA degree with Unisa. Started an art school in Secunda and became involved in the arts at community level.  The school comprised 30 students of varying ages. During this time curated and participated in the Sasol Arts Explosion Exhibition and six arts exhibitions at the Johannes Stegmann Theatre Gallery. Filled the voluntary post of full time curator for the Theatre Gallery and also the post of Head of the Arts Department for the Sasol Highveld Ridge Eisteddfodd, presented a teachers training programme funded by Sasol for local teachers in the Secunda area, presented an art workshop for a Love Life Sports Day.

Works of note completed during this period include two charcoal on paper drawings for the Sasol Brandspruit Mine Boardroom and a 2mx6m hand painted banner for the Platts/Business Week Global Energy Awards Ceremony at Sasol Mines Secunda in 2002, Machine and hand embroidered quilt exhibited at the Ubuntu Village, World Summit 2002.

Currently a partner in a Lodge at Rorke’s Drift, full time artist and student completing a Masters Degree in Visual Arts.  Title of dissertation “The Effects of Globalization on Small Scale Communities”. Christine now produces work in pastel and charcoal using South Africa’s rich heritage, varied cultures, indigenous flora and fauna and diverse topography for inspiration.  As a result Christine’s repertoire is anything from portraits to wildlife, landscape to cityscape, reflecting the wide diversity of the new South Africa. Her conceptual work utilises multiple exposure photography combined with digital technology and traditional paint mediums. Christine’s work can be found at various commercial galleries in South Africa, as well as at her studio at Rorke’s Drift.


  • 2002 World Summit – Ubuntu Village;
  • 2002 Sasol Arts Explosion Secunda;
  • 2002/3 Johannes Stegmann Theatre Gallery (6 group exhibitions); and
  • 2004 Unisa Art Gallery.

Curated Exhibitions:

  • 1982 Colin Nockles Muldersdrift Art Gallery;
  • 2002 Sasol Arts Explosion Secunda; and
  • 2002/2003 Six group exhibitions Johannes Stegmann Theatre Gallery Secunda.

Public Collections:

Sasol Brandspruit Mine.

Private Collections:

South Africa, Zimbabwe, America, United Kingdom, Germany, Switserland.


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