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Historical Artist - Bill Ainslie (1934 - 1989)

Bill Ainslie was born in Bedford situated in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, 1934 - 1989

Art Education
Bill Ainslie completed a Bachelor of Arts degree 1952 - 1955 at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and a BA Honours Fine Arts 1955 - 1958 at the same University.

Short Artist Biography
- Bill Ainslie was educated in Johannesburg, South Africa 1958 - 1965
- After studies Bill Ainslie taught art at Michaelhouse, Cyrene Mission in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and King Edward School in Johannesburg
- 1965 Given one year contract by Alderfield Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Begins to teach art privately
- Wins second prize on ' Art - SA -Today '
- 1967 Won Hajee Suliman Ebrahim Award on ' Art - SA -Today '
- 1968 Bill Ainslie left South Africa with family to spend a year painting in Europe, first settled in Spain
- 1969 Settled temporarily at St Ives, Cornwall where he exhibited some of his paintings
- 1970 Exhibited in Amsterdam, Bill Ainslie returned to South Africa in 1971
- On return Bill Ainslie establishes a teaching studio in Johannesburg which developed into a flourishing workshop
- 1975 Won the Julius Robinson Award on ' Art - SA -Today '
- 1976 Bill Ainslie initiated the joint effort which led to the founding of the Federated Union of Black Artists ( FUBA ) in 1978
- 1979 Presented a paper on the subject of non-racial art education at the UCT Conference titled ' The State of Art in South Africa '

Art Exhibitions
- 1964 First one-man exhibition in Johannesburg
- 1965 ' Art - SA -Today ' second prize
- 1966 Republic Fest Exhibition, Pretoria
- 1967 ' Art - SA -Today ' award
- 1975 ' Art - SA -Today ' award
- Bill Ainslie took part in various other group art exhibitions

Public Art Collections
South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town
Durban Art Gallery
University of Witwatersrand Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery

Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa . Southern Book Publishers.

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