Nelmarie du Preez (South Africa, 1985) is a South African artist working in the fields of performance, photography, video and computational arts. In 2014 she completed her MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also completed her MA in Computational Arts (2013). Solo-shows include Ribot Gallery, Milan, 2018; ad-ad projects, Hannover, 2018; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, 2016; Room Gallery and Projects, 2016 and arebyte gallery, London, 2015. She has also exhibited at prestigious galleries and Museums such as, Museum am Dom, Trier, 2018; New Media Gallery, Vancouver, 2017; Transmediale Festival, Dokumenta 14; the International Digital Arts Biennale, Arsenal, Montreal, 2016; London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, 2015; Home Works 7, Ashkwal Alwan, Beirut, 2015. She has also taken part in several residencies, including Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, 2018-19; Ampersand Foundation, New York, 2016; arebyte gallery, London, 2015. In recent years she has also received several awards and scholarships such as, the Sasol New Signatures Winner, South Africa, 2015; Absa l’atelier merit, South Africa, 2015; Bath Open Art Prize, UK, 2015; Bad Behaviour Open Judges Prize, UK, 2014; Oppenheimer Memorial Trust scholarship, 2012-14.



2013 – 2014 MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London, UK.

2012 – 2013 MA in Computational Art at Goldsmiths University of London, UK.

2011 – 2012 Advanced Diploma in Visual Art at the University of South Africa.

2008 – 2010 B.A. Audiovisual Multimedia at the University of South Africa.

2004 – 2007 B.A. Theology at the North West University in South Africa.



2018-19 Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral Stipendiaten, Bad Ems.

2016 Ampersand Foundation Fellow, New York.

2016 Residency at Room Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg.

2015 Residency at arebyte gallery, London.


Awards and Grants

2018-19 Balmoral-Anwesenheitsstipendium, Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur

2015 Winner of Sasol New Signatures.

2015 Arts Council England – Project Funding.

2015 Merit Award for Barclays L’Atelier.

2015 Winner of Bath Open Art Prize.

2015 Seasons SA–UK and National Film and Video Fund – Project Funding.

2014 Judges Prize Award for Bad Behaviour Open.

2013 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – Postgraduate Funding.

2012 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – Postgraduate Funding.

2012 National Arts Council – Postgraduate Studies Bursary.

2011 Conrad Theys Artist Bursary


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Prototyp-Crashtests, Rhein-Lahn-Kreishaus, Bad Ems.
2018 Atmosphere for Anticipation, Ribot Gallery, Milan.

2018 Anticipatory Loops, ad/ad projects, Hannover.

2016 ...A Continuation, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.

2016 Loops of Relation, Room Gallery at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.

2016 Orchestrated Freedom ( collective), Room Gallery, Johannesburg.

2015 Autonomous Times, arebyte gallery, London.


Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 >>Shaping the Future<<, Arp Museum Bahnhof, Rolandseck.

2019 Was Erwarten Wir Vom Morgen?, Made in Balmoral, Bad Ems.


2018 LebensWert Arbeit - Laboratory Project, Museum am Dom, Trier.

2018 Ibrida Festival delle Arti Intermediali, La Fabbrica Delle Candele, Forlí.

2018 Hybrid Polarities, Matca Art Space, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

2018 Now&After International Video Art Festival - Special Program, ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow.

2018 Futility, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland.


2017 Shared Sight International Short-Film Festival, Cluj.

2017 21st Annual No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans.

2017 Humorgous Smorgasbord, Flux Factory, Long Island.

2017 FNB Joburg Art Fair, ROOM Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg.

2017 OFF THE WALL, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Wisconsin.

2017 Transmission Festival, KMMN Kunsthochschule as part of Documenta 14, Kassel; and UND#9, Karlsruhe; Komuna//Warszawa, Warsaw.

2017 Open Laboratory, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg.

2017 Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver.

2017 BRINK…a precarious balance, New Media Gallery, Vancouver.

2017 Cyberfest/CYFEST10, Hermitage Youth Educational Center, St. Petersburg.


2016 Retrospective screening of CYFEST 10 anniversary, IV International Festival of Krasnoyarsk Screen and Media Arts, Krasnoyarsk.

2016 Artklop, Aardklop Festival, Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom.

2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Room Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg.

2016 WakaWaka, Agog Gallery, Johannesburg.

2016 Reason and Its Discontent, His Majety's Asylum, Makandula.

2016 The International Digital Arts Biennale (BIAN), Montreal.

2016 ELEKTRA 17 | Automata, Montreal.

2016 Fix, Found Collective, 012Central, Pretoria.

2016 As We Know It - Future Mythologies of the End, The Chopping Block Gallery, London.


2015 Cyberfest, CYLAND, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

2015 Home Works 7 – What Hope Looks Like After Hope, Askhal Alwan, Beirut.

2015 Cyberfest, CYLAND, SOFA, Bogota.

2015 SASOL New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.

2015 Between Democracies 1989–2014: Commemoration and Memory, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

2015 Kiss me Gentleman, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, New York.

2015 London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London.

2015 Barclays L’Atelier 2015, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.

2015 Turbine Art Fair as part of outoftheCUBE, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.

2015 Response, UNISA Art Gallery, University of South Africa, Pretoria.

2015 Bath Open Art Prize, Fringe Bath Art Festival, Bath.

2015 Fullscreen, Black Box 2.0, Seattle.

2015 Bad Behaviour Collaborations, The Flying Dutchman, London.

2015 April Salon: The Male Gaze–Women on Screen, The Feminist Library, London.

2015 L’Atelier – Regional Finalists, Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria.


2014 Bad Behaviour Open, Brixton East, London.

2014 El cine es otra cosa, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aries.

2014 Visits – Screening, Curate Projects, The Oval, Hackney, London.

2014 Kiss me, gentlemen, as part of ICSM Symposium of 'Men and Masculinities', Izmir.

2014 Kiss me, gentlemen, as part of the Noise Summer School 2014 'Political Aesthetics and Feminist Theory: Media, Art and Affect' at Utrecht University, Utrecht.

2014 Latitude Festival, Suffolk.

2014 Chelsea Salon, Cons Project, London.

2014 Kiss me Gentleman - Sheffield Fringe, Bloc Projects, Sheffield.


2013 Night of the Tin Tabernacle, The Tin Tabernacle, London.

2013 Nowhere 2013, St. James Hatcham Church, Goldsmiths College, London.

2013 Exposure 2013, NYC Gallery, New York.

2013 Goldsmiths Computing EXPO, Goldsmiths College, London.

2013 Opening House, FLAT 34, London.

2013 Rememory, African and Carribean Cultural Week, Goodenough College, London.


2012 Tin Shed Gallery Launch, Tin Shed Gallery – Goldsmiths College London, London.

2012 AardKlop – ABSA L’Atelier Top 100, G12 North West University, Potchefstroom.

2012 Happily Never After, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.

2012 ABSA L’Atelier Top 100 Finalists, ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg.

2012 Assemblage Launch Exhibition, Newtown Artist Run Centre and Studios, Johannesburg.

2012 ABSA L’Atelier Regional Finalists, Association of Arts Pretoria,



2011 SASOL New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.

2011 Agter die berge–Joburg Fringe Video Berlin, Haus 19, Berlin.


Collaborative Projects

2016-2017 Southern Summer School – Northern Winter Workshops, Self initiated collective project, BAK, Utrecht, NL. With Dorine van Meel, Egbert Alejandro Martina, Rachael Harlow.


2015-current Forms part of the collective


2013-2014 Collaborative Curatorial Project, FLAT 34, London.



Texts/Interviews/Reviews (selection):

2019 Kornhoff, O. (ed.). Gestaltung der Zukunft. Salon Verlag: Cologne


2018 Villa, M, Atmosphere for Anticipation, Ribot Gallery. (catalogue)


2018 Moulon, D. Art Beyond Digital, Link Editions, Brescia 2018. Paperback, 352 pages, ISBN 9780244085926


2017 Madison Film Forum, OFF THE WALL, NIGHT TWO at Arts + Literature, Kreul, J. 21 November.


2016 Artpress, L’art fait par les machines, pour les machines, Moulon, D. 24 June.


2016 Furtherfield,  An Exploration of Diminishing ‘Hope’ & its Correlation to ‘Constructive Alienation’, Stravou, C.


2016 Sasol New Signature 2016 - Catalogue. Association of Arts Pretoria.


2015  Anti-Utopias, Autonomous Times: A Conversation with Nelmarie du Preez, Bors, S.  11 November.


2015  Digicult. Autonomous Times: Interview with Nelmarie du Preez, Hawkins, K. 30 October.


2015  The Creators Project - VICE, Taming the Pack of Feral, Flame-Throwing Robots, Holmes, K. 15 October.


2015  Aesthetica Magazine, Interview with Nelmarie du Preez, AT: Autonomous Times, Arebyte Gallery, London, 1 October. arebyte-gallery-london/ 


2015  Blouin Artinfo, Discover the Next Batch of Art Stars at The London Open 2015.


2015  GQ Magazine, 5 Emerging London Artists You Need To Know.


2015  Traction Magazine, In conversation with Susie Pentelow.


2014  Avenir Magazine, Issue 2, Two Artists Trapped in One Soul. Rajgopal, A.