From Community Memory
Andrew Verster - Playwriter and Designer
He designed the sets and costumes for Opera Africa’s Faust, Princess Magogo, and La Traviata and Rigoletto, and designs for the American production of Princess Magogo in 2004. Costumes for The Coolie Odyssey and for Threnody 'and Dances, a chamber opera, Women’s Festival in August 2002. Costumes for Private Lives for the Hilton Festival and for the adult pantomime Sinderella and produced costumes for The Rocky Horror Show at the Barnyard Theatre in 2004 and costumes for Barnyard Theatre production of Grease in 2006. In 2002, Durban Designer Collection and Miss India costumes. Durban Fashion Week 2005 featuring beadwork collection designed for the African Art Centre.
Andrew Verster has had over fifty solo exhibitions, is represented in many major public and private collections, and has been awarded two retrospective exhibitions organized by the Durban Art Gallery.
Numerous public and private commissions, including sculpture and tapestry for the Reserve Bank Durban; art works in Durban Hilton; tapestries and a mural for ABSA Headquarters, Johannesburg and a tapestry at the International Convention Center in Durban. Three tapestries for Rhodes House in Oxford. Stainless steel screens for Metro Mall, Johannesburg. Commissions for the Constitutional Court including the entrance doors, carpets for the chamber and foyer, metal gates and chandeliers.
Andrew Verster received best costume design in the Fools Awards in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 for best visual artist and best costume design in the Durban Theatre Awards in 2004.
He also sits on the boards of: Film and Publication Review Board, Trustee of the Durban Art Gallery, the Arts Work Trust, Very Special Arts, Artists for Human Rights Trust and the African Art Centre. Committee of the Grahamstown Festival.