Introducing… Percy Street Chronicles at LUNI Art Gallery Salt river

People are natural storytellers. The ability to share ideas and come together over common dreams, beliefs or experiences is critical to our sense of community. Telling our stories through visualization, can offer surprising new insights at the least, but also connects us in unpredictable ways to the limitless world of ideas that can bring a sense of an even larger context of human belonging.

Zyma Amien, Ingrid Bolton and Janis Milligan are the artists of ARTiculate at Percy Street Studios. They present the Percy Street Chronicles exhibition with a desire to tell stories that will stimulate thought, conversations and connections in their audience.


From 1st March 2018 at 37a Durham Avenue Salt River



Janis Milligan – Core Samples (detail)

Janis Milligan was born in Canada and worked as a psychologist in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. She has held a life-long interest in art and embraced the opportunity to return to school in her mid-life to formally study art, graduating Bachelors of Fine Art (with distinction) in 2010 from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and Master of Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2017.

She has moved many (43) times in her life and has a deep appreciation for the perceptions and experiences associated with change and transition. Her science background and interests in biology and chemistry have fed her desire to understand her place within the context of a greater natural environment and her background in psychology has influenced her interpretation of human-centric philosophies. This rich and varied history has culminated in an art practice where she explores and expresses her sense of place and belonging not just within a local community, but also on the planet and beyond to the cosmos.

Janis was artist in residence at the NCRA (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune, Maharashtra, India, from December 2010 to May 2011 and gave an invited public lecture at the University of Pune entitled “Iron Oxide and Art-making” in January of 2011. Janis’s art is in public and private collections in Canada, U.S.A., India, Australia, Argentina and South Africa.


Ingrid Bolton – Radiolaria

Ingrid Bolton was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1963. She now resides and works in Cape Town. Bolton’s area of interest is taking pressing global issues and bringing them into the public space for discussion. Installation is the predominant medium she uses but has also included video. She has a background in microbiology, which fuels the need to make the microscopic world visible. A few years spent running a farm lead her to focus her attention on the changes in climate conditions and weather.


Recently she has exhibited work that looks at the role of microscopic organisms in the oceans, cable theft and ocean acidification – all global problems. She won the Sasol New Signatures competition in 2012 and her work is included in the Sasol and Pretoria Art Museum collections. She has had solo shows at the Pretoria Art Museum, Sasol Art Museum and at Iziko South African Museum. She completed her Masters degree at Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2016.



Zyma Amien – Fibre (detail)

Zyma Amien was born in Lansdowne in Cape Town.  In 1980, she matriculated from Cathkin High School in Heideveld. After matric, she pursued a career in Medical Technology and graduated from Peninsula Technikon in Bellville in 1985, majoring in Blood Transfusion.

Zymaadvancedto a career in art and started her studies with the University of South Africa in 2008 and graduated in 2014. Furthermore, she enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a Masters degree and graduated in 2015, with distinction, for the work titled, Real lives and ordinary objects: Partisan strategies of art-making with the garment workers of the Western Cape.


In 2012, Zyma won the Pretoria Portland Cement competition for her work titled, The day they came for our house.In 2013,she was a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures and, in 2016, she won Sasol New Signatures.

Currently Zyma is a lecturer for UNISA.