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insula Albionum. A Chevening exhibition by Marita van Rooyen

The British High Commission Windhoek and Novel Motors are hosting a Chevening exhibition by Marita van Rooyen from 28 July to 11 August.

Chevening Exhibition by Marita van Rooyen: insula Albionum
insula Albionum. Marita van Rooyen Chevening Alumna Exhibition

insula Albionum. A photographic exhibition by Chevening alumna Marita van Rooyen 28 July - 11 August 2015.

On the occasion of the opening of the Chevening online application cycle 2016/17 for Namibian applicants on 03 August, the British High Commission is herewith announcing a Chevening exhibition by Marita van Rooyen, celebrating the healthy bilateral ties between Namibia and the UK.

The exhibition will take place from 28 July to 11 August in Windhoek, and will be opened by H.E. Mrs. Marianne Young, British High Commissioner to Namibia, on 28 July, 18h00 for 18h30. The exhibition is sponsored by the Chevening Scholarship Secretariat and Novel Motors Company.

Venue: Novel Motors Company, 444 Independence Avenue, Windhoek.

If you like to attend the exhibition opening, please RSVP by 21. July under the following email address: The info can also be shared via facebook.

The exhibition is titled “insula Albionum”. insula Albionum is the earliest known name for the largest European island Great Britain, derived from the Latin albus, meaning ‘white’, which likely referred to the sight of the white cliffs of Dover, the first view that greets the visitor from the European continent. As a photographic exhibition that showcases aspects of life during a one-year Chevening scholarship, the exhibition showcases the work of photographer Marita van Rooyen. Van Rooyen depicts her own view of the island, highlighting the diversity of views that could possibly represent Great Britain.

Made-up of two projects, one a document of the River Usk, the other a depiction of charity in the church, it further highlights the bilateral relations between the UK and Namibia.

The bodies of work showcased in this exhibition are as follows:

  1. Tea Time at the Usk: A week long study of the River Usk, taken daily at 10am and 4pm, the two different ‘tea times’ observed in the UK. The Usk is noteworthy as having the second highest tidal rise and fall of any river in the world, having played an important role in the history of South Wales, and being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  2. Charity: Details from a selection of donation boxes found within churches in Chesterfield, UK, that donate funds to a Kindergarten and Old Age Home in Tsumeb, Namibia – highlighting the role of charity in the church.

About the photographer

Marita van Rooyen is a Chevening alumna who completed her MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales in 2014. She was also awarded the MISA Namibia Journalist of the Year in 2010, amongst several other awards achieved in the fields of journalism and photography. More of her work can be seen here.

About Chevening

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

The Chevening online application system for Namibia opens this year on 03 August 2015 and will close on 03 November 2015. More about the Chevening Scholarship programme can be found here.

Published 7 July 2015