Speaker, Friday, September 16
John Curtis is a South African social justice activist, writer, and editorial cartoonist, now based in the United Kingdom. After debuting in 2005 as daily cartoonist for Cape Town’s Cape Argus newspaper, John has since carved out a niche for himself as a collaborator with many of South Africa’s leading cartoonists wherein he conceptualizes ideas which they draw. He has won two Sikuvile Journalism Awards (his nation’s top award for cartooning) amongst many other national and international accolades, and his work has been published across dozens of titles and appeared in exhibitions worldwide. In 2008, John founded Africartoons; an agency which recruits the talents of many of Africa’s top cartoonists to communicate messages for social justice causes, advocacy and public awareness campaigns. Africartoons has a following of over 1,2 million people on Facebook. John is also a creative director for digitalJUNGLE, a socially conscious design studio, which he partners with his wife Michelle.