Queer Catalyst 2024 Animation Workshop Cohort

Story Posted: 2 May 2024
Categories: Workshop,Artists|Festival,Showcase,animation

Queer Catalyst

Queer Catalyst is a showcase proudly presented by the GALA Queer Archive in partnership with the Fak’ugesi Festival with the support of the British Council South Africa. It is a testament to this collaborative effort to promote stories of hope and affirmation. It features talented creatives who use storytelling to explore themes of the bonds of friendship, heartbreak, belonging and becoming. This project encourages queerness not only as subject matter, but also as an approach to creative practice.

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Queer Catalyst 2024 Animation Workshop Cohort

This year’s cohort is developing and animating stories from the Queer Activism in Africa anthology series which will premiere in June. Over 8 weeks, participants received guidance from experienced designers/animators. Two standout projects will be showcased at the Fak’ugesi Festival, from 02 – 05 October, see you there! 🏳️‍🌈

Amber “Ev” Lloyd

Hi, there! My name is Ev and I am a bigender and bisexual South African artist who uses both she/her and he/him pronouns. Currently studying a BA in Digital Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, I have a passion for storytelling through the wonderful medium of animation. I love creating art of queer people of colour as a way to share a celebration of my own identity with the rest of the world. I believe that art is profoundly powerful and aim to use this power carefully and creatively. You can find me on Instagram at @evhearted.

Anzel van Zyl

Meet Anzel van Zyl, a 22-year-old storyteller from sunny South Africa, who specialises in 2D and stop-motion animation (with a keen eye and interest in environmental storytelling). She’s been flying solo in her animation adventures, earning her the nickname ‘jack-of-all-trades’, but now she’s itching to team up with fellow creatives.

After acing her Bachelor of Design (Audio Visual) and gearing up for her Honours in 2024, Anzel’s showing no signs of slowing down. She’s the epitome of ‘goofy’ and ‘weird’, with her head often in the clouds—literally, she’s super tall! Anzel’s on a mission to tell stories that spread love,healing and serves as a resting place especially for others who also feel a little ‘weird’ sometimes.

Despite only diving into animation less than 2 years ago, her passion and grit have already made waves in SA’s animation scene. Her stop-motion gem ‘Dear Billy’ even snagged the Best Tradigital Student Animation award at the 2023 CTIAF, and her trailer for ‘The Legend of Aegis’ has been turning heads at other film festivals


Mina is a queer multimedia designer and artist based in Johannesburg. They are most usually always found planning zines that never come to fruition. They are plagued by imaginary worlds in their head, littered with characters who never cease begging for attention. Their only hope is to be able to tell stories for as long as this world will listen.

Tiisetso Doubatla

Tiisetso Doubatla (b.2001) is an emerging contemporary South African artist currently based in Johannesburg South Africa. She recently completed her BFA with Honours at The University of Witwatersrand.Working with multi-dimensional media Doubatla combines her various works to create a single installation piece. Her work explores themes relating to perception, imagination, escapism, trauma-deflection, and the psychological effects of capitalism.She makes sculptures out of found material and sheer fabrics so that they may interact with light, she makes use of light as a medium, utilizing variations of colours of light to set the mood of her installations furthermore, Doubatla utilizes photographs of her paintings and turns them into animations bringing a new kind of kinetic depth into the stillness of the work. Her work awakens an experience of synesthesia within the viewer through its intricate use of vibrant colours and flowing forms.

Tumelo Matabola

I’m a 22 year old 2D/3D animation generalist. I believe that animation is a powerful medium to educate and inspire people from all walks of life and hopefully bring them together. That is my greatest hope as an artist, to use my skills and abilities to help shift collective consciousness whilst also entertaining and inspiring audiences with the beauty of animation. As a queer artist I am always keeping an eye out for where spaces in the industry can create more room to be inclusive and uplifting to queer artists and audiences.






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