Jacki McInnes is an independent arts practitioner who has practiced variously as an artist, arts writer and curator since obtaining her BA(FA) (with distinction) from UNISA in 2001. She won the UNISA Fine Art Faculty Medal in the same year and went on to complete an MFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT in 2004.


McInnes has received numerous awards and grants including the Mixed Media category prize on the M-Web New Signatures Competition in 2000, a National Arts Council scholarship in 2003, and she was selected for the Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland Artist’s Residency programme in 2004. More recently, McInnes was a finalist on the Spier Contemporary 2010 competition and went on to win the Sacatar-Spier Contemporary Fellowship Award 2010. In 2011, McInnes (in collaboration with film-maker Peter Goldsmid) was a finalist in the inaugural Johannesburg GoodPitch² Documentary Film-making Competition. McInnes was the Kunstraum Sylt Artist’s Residency award winner for 2012.


McInnes has staged seven solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions and has work in many corporate and private collections in South Africa and abroad. In 2007 McInnes curated A Legacy of Men at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and in 2009 she co-curated Domestic at GoetheonMain with Melissa Goba. She went on to curate Ecotopian States at the University of Johannesburg Gallery in September 2010. In 2016 McInnes, in conjunction with Michael Titlestad and Jyoti Mistry, curated the group exhibition When Tomorrow Comes at the Wits Art Museum. This show also travelled to Michaelis Galleries at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus.


McInnes lives in Cape Town. She works between Cape Town and Johannesburg, where she is reading towards a PhD at Wits University. McInnes is represented by Everard Read / Circa Galleries in Johannesburg and Cape Town.