Anthea Pokroy

Anthea Pokroy is a ginger artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She was born in 1986 in Johannesburg and, apart from spending time in London from 2008 until 2010, continues to live and work there. She obtained her BA Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007 and graduated cum laude.

She works primarily in photography as well as in video, installation and performance. She has taken part in many group exhibitions since 2005, including shows at The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Museum Africa, Gordart Gallery, the Alliance Francaise and many independent group shows until 2012. She has participated in the Martienssen Prize in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Absa L’Atelier Awards in 2007 and 2008, and Sasol New Signatures in 2010. Recently, in 2013, she had her first solo exhibition entitled I collect gingers at Speke Photographic/ CIRCA on Jellicoe.

Whilst working as an artist, Pokroy works as a freelance photographer, specialising in photography of artworks for galleries and museums. In 2010 she co-founded, and continues to run, a non-profit visual artist organisation, Assemblage, which provides support, opportunities  and education for emerging Johannesburg-based visual artists (

She also collects gingers.

27 Responses to “Anthea Pokroy”

  1. A Daft Scots Lass 10/07/2011 at 12:01 #

    You contacted me on Twitter. Are you looking for more gingers? My daughter and I could be part of your project

  2. Nicolas Dreyer 28/09/2011 at 08:58 #

    Would like to contact you

  3. Natasha 26/10/2011 at 10:26 #

    I am a ginger covered in freckles and I love it!!

  4. Rene Klee 04/11/2011 at 07:38 #

    would like to contact you,I have a 7year old daughter which is a ginger

  5. Janneman27 19/01/2012 at 15:53 #

    …and yet there’s no photo of this *supposed* ginger on the about page…

  6. David Robertson 20/01/2012 at 07:22 #

    Scottish Dad + Italian Mom = 3 passionate, fiery red blooded & red headed siblings… We would make for a great shoot I would imagine!? Mom & Dad included! We live btwn Jhb & Pta, so easy to organise!

  7. Yolande Robertson 08/02/2012 at 08:38 #

    My 5 yr old daughter is an amaaazing redhead. I would love her to be part of your photoshoot in Johannesburg.This is so amazing!!!

  8. Robyn Woollatt 13/06/2012 at 09:29 #

    Hi – are you planning to do a Ginger shoot in Durban anytime soon? My son and I are both gingers and I know quite a few other gingers so could make a visit to KZN worthwhile for you!

  9. Muriel 05/10/2012 at 07:43 #

    This must be an awesome adventure!!

  10. Sally Glover 26/10/2012 at 12:11 #

    I am a red head with two red headed daughters, age 4 and 15 months, and would love to be part of a photo shoot in Cape Town.

  11. Tracy Buchan 28/10/2012 at 13:51 #

    I have an 11 year old red headed daughter.
    Am interested in being part of your photo shoot 🙂


  12. Junita de Klerk 31/10/2012 at 15:34 #

    I have a soon to be 12 year old girl with long, curly red hair and of course the usual freckels on the face.
    I am interested in making her part of your photo shoot in Cape Town.

  13. Venessa Vermeulen 07/11/2012 at 06:34 #

    I am a ginger living in Johannesburg, i am 25years….I would so much love to be part of your lovely extravigent shoot out. Thinks is so awesome!!! as there is not many of us in the world 😉 Please contact will be great hearing from you.

  14. Bianca Huizinga 11/01/2013 at 15:28 #

    I have had difficulty with bullying throughout my school career so far. My mom recorded Expresso for me and now all I think about is how proud I should be about my hair. I am a 15 year old, tall, freckled ginger and I would be most honored if I could join the campaign and be part of one of your photoshoots. Thank you for inspiring me to be confident and proud about my hair! I would love to stay in contact. Xx

  15. Jeff 21/01/2013 at 15:33 #

    Thanks for what you’re dong, it’s frankly uplifting. In any case, I love being ginger, me and my two kids, we’re all different shadesof ginger. We’re in CT, would love to see your work here or be used for your art if you like. Be ginger!

  16. Belinda Cant 29/01/2013 at 15:01 #

    Hey! i just wanted to say that i take art as a subject at school and my school is right next door to the gallery where art is displayed (St Teresa’s) and we are presently doing a project on you and your amazing idea and the originallity of it, thank you so much you work is something special and is highly thought of, i have many many friends who are ginger and they walk tall and proud thanks to you!

  17. Katlego Kganyago 31/01/2013 at 09:57 #

    Hi Anthea!
    I believe your work on ‘Gingers’ is amazing and intriguing. I have two ‘ginger’ friends who I would like to form part of your campaign. I am based in Cape Town, Bellville.

    Thank you.

  18. jenny 15/03/2013 at 18:35 #

    I have red hair… I’m nearly 6′ tall, and my hair is so long I can sit on it.
    Would be glad to be part of your project.

  19. Michelle bailey 16/03/2013 at 00:41 #

    I would love to be part of your ginger collection!! Iam a true red head with qutie a few freckles and fair skin hazel eyes also have to sisters that are gingers too and would join in on any pictures. I read the article in the newspaper and thought that it was wonderful that their is somebody out their making a stand for all those natural beautiful red heads!!! Gingers rock I love it!! 🙂
    Michelle from London

  20. Karen 03/04/2013 at 20:55 #

    Thousands of redheads!

    Thousands of redheads from many countries come together in Breda, The Netherlands! The weekend starts on Friday 30th of August 2013 with a kick-off party and the ‘main event’ takes place on Sunday 1st of September from 12 o?clock. Seeing so many redheads walking around is an experience. The location of this event is Breda’s city centre. Note that, the dress code for 2013 is BLUE!

    During the whole weekend, there are more than 50 different activties ranging from photo shoot, lectures on the background of red hair, art exhibition, a movie night and a lot more! If you click on “sign up” you’ll receive our newsletter and we will keep you updated on all the activities!

    Thousands of redheads!

    Thousands of redheads from many countries come together in Breda! The weekend starts on Friday 30th of August 2013 with a kick-off party and the ‘main event’ takes place on Sunday 1st of September from 12 o?clock. Seeing so many redheads walking around is an experience. The location of this event is Breda’s city centre. Note that, the dress code for 2013 is BLUE!


  21. Andrew 10/08/2013 at 11:42 #

    What a wonderful project! I’m 50 and my hair is now a combination of grey and something that’s not red, but pictures of me up ’til my mid 40’s tell a different story, I’ve still got hazel eyes and freckles at least. My girlfriend is 53 and she’s still a gorgeous ginger, I’m very jealous.

  22. James Kendall 18/05/2014 at 13:03 #

    I love this project you are doing. If you ever find yourself in the United States collecting gingers, I hope I could be in your project.
    On top of that, I think your gallery would be awesome to have go about the States. My country isn’t exactly that evolved when it comes to how it views gingers and it would do it some good to see it.
    Good luck with the continuing project.

  23. Debora 16/06/2014 at 22:09 #

    I’m italian. I’m twenty and i’m ginger… I would like to contact you

  24. thea 01/02/2015 at 20:45 #

    hi, I am an italian ginger and I would love to be in your project,I think is awesome!go ginger!!


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