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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

EVENT \\ AWOA Artist Talk: 2 May 2012

The next /A Word Of Art Artist Talk takes place on May 2nd in Cape Town. The event starts at 6pm and features six international creatives namely Pascal Paquette, Bikes, Scott Sueme, Elicser Elliott, Jalani Morgan and Catherine J Howard.

For more info on the event and all the artists who will be speaking click HERE.

>> RSVP on facebook

NEWS \\ Keg O’Boom: Designer Resin Toy

Check out the new designer resin toy from The Given:

Keg O’ Boom is the realisation of years worth of idea’s, planning and hard work from Cape Town artist and designer; The Given. This limited edition resin figure has been hand molded and cast from The Given’s original sculpt and no more than 50 pieces of this brilliant figure will see the light of day - with one in every five being rare glow-in-the-dark variants and one ultra rare hand-painted figure!

The figure will be available during a pre-order period of one month for the surprisingly low amount of R150 and for R180 after that period.

We invite you to take part in making this project a success so that South Africa’s vinyl/resin toy scene can grow.

>> MORE INFO: www.thegiven.co.za/kegoboom

AFRICA \\ Blu in Morocco

This is Blu‘s first time in Africa, although he did have an art work on display in Cape Town last year. He painted another great commentary piece near the Melilla/Morocco border about the security on European borders to keep people out.

Thousands of people pass through the border every day to buy imported products to re-sell in Morocco.

>> http://www.blublu.org/

EVENT \\ Once Upon A Town

Falko’s new Splitpiece project will be getting underway soon, and this time he’s bringing Rasty along!

Follow the project on Facebook HERE
and on Twitter @OnceUponATown

PICS \\ City of Gold 2012: Main Murals

The two main murals painted at this years City of Gold Urban Art Festival:

Braamfontein mural:
Rekzo, Solo One (UK), HacOne, Toe, Okuda (Spain).

Jeppestown mural:
Atom (Germany), Case (Germany), Curio, Lazoo (France), Mak1one, Rasty, Tasso (Germany).

EVENT \\ Back To The City: Freedom Day Festival 2012

The sixth annual “Back to the City” Hip Hop Festival takes place on Freedom Day next week (April 27) at Ritual Stores - corner Bree Street and Henry Nxumalo, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The event runs from the morning til late and features live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street soccer, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions.

>> Find out all about the festival HERE.

EVENT \\ Tabalaza Art Fair 2

The second Tabalaza Art Fair, “Freedom of Painting” - a tribute to freedom month.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
6PM til late
R30 entrance
The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg

>> RSVP on Facebook

Above in Johannesburg

Above, a street artist who travels the world, recently painted a large sociopolitical mural in Johannesburg’s diamond district - a base for around 300 diamond traders. Known for his large-scale wordplay pieces, and his trademark ‘arrows’ (of course), he approached the owners of the wall with the intent to paint “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” in big letters. The owners of the wall swiftly agreed and left him alone to paint.

Above then added “and a man’s worst enemy” as a surprise for Jewel City, one of the biggest diamond exporters in the world with over R7-Billion worth of diamonds being exported every year. This daring move has been seen as “unfair” by the property owners but the main intention was to create awareness of blood diamonds in Africa, where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.

Read more about this HERE and HERE.
Also, check out what Above painted in Cape Town HERE.

Before I Die: A Street Art Project (South Africa)

Before I Die is an interactive street art project that has been done in other parts of the world and is now in South Africa. The project is a study of peoples aspirations and was originally done by Candy Chang as the basis for her graduate thesis. The words “Before I die I want to _” are stenciled onto the wall and chalk is left at the site for passer-by’s to write with.

Graffiti art by Rasty and Clark.

The project will be up until April 21st as part of the City of Gold Urban Art Festival and is located at the corner of Kruger Street and Fox Street in the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg. Follow the project on Facebook HERE.

EXCLUSIVE PICS \\ Okuda (Spain) in Cape Town

Spanish artist Okuda is in South Africa and just finished his latest art work last night in Woodstock, Cape Town.

The mural was painted on a building that is now the home of Side Street Studios, a new space in the ever growing art district of Woodstock that will host 30 up and coming young artists mainly from the street art community.

Okuda will be in Johannesburg for the City of Gold Urban Art Festival that opens tomorrow. Last year he was also in Africa and painted in Mali.

EVENT \\ City of Gold 2012: Festival Program

Find out about everything that is taking place at the upcoming urban art festival, City of Gold below.

EXHIBITIONS

  • CITY OF GOLD EXHIBITION (FESTIVAL OPENING)
    15 APRIL, 16:00
    @ AFRONOVA GALLERY
    Cnr Smit & De Beer Str, Braamfontein
    The City Of Gold Exhibition showcases all the artists participating in the festival and will be open to the public for the week of the festival closing with a walkabout on Saturday 21 Aprilat 12 Noon.
    Featuring: Tasso, Case, Okuda, SoloOne, Atom, Lazoo, Dal East, Angel, Mak1one, Curio, Faith47, Hacone, Rekzo, Rasty, Toe007.

  • MIND, BODY & AEROSOL, GRAFFITI MEETS TATTOO EXHIBITION
    21 APRIL, 18:00
    @ GRAYSCALE GALLERY
    33 De Korte Str, Braamfontein
    The show features South African graffiti artists that have crossed over in to the art of tattooing.
    Featuring: Tyler B Murphy, Anoy 337, Rasty, Rico “Mors” Swanepoel.

STREET MURALS

The participating international and local artists will be collaborating on murals at various sites around the city.
See map below for mural locations.

FILM SCREENINGS

18/19/20 APRIL
@ THE BIOSCOPE
286 Fox Str, Maboneng Precinct, City & Suburban
Three screenings will take place at The Bioscope in Main Street Life.
Visit the website for the schedule and bookings…
www.thebioscope.co.za

STREET ART TOURS

15/17/18/19/ APRIL
By Past Experiences
Educational walking tours focussing on graffiti and street art in and around the city centre.
The tours will visit graffiti hotspots including Troyeville, Newtown and Braamfontein.
Visit the website for the route info, schedule and bookings…
www.pastexperiences.co.za

>> http://www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Commune / Communicate / Comment

Commune/Communicate/Comment is a collaborative exhibition with /A Word Of Art artists in residence Catherine J Howard (USA), Victoria Potter (Canada), and the residents of Percy Bartley House, a home for boys in need.

This pop-up exhibition is an exploration of community building and social awareness, engaging participants (both the students and event attendees) in a dialogue about interconnectedness, playful collaboration, and empathy.

Catherine has been having workshops at the home where she posed questions about our roles in our communities and our power to make positive changes. The boys illustrated their responses and Victoria photographed and interviewed them at work, finding out about their experiences within the project. The exhibition also aims to use colour and creative practice to inspire the youth and the artists in an active exchange and interaction.

The photographs taken during the workshops will be compiled into a limited edition photo book, alongside essays by both Catherine and Victoria. Books will be available for pre-order at the pop-up exhibition as well as online. 50% of the profits from sales of the Commune/Communicate/Comment photo book will be donated to Percy Bartley House to help the juvenile boys.

Check out a sneak peak of some of the works HERE.

When:
Saturday, 14 April (3pm - 6pm)

Where:
Percy Bartley House, 44 Pine Str off Victoria Ave
Woodstock, Cape Town

>> RSVP on Facebook

PICS \\ Beetle Street Art

Street art on VW Beetles in Cape Town by visiting German artists:

Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany)
Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany)
Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany) and Mymo (Germany)
Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany) and Mymo (Germany)

>> MORE STREET ART PICS

EVENT \\ City of Gold 2012 Exhibition and Opening

City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2012 opens this Sunday (15 April) at 4pm – 9pm at Afronova Gallery in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The festival will kick off with an exhibition featuring local and international graffiti artists. This will be a chance for the public to meet the artists, and get a sneak peak as to what the week of collaborations will bring. The exhibition will be the first of its kind in South Africa, bringing together highly respected artists from around the world and pioneers of the local graffiti scene. Featuring a broad spectrum of artists and styles, audiences will experience the dynamic and versatile nature of this misunderstood art form.

The exhibition will be open to the public every day for the week of the festival (10am - 5pm) closing with a walkabout on Saturday 21 April at 12 Noon.

>> http://www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za/

AFRICA \\ Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art in Frankfurt

From Here To Fame present another event as part of their Arabic Graffiti project. The event takes place in Frankfurt, Germany as part of a festival of Egyptian culture.

From April 10th, street artists from Egypt, Tunisia and Germany including Aya Tarek, Ammar, El Seed, Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case (Ma’Claim), Abo Bakr and Ganzeer will create a street art gallery. There will also be ten massive ankh sculptures (the Egyptian key of life) created by Egyptian artists, as well as other related events.

El Seed (Tunisia):

Ganzeer (Cairo, Egypt):

Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor, Egypt):

Aya Tarek (Alexandria, Egypt):

Ankh project:

Thursday 12th of April

  • Solitaire: theater performance by Dalia Basiouny, director and actress from Cairo
    8:00 pm
    Followed by panel discussions with Dalia Basiouny and the street artists and the cultural activists Caram Kapp & Don Karl, moderated by Dr. Kersten Knipp.
    Gallus Theater, Kleyerstraße 15, 60326 Frankfurt

Friday 13th of April

  • Opening of the Street Art Gallery
    First Friday Egyptian Street Art & Arabic Graffiti
    7:00 pm - Midnight

  • Arabic Graffiti - El Seed & Don Karl present the book and project
    8:00 pm - Exhibition Foyer

  • Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution - Ganzeer & Don Karl
    9:00 pm - Exhibition Foyer
    Tutankhamun exhibition hall, Mainzer Landstraße, Güterplatz, 60327 Frankfurt am Main


More about the book:

Since the start of the Arab uprisings the Middle East has seen an unparalleled explosion of graffiti. Many slogans which were later sung by the people on the streets first appeared on walls from Tunisia to Bahrain. Egypt has played a remarkable role in this phenomenon. Even when the army tanks rolled onto Tahrir Square in Cairo, they were immediately adorned with graffiti. Along with people from all walks of life, artists, calligraphers and designers took over the public space. In no time a vital and now globally acclaimed street art scene emerged.”

Arabic Graffiti is an intercultural project by From Here To Fame that involves artists, activists and academics from various Middle Eastern countries and their diasporas. Started as an art and book project, the recent events in the region have led to an active involvement of many participants in the transforming changes of the region. Events and exhibitions are currently being developed in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, France and Germany.”

The project Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art is part of the Festival of Egyptian Culture* the program for the exhibition Tutankhamun - His tomb and treasures in Frankfurt.”

via From Here To Fame

AFRICA \\ Okuda in Mali

Okuda is a Spanish graffiti graffiti artist and designer who has traveled to many corners of the world, from other European countries to the Americas, Japan, India and even Mali in Africa!

He’ll be back on the African continent this month as he will be a participating artist at City of Gold Urban Art Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Below are some works he did in Mali in 2011:

>> http://www.okudart.es/showcase/