Besides from a few events and exhibitions that we never posted, here are a few other highlights from 2015 we didn’t share. In no particular order…Keep reading →
New walls painted in Jo’burg throughout January 2014:
(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)
Pieces, left to right:
Rasty & Myza, Tapz & Tyke, Anser & Riot, Trips, Dekor & Tower, Bias, Tyke, Eron & Jers & Gasr, Tapz & Tyke & Spent (Angola), Mars, Fiya.
Freddy Sam’s Nelson Mandela tribute mural was also completed last month:
We’re catching up with images we’ve yet to post. Here are some graffiti art works that were painted in the rest of Africa…
(Photos found around the Internet)
Broken Crow (at Wide Open Walls):
Image via Ekosystem
Image via Ekosystem
Image via Fatcap
Kid Kreol & Boogie:
(Unknown Artist) - we can’t find the email in which we received this pic…
Image via Ekosystem
Rabie & Meknes
Image via Fatcap
Freddy Sam (Photo by Megan King)
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In 2011 a group of Street Artists united in Gambia with the basic idea to turn villages in the area (falling under the Ballabu Conservation Project) into a living art project. This video shows the magic and beauty of Gambia, its people and Art.
Founded by Lawrence Williams & James English (http://www.wideopenwalls.co.za)
What is Street Art?
Street art is more than just graffiti. It’s a broad term commonly used to describe art found in public space – from stickers and stencils, to paste-ups and installations and more traditional graffiti. It’s a means of expression evoking a rich spectrum of thoughts, captivating the viewer. With a variety of themes and ideas, from social and political awareness to plain visual poetry, this art form continues to gain momentum.
Some regard it as vandalism and not public art, but most artists try to create something meaningful – beautifying a run-down building, reclaiming a forgotten space. Street art is more than a tag, or moniker to gain fame. It provokes us to think and feel with more depth in an otherwise sterile environment. Street artists dare to bring greater vibrancy, colour and fluidity into drab and monotonous urban superstructures. It is non-elitist and invites the public to reclaim their right to shared spaces. It provokes freedom of expression, greater individualism and diversity.
Freddy Sam, Cape Town bus terminal
Faith47, Cape Town
The international street art scene is thriving with a growth of amazingly talented and diverse artists and great exhibitions and festivals. Cape Towns Faith47 has been travelling abroad to paint and exhibit her work which is both entertaining and educating. She was recently in Hawaii for the Pow Wow Festival.
‘The Long Wait’ by Faith47 in Johannesburg - A wheatpaste series commenting on the high rate of unemployment. Photo by Derek Smith
Graffiti VS Street Art
A whole debate surrounds street art – is it graffiti? Many see graffiti as being more letter-based and street art as a variety of elements. Others downright think that street art is not cool. The beauty of the debate is that they have a symbiotic relationship, each evolving separately, but provoking one another to reach new frontiers.
Despite the friction between the two, we respect anyone who puts anything up in the streets. This keeps it interesting, diverse and colourful.
Galleries and art collectors are diving into this market. Banksy, Blu and Mr Brainwash have had works displayed in South Africa. Augustine Kofie, American ‘graffuturist’ artist, painted live at an exhibition at Lovell Gallery in Cape Town last year.
Augustine Kofie piece in Cape Town. He came from a graffiti background and is part of the new ‘graffuturist’ movement.
Street Art in South Africa
While modern graffiti is still very new in South Africa it has, nevertheless, spread rapidly in recent years. When seen on a global scale, the South African scene is very youthful, but is quickly gaining maturity.
For years graffiti artists have dominated the streets. Those that spray their stencil often fade away soon after starting. Things are changing. Urban art is becoming more popular as internationally acclaimed artists visit our shores.
Remed (France), Cape Town
Dal East (China), Cape Town
Unknown Artist, Cape Town
Freddy Sam & Christiaan Conradie, Cape Town
The /A Word Of Art Residency Programme has brought many street artists to Cape Town and Johannesburg. Highlights include the 5-man collective called BoaMistura from Spain and the Acrylic Walls project with Gaia (USA), Franco ‘Jaz’ Fasoli (Argentina) and Know Hope (Israel).
Gaia (USA), Cape Town
Jaz (Argentina), Cape Town
Acrylic Walls Johannesburg mural. Photo by Derek Smith
Other artists who have participated in the residency are Above (USA), Tika (Switzerland), Indigo (Canada), Yumanizumu (Japan), Scott Sueme (Canada), Remed (Spain), LX One (France), Mike Makatron (Australia), Hannah Parr (UK), Mymo (Germany), Pascal Paquette (Canada), David Shillinglaw (UK), Elicser Elliott (Canada) and Andrzej Urbanski (Germany).
Yumanizumu (Japan), Cape Town
Wesley Van Eeden, Cape Town
Masai (UK) works on a new mural in Cape Town. His recent works create awareness of the declining animal population.
Kasi (Breeze), Cape Town
South, Cape Town
Andrzej Urbanski, a Polish-born artist, has relocated from Berlin to Cape Town. “I fell in love with this city…. The street art scene here is small but very good. There’s a lot of creative people and a rising art community.”
He sees himself as a ‘contemporary street artist’ working in studio and in the streets. “Being out in the streets and sharing with the community is very special. The people of Cape Town are very interested and helpful. I really made a lot of good friends in the community while I painted.”
Urbanski & Elicser, Cape Town. Photo by Urbanski
Urbanski, Cape Town. Photo by Urbanski
Interesni Kazki’s AEC is currently here as part of the residence programme and has already painted one wall (with only brushes). Along with Waone, this Ukrainian duo live up to the meaning of their name painting “interesting fairy tales”.
AEC (Interesni Kazki) completed piece and progress shots in Cape Town
I Art SA is another project that has been developed by /A Word Of Art and features a range of artists and styles. This project took place in Woodstock (Cape Town), Soweto (Johannesburg) and Johannesburg City.
With his endemic animal paintings, internationally acclaimed artist ROA was one of the featured artists at I Art Joburg last year. The exhibition opened last night in Cape Town. Photo by Derek Smith
Last weekend, a group of creative individuals met up in downtown Johannesburg for an event they called ‘Open City’. The aim: “To make the city pretty”…
“I do this a lot. Whenever I’ve got chalk, I bomb. I make it normal. I’m not special… The streets are yours. Be the art you want to see in the world!” - Andrew, event organiser
Freddy Sam working on a mural in Johannesburg for WWF. Photo by Derek Smith
Mooki’s street art in Durban
Hundreds of painted stencils adorn the walls of Grahamstown, a quaint student town in the Eastern Cape. Many are attributed to a Mr Stevenson.
Hannelie Coetzee, chipped wood piece in Johannesburg
Kevin Love, wood blocks in Johannesburg
This ‘dog’ pasteup is found all over Johannesburg
We recently discovered the work of Cape Towns Grant Jurius and asked him why he does street art…
I love street life! The most inspiring artists are street artists – at least for me. The street is raw and real. It feeds me and I feed back.
What do you want to evoke?
I want people to think about a piece and create a sense of feeling of some sort… I use figures because I like the human figure and I think people relate to it.
How long have you actively been working in the streets?
I only recently had the confidence to start putting up bolder pieces. In 2011, I started drawing on paper and then progressed to more defined paintings. Then I started doing the opposite by placing work in the street.
Artwork and photos by Grant Jurius
Another proclaimed street art duo is Herakut from Germany. They will participate in the City of Gold Urban Arts Festival in Johannesburg next month along with Kid Kréol & Boogie (Reunion Island), Pose MSK (USA) and local artists.
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Be sure to check out the last week of the current exhibition, Blackheart Gang’s “Postcards from Molotia”:
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Street Art Discussion Forum
Wednesday 17 October 2012, 16:00 – 18:00
The Lovell Gallery, 139 Albert Road, Woodstock.
As part of the process toward drafting a Public Art Regulatory Framework, the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department, in partnership with the Lovell Gallery, will be hosting a public discussion that addresses the politics and practices around contemporary street art. This will be followed by a film screening of a street art documentary.
The discussion will be chaired by Zayd Minty; Manager of the City’s Arts and Culture Department. Panelists include: Farzanah Badsha (Creative Cape Town) and Roger van Wyk (Educentric cc) Augustine Kofie (international street artist), Ricky-Lee Gordon (Word of Art). The forum invites a discussion around cultural processes and practices of street art.
Grant Pascoe, the Mayoral Committee member for the Tourism, Events and Marketing Directorate has the following to say: “The City of Cape Town is committed to enabling creativity in our city. The World Design Capital 2014 accolade is evidence of our growing stature as a cultural capital. The promotion of Public Art, including Street Art, is critical to a city with aspirations to foster creativity. For this reason we are pleased to have brought this forum of artists, industry leaders and cultural practitioners to discuss Public Art. This forum is part of the City’s ongoing attempts to nurture local art and artists, to beautify and enliven city spaces and to create an enabling environment for public art”.
The following issues will also be tabled for public discussion: Street Art in the Social and Political life of the City, Street Art as Fine Art – addressing street art as visual culture and Public / Street Art Policies both nationally and internationally.
To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Nikita Campbell:
Nikita.Campbell@capetown.gov.za / 021 417 4095
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350.org, an organisation that aims to build a global movement to solve the climate crisis, launched Earth in 2010, a collaborative arts project to help spark this movement. Now, select artists (including South Africa’s Freddy Sam) have taken to the streets, creating works that are in public space for all to see.
‘Art has the power to move the masses and get people to stop, think and ideally act on the greatest challenge of our time.’
Below is Freddy Sam’s contribution to the project, ‘Wake Up To The Sun To Change Tomorrow’:
Believe is a short documentary of a public art/mural project which took place in Rochester, New York in July 2011. The goal: to inspire the local community and communicate a positive message. Ian Wilson, co-founder of non-profit organisation The Synthesis Collaborative, brought the project to life and invited South African artists to participate. Cape Town’s Faith47, Mak1one, Freddy Sam and Dal were among the artists involved and several murals were painted.
Freddy Sam is back in the US - painting murals, exhibiting works and doing some sight-seeing.
He has already painted great stuff with international artists in New York and Rochester, and is currently in Portland. He is taking part in Living Walls which takes place next month in Atlanta.
Check out some of the new works that Freddy Sam has done:
Canvas session, Rochester
Brooklyn Community Block Party with whoever else wanted to add to the wall
All pics courtesy of Freddy Sam, with thanks
Read all about Wide Open Walls 2011 in our Rest of Africa section. The project took place earlier this month in The Gambia and featured some great artists from all around the world.
All photos by Jonx Pillimer, except where stated.
Best Ever (UK)
Bushdwellers (The Gambia)
Selah (South Africa)
Know Hope (Israel)
Freddy Sam (South Africa), pic by Sydelle Willow Smith
Write On Africa is currently in The Gambia for Wide Open Walls 2011. But, that isn’t the only African country in which they have created inspiration and change. A while ago they were invited to Swaziland by Pact to create a communication strategy to better communicate the work that Pact had been doing in communities.
They were in the country for a week, each day being taken to see a new Pact supported project. They ended off the week with a mural project. You can read more about the whole trip HERE.
Some pictures of the murals being painted:
Artwork by Freddy Sam and Xanele
Below are new photographs of the murals in Woodstock, Cape Town. Some were painted recently for the I Art SA community mural project and some by international artists as part of the /A Word of Art residency programme.
Artists that feature are:
- Freddy Sam
- David Shillinglaw (UK)
- Boamistura (Spain)
- Andrew Breitenberg
- Tika (Switzerland)
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzayiya
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Indigo (Canada)
All photos courtesy of Derek Smith.
We’ve been seeing some very interesting developments in Cape Town recently. All coming from /A Word of Art.
A Word of Art is all about supporting artists and creating upliftment through art projects. Some of the projects include the Write On Africa project and Artist in Residency programme, and the more recent I Art SA community mural project.
All of these projects are doing great work for communities - creating inspiration and beautifying neighbourhoods like Woodstock - and the diverse mixture of artists and art styles is something exciting to see.
Rejuvenation Project: Percy Bartley House
Artist in Residency programme
The Artist in Residency programme has brought some wonderful international artists to the city of Cape Town. It is all about having artists and musicians from other countries, as well as other parts of South Africa, living and working in a studio at the WOA headquarters in the Woodstock Industrial Centre.
The visiting artists have each published their trip in a unique blog:
We Are Visual (Hamburg, Germany)
Dec 2010 to Jan 2011
Jan 2011 to March 2011
Peter Aerschman (Switzerland)
Jan 2011 -March 2011
BoaMistura (Madrid, Spain) :
March - April 2011
New Artists in Residency (April 2011):
Indi Go (Canada)
David Shillinglaw (UK)
And South African artist Senyol is set to visit Finland.
I Art SA
I Art SA is a community mural project aimed at promoting artists and interacting with the communities of Woodstock and Soweto. An exhibition will be held after each project which will raise funds for Write On Africa to help those in need.
Read more HERE
I Art Woodstock
Artists that took part:
- Alexia Webster & Mikey Saal
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzanyiya
- Freddy Sam
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Jeremy Puren
- Jonx Pillemer
- Linsey Levendall of Bison
- Paul Senyol
- Rowan Pybus of Makhulu
Write On Africa
Write On Africa are all about social change and they are helping out all over Africa.