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)
Andrew Breitenberg a.k.a Selah from Cape Town “draws symbols and texts in the margins of society – be they alleys, townships or street corners – to try and make a contribution toward the dignity of the people living in those places”.
He is currently in The Gambia for Wide Open Walls 2011 but has also painted in Zimbabwe. Here are a couple of pictures of his ‘street art’ in Zimbabwe…
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
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.