We’re launched a new event, the Street Art Cinemart!
Join us on Saturday 17 November at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng, Johannesburg.
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THE DEFINITIVE AFRICAN GRAFFITI & STREET ART WEBSITE.
A new zine focusing on graphic illustration has dropped. The 40-pager includes South African street artists Conform, Damn Vandal, Fers, Fok, Keya Tama and Onlock - as well as Bush (who put it all together)…Keep reading →
Launched last week, a newly published book, Public Art in South Africa: Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents, focuses on the realm of public art with chapter dedicated to graffiti and street art…Keep reading →
Street artist and illustrator extraordinaire Lisolomzi Pikoli, a.k.a. Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, is set to launch his first monograph made possible by Olafur Eliason’s “Little Sun” grant via the Stevenson Gallery.
The ‘Man Like Mountain: Of Memory and Scar’ book will be launched with an exhibition as well as film screening…Keep reading →
GRAFIKAMA (Service Peinture) is an artist residency currently taking place in Nantes, France and features South African street artists Nardstar*, r1. and Alphabet Zoo. The show forms part of a strew of exhibitions conceptualised by Pick Up Production and artist Kazy Usclef for the Voyage à Nantes cultural project. The residency aims to showcase “graphic creation around the world”…Keep reading →
Pastelheart stands next to one of his final works. Portrait by Polizei.
Tragedy echoed through South Africa’s graffiti scene with news of the passing of Pastelheart last week.
The young Durban-based graffiti artist, fashion designer and all-round nice guy was one of the most talented artists to roam these streets. His vivid, wild at heart and loveable personality will be sorely missed. Many have shared how he touched their hearts, as well as the admiration they have for how he kissed the walls of the city…
The Graffiti South Africa book launch will take place at three prestigious events across the country. The launches will coincide with diverse group exhibitions featuring talented urban and street artists. Other activities include video screenings, street art tours, live painting, sketch wars and book signings.
Full details listed after the jump…
We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2014…
A brief recap of happenings that we didn’t cover throughout 2014, the year that was…
During the week of October 6th, the Football Foundation of South Africa implemented the FFSA Creative Workshop & Art Mural Project in collaboration with international artist and photographer, Jared Aufrichtig. This week-long community art project took place at the Bet-El Mission Church in the township of Blompark, where Jared utilized his…
The world’s largest wheatpaste has been recorded in South Africa this week. The public art installation, which features the image of a broken AK-47 rifle wrapped in world currencies, was completed by Ralph Ziman and his team. The work is situated on The Grand Parade in Cape Town, and is over 100 meters in size.
As mentioned last week, Hennessy will be bringing the infamous street artist Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY Giant) to Johannesburg this Saturday, 20 September.
Here’s your chance to win tickets to the bottle signing during the day or the launch event in the evening…
Name one of the values that Hennessy and Shepard Fairey share?
Competition closes on Thurday 18 September.
Winners will be announced on Friday…
Iconic American street artist extraordinaire, Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY), has recently designed a limited edition bottle for Hennessy Cognac - Hennessy Very Special by Shepard Fairey.
Hennessy has also invited Shepard Fairey to celebrate this release with a world tour that hits ten of the worlds most influential cities, including Johannesburg!
Fairey will create a mural in Maboneng Precinct in September 2014 with the objective of uplifting the local community with a thought-provoking visual.
“My inspiration in coming up with the art for this Limited Edition was really based on the legacy of Hennessy as a brand,” says Shepard Fairey of his Hennessy Very Special Label design. “To me, Hennessy has always been about quality, authenticity, tradition and elegance.”
The appreciation of Hennessy that Shepard Fairey possessed prior to being invited on this project provided him with a solid background to furthermore explore the brand’s history and savoir-faire.
Invited to Cognac to discover the full Hennessy experience, Fairey embarked on a journey to make his powerful art mesh with such a storied house. When creating his designs, Shepard Fairey wanted to use every possible surface available: “I like the idea of creating an intimate relationship with the owner of the Limited Edition bottle, for them to see my work and to see how every space is utilised from different perspectives: the top of the bottle, the neck, the label.”
The “star icon” mandala featured at the centre of the bottle represents Shepard Fairey’s search for completeness and self-unity, with its signature Obey icon standing as a tribute to his own design heritage: “I’ve always wanted to progress but also always keep a visual connection to some of the elements from my historic work, so that people can see that it has all been a progression of an idea and a style.” The colour scheme used on the label enhance the direct parallel between his signature stylings and Hennessy’s trademark aesthetics: “The great thing is that a lot of the colours and elements that I like to use in my work have been used at Hennessy: gold, black, cream, and red.”
Lifting key features from historic Hennessy designs as well as his own designs, the Very Special Limited Edition
by Shepard Fairey represents the artist’s unique interpretation of the perfect balance between tradition and innovation: “It was amazing for me to see how I could translate my art to the bottle, hopefully retaining the essence of what is beautiful and powerful about it, while bringing my own spirit to it as well.”
Durban has been a hive of activity recently with many mural and painting projects. From the Faith47 pillars in Warwick Triangle, to the Morrison Street murals and the Mandela Day project in the KwaMashu township.
Now; The Box Project -
Electricity boxes throughout the CBD were transformed as part of a fringe art intervention at the UIA 2014 conference, also in collaboration with Street Scene.
Photos: Jono Hornby
The names of the artists and the locations of the boxes are listed below:
The project is the brainchild of Jonas Barausse of Street Scene and Gabriella Peppas from Ilifindo, who are working in collaboration with the eThekweni Municipality. The second and third stage of the project aims to move from Durban CDB into suburbia and surrounding townships. Barausse and Peppas aim to take this project into the private sector after the completion of phase three. With their “Adopt a Box” project, businesses will be able to sponsor the transformation of unsightly electrical boxes near them into public works of art, giving them the opportunity to play a role in beautifying their surroundings.
New, limited edition prints from Faith47 are being released. The last release was sold out very quickly, so don’t sleep on this.
FAITH47 :: SOLSTICE
The first in a collectable series of intimate books and screen-prints from Faith47
THE HIDDEN YEARS :: VOLUME ONE
Compilation of sketches from 2013 & 2014
A5 size, 80 pages
Signed and numbered
Edition of 100
CHAOS :: SCREENPRINT
5 layer screenprint on Stardream Antique Gold
21 x 15cm
Signed and numbered
Edition of 100
Release date: 21 JUNE 2014
Release time: 10:00 LA, 13:00 NYC, 18:00 London, 17:00 JHB
*one order per house-hold, any mass orders will be cancelled.
Jo’burg graffiti artist, Bias, has been pushing himself to the next level as he frequently takes to the streets to paint his name and consistently pushes his letter studies. He received some well-deserved shine in the latest issue of Canadian arts and culture magazine, Bizarre Beyond Belief.
Throughout March and April 2013, weekly features were published on this news blog. We’ve compiled a PDF document with all nine Friday Features for free download. Click the link below:
“Secret Team is a graffiti zine strictly for writers. The first issue features writers from around the country as well as the UK and New Zealand.”
“We started it because there is nothing for writers locally, if you want to see street art or characters you can find tons of that anywhere but actual graffiti letters and handstyles - the crux of what writing is - is not catered for by anyone, so we stepped in.”
“There are many writers in SA with good style and lettering but get no chance to shine, whereas character ‘writers’ get a lot of limelight so we wanted to showcase some local skills and make a zine just for those who piece, tag, throwup, etc.”
Secret Team is available at Shelflife Store (119 Loop Street, Cape Town) for R25
You can keep the zine going by sending submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support your local writer!
City Of Gold Urban Arts Festival 2013 is almost upon us and we can’t curb the excitement!
More featured artists have been announced recently:
Herakut (Germany) and Kid Kréol & Boogie (Réunion Island) are also participating in the festival.
at Alliance Française de Durban
22 Sutton Crescent
Tel: 031 312 9582 / Fax: 031 312 2864
Free coffee & biscuits
RSVP before Thurs 14 at
“Jace is a graffiti artist originally from Le Havre in northern France who has lived on Reunion Island since he was 9 years old. He created Gouzou, a humorous, faceless character who remains fearless under any climate, in any circumstance and any country. It is Jace’s passion for drawing and his dream of an underground lifestyle that prompted him to specialize in graffiti art. Fascinated by the idea of transforming advertising posters, he has exhibited his work in many countries around the world. Eager to protect his freedom of expression, he no longer wants to solely express himself through Gouzou, and we can expect surprises during his residency in Durban.”
“Ntombenhle Mbongwe is studying at the KZNSA Durban Centre for Photography since last year, she’s a durbanite photographer and has been the winner of the Alliance Française Foundation photography competition in Kwazulu-Natal. She will follow Jace at every step of the residency and go to Reunion Island for the South African Season in France for the presentation of the work they’ve made together.”
“Jace will give a talk about his trips all round the world - together with the character he created 20 years ago, Gouzou - and about his residency/tour in South Africa & Botswana.”
And here’s Jace in Madagascar:
Herakut is the graffiti duo of Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) and Akut (Falk Lehmann). Since meeting in 2004, they have exhibited their works worldwide and have a very distinct graffiti style, often working with various mediums on outside walls and in galleries (including sculpture). Most of their work is improvised as the two combine their different skills - Akut’s photo-realism and Hera’s spontaneous and almost ‘dirty’ means of painting - resulting in almost dreamlike paintings which grab the viewers attention.
Looking forward to seeing who else is going to grace Johannesburg with their art…
Painting The Town, a long running Cape Town graffiti blog, have been working on a book which will be released next month. This will be the first book on South African graffiti and will feature pictures and interviews with writers from the Cape Town scene.
You can pre-order the book through Shelflife, who are also publishing the book.
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
New PCP piece after the saga: (Photo: Derek Smith)
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.
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
Here are some helpful initiatives that are taking place in the near future.
Join in and lend a hand…
“We’re excited to officially launch Trees for Zambia – a project by Greenpop in association with Zambezi Nkuku.”
“Zambia has the 2nd highest deforestation rate in the world and we want to start doing some thing about it, but we need your help! We’ll be planting over 5000 trees in 3 weeks this July in Livingstone to kick-start an ongoing reforestation and eco-education project. Volunteers from all over (community members, school children and local business people) are getting their hands dirty to green the area.”
Check out a previous Greenpop project with Reverse Graffiti HERE.
Calling all writers and artists
Paint for Palestine
Israel Apartheid Week 5 – 11 March 2012
“PAINT FOR PALESTINE is a call to all street artists and graffiti writers to use this week to create work with FREE PALESTINE as the theme, to promote the Palestinian cause and raise awareness around the fight for human rights that ensues daily within Israel and the Occupied Territories. The colours of the banned Palestinian Flag are Red, Black, White and Green and have come to symbolise the right to self-determination that the Palestinian people are fighting for.”
The Spanish art collective, Boa Mistura (meaning ‘Good Mixture’) have released a book documenting their time spent in Cape Town last year. They were only here for one month as part of the /A Word Of Art artist residency, but this did not stop the five men; Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick from doing anything half-hearted.
We’re not sure if the book is going to be available for purchase, but we do know that there will be a local screening of their Cape Town film, Diamond Inside, in the near future.
via /A Word Of Art
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’:
“Fifteen local artists have been selected to design, illustrate or photograph work around the theme of Khayelitsha Culture. The work will be turned into large scale wheat pastes and will be pasted around Khayelitsha and the inner city of Cape Town.”
“The aim: to take the exhibition out of the gallery space and into the streets of both city and township. Spreading the art into the different cultures and allowing the greater community access.”
The project begins this Friday, 9 September until 30 September 2011.
The concept of Splitpiece is to join photographs of artworks that have been created on different walls, forming one whole picture that has diverse backgrounds. The theory behind this concept, created by Falko, is to create unity. This is a unique idea and Falko has been creating more exciting murals with Nard in the small town of Darling.
New murals will be revealed on his Flickr photostream this week. All the murals are in one residential street - Akkerboom Laan - and form a living gallery like no other.
The local graffiti world is buzzing after news of what happened in Durban on Sunday. Seven graffiti artists were arrested at the Eiy5 Memorial Graffiti Jam in Sydney Road and are now appearing in court on September 14. This event was organised and publicised weeks before, with permission from the perceived owner of the wall. It now seems like the wall had been leased from the municipality and was never a legal graffiti wall.
The Citizen and The Mercury newspapers published articles on Monday stating that these men were related to gangs and that this was gang graffiti. Find these here
The overwhelming response is that these articles were sensationalist, melodramatic and pieces of irresponsible journalism. A new website has been set up to create awareness and respond to what has happened…
Some interesting responses from both sides of the fence.
A graffiti jam that took place in Durban yesterday took a turn for the worse when seven people were arrested on charges relating to vandalism. The event was created to pay tribute to a deceased friend and was held at a location where several graffiti jams have taken place over the last few years.
Read what the press had to say:
Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Citizen Online
Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Mercury Online
The online exhibition, Mirror On The Wall, has launched today…
The exhibition is a showcase of new murals done in Philipi, Cape town by Falko and Nard over the last 30 days.
PUMA and SHELFLIFE, Cape Town’s premium street-wear and graffiti supply store, have joined forces once again. The two have collaborated to create their first range of mens and ladies sneakers, a first for an independent retailer in South African history. The collection will be released worldwide on the 8th of August 2011. The featured release is the “Train Runner”. This sneaker is inspired by the bold yellow & grey South African metro trains that are notoriously dangerous for many reasons. These are a must for art fanatics and sneaker collectors alike.
LAUNCH-PARTY ENTRY COMPETITION
To stand a chance to win a ticket to the PUMA X SHELFLIFE
sneaker launch party, all you have to do is submit any picture of
a South African train. It can be anything from the insides to the
outside and does not have to include graffiti. Best photos win.
Competition winners will be announced daily on the SHELFLIFE facebook
group and the PUMA X SHELFLIFE Sneaker Release Page.
Pictures can be submitted to: email@example.com
Remember to include your name and details.
Photo by Jonx Pillemer
Photo by Jonx Pillemer
Photo by Jonx Pillemer
Photo by Jonx Pillemer
Photo by Jonx Pillemer
Photo by Jonx Pillemer
Mirror On The Wall is an online exhibition of new murals by Falko and Nard.
Launches on 3 August 2011 at 13h00 (GMT) HERE
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
Sacha Jenkins and David Villorente aka CHINO have just launched the third installment of Piecebook - World Piecebook: Global Graffiti Drawings.
This international edition features artist from over 30 countries.
There are two South African artists featured - Dreadr and Motel7.
Spanish art collective Boamistura have just released the trailer for their forthcoming documentary about the time they spent in Cape Town earlier this year.
Faith47 is one of South Africa’s best graffiti artists and one of the leading female urban artists in the world. She creates powerful, thought-provoking images that reflect on social issues. Her artwork speaks to the individual as it crosses both artistic and cultural borders.
Her first book is due for release in March 2011 through From Here to Fame Publishing as part of the ON THE RUN series.
Title: FAITH 47
Series: On The Run Books
Author: From Here to Fame Publishing
Pages: 128 full color
Photographs: ca. 250 photographs & illustrations
Format: 23.5 x 16cm (9.25 x 6.3 inches)
Language: English edition
Published: 5th of March 2011
ISBN Paperback: 978-3-937946-08-5
Price Paperback: 9.95 €
Limited collector’s Edition:
ISBN Hardcover: 978-3-937946-09-2
Silver Embossed Hardcover with Jacket & Stitch Binding
Price Hardcover: 14.95 €