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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Transformative

Paul Senyol (Cape Town) & Wesley van Eeden (Durban)

Opening reception: April 11th, 7pm
Show runs: April 11th - May 25th, 2013

For the upcoming show titled ‘Transformative’, Paul Senyol and Wesley van Eeden explored the notions of reality and society in a constant stage of change. Van Eeden was taken by the idea of how something we do today will have a certain influence on the way we live tomorrow, next week, a month from now and for many years to come. Trying to grapple for a grasp on the present moment, we find ourselves in eternal stages of change. Senyol took a deeper look at the very fabric of his everyday life and those who orbit his existence as a starting point for working towards a final outcome. Senyol explored his surroundings within Woodstock allowing all aspects of its transformation from day to day to influence him.

There will be a limited edition ART PACK available - 20 units signed and numbered; includes an A2 print on archival paper, 16 page zine and a limited edition T-shirt. R600, contact the gallery if interested in purchasing one. Supported by RVCA.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: ‘The Tropic of Soda’ & ‘Time, Time, Time’

The Tropic of Soda - An Exhibition of Drawings by Jean de Wet.

A series of detailed drawings that explores and describes a remote cluster of islands, mutating and evolving for centuries off an unknown and mysterious coast. With the first records of this new and unknown ecology, Jean de Wet presents a strange and opulent world with his idiosyncratic use of dense and hypnotic line work.

Jean works with dip pen and ink on paper of all sizes and will also present a variety of printed matter for this exhibition.

The Tropic of Soda will be the first solo exhibition taking place at /A WORD OF ART.


TIME, TIME, TIME is a new and ongoing collaborative project between Jean de Wet and Cool de Suck (Black Koki and Ello).

Drawing and good times will be exhibited as a silkscreen print and some results from the process.

Both open on October 11th.

>> MORE INFO

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

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

EVENT \\ AWOA Artist Talk

/A WORD OF ART is proud to present their second artist talk. The talk will be held at the temporary residence while renovations are being completed on the previous space at the Woodstock Industrial Centre. Please come by to see what each artist has been working on during their time in Cape Town – studios will be open to the public, and each talk will be accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

This month’s speakers are:

  • Catherine J. Howard (Durham, NC) is a visual artist, an art technique/art history instructor and curator. She is currently running a project about community and social awareness in collaboration with Percy Bartley house.
    http://www.catherinejhoward.com/

  • Elicser Elliott (Toronto, Canada) is an aerosol artist who also works with animation, 3 dimensional sculpture/installation and acrylics/mixed media. He draws inspiration from the people and environments from his daily life, translating their images with his unique perception and gestural style.
    http://www.elicser.com/

  • Victoria Potter (Vancouver, Canada) is a photographer on the run. With portraiture and urban documentation as her primary focus, she enjoys traveling to find her next subjects.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindphotography/

  • Andrzej Urbanski’s (Berlin, Germany) work consists of paintings and objects of experimental forms, shapes, geometrical structures and a wide range of color-segments. These shapes, lines and segments are often taken directly from physical objects in the world around him, stripped to their basic geometries, rendered both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally with clean edges and opaque surfaces.
    http://aurbanski.com/

Where: 3 Garrick Road, University Estate, Cape Town
When: Thursday March 29th, 6-7:30pm

>> MORE INFO

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NEWS \\ BoaMistura book and film screening

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.

>> Watch the trailer and the teaser.

via /A Word Of Art

EVENT \\ Exhibition: In To You

IN TO YOU is an exhibition by Yumanizumu (Tokyo, Japan) featuring drawings, sculptures, paintings and installations made during the artists 2 month residency with /A WORD OF ART.

The show launches tomorrow night with guest DJs and an installation by new artist in residence, Veronica Casellas Jimenez (Venezuela).

Where: /A WORD OF ART, 66-68 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: 3 November 2011, 8pm

>> RSVP on Facebook

Be sure to check out the artists travel blogs…
http://www.awoa-residency-yumanizumu.blogspot.com/
and
http://www.awoa-residency-casellasjimenez.tumblr.com/

VIDEO \\ Changing Lives With Street Art Murals - Freddy Sam on CNN

A short video on CNN’s Inside Africa about Ricky Lee Gordon a.k.a Freddy Sam, a Cape Town artist and curator who is doing amazing work uplifting communities with street art murals.

Video produced by Rowan Pybus at Makhulu Productions.

>> Read the article HERE.

VIDEO \\ I Art Soweto

>> Watch the “I Art Woodstock” video HERE

EVENT \\ Exhibition: I Art SA (JHB)

I ART SOWETO - the second part of the I ART SA project - took place earlier this month. An exhibition will be held on October 7th at Main Street Life in Johannesburg that documents both I ART SOWETO and I ART WOODSTOCK.

>> MORE INFO

NEWS \\ Wide Open Walls 2011

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.

CONTINUE READING

All photos by Jonx Pillimer, except where stated.

Best Ever (UK)

TIKA (Switzerland)

Bushdwellers (The Gambia)

ROA (Belgium)

Remed (Spain)

Selah (South Africa)

Know Hope (Israel)

Freddy Sam (South Africa), pic by Sydelle Willow Smith

>> WIDE OPEN WALLS 2011 OVERVIEW

AFRICA \\ Write on Swaziland

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

http://www.writeonafrica.org/

EVENT \\ Upcoming Exhibitions in Cape Town

TONIGHT (15 April 2011)

More info

NEXT WEEK

An exhibition of new works by /A Word Of Art artists in residence Indigo (Canada) and David Shillinglaw (UK).

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WOA in Cape Town

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
    http://awoa-residency.blogspot.com/

  • Tika (Switzerland/Berlin/Rio)
    Jan 2011 to March 2011
    http://awoa-residency-tika.blogspot.com/

  • Peter Aerschman (Switzerland)
    Jan 2011 -March 2011
    http://awoa-residency-peter.blogspot.com/

  • BoaMistura (Madrid, Spain) :
    March - April 2011
    http://awoa-residency-boamistura.blogspot.com/

Watch a video of BoaMistura in Cape Town

New Artists in Residency (April 2011):

  • Indi Go (Canada)
    http://indigoestocapetown.wordpress.com/

  • David Shillinglaw (UK)
    http://awoa-residency-davidshillinglaw.blogspot.com/

And South African artist Senyol is set to visit Finland.
http://awoa-residency-paulsenyol.blogspot.com/

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:

View pictures of the murals HERE and see them in real life HERE.

Write On Africa

Write On Africa are all about social change and they are helping out all over Africa.

More:

http://www.a-word-of-art.co.za/
http://www.writeonafrica.org/
http://www.i-art-sa-project.com/