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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Find out about everything that is taking place at the upcoming urban art festival, City of Gold below.
15 APRIL, 16:00
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, GRAFFITIMEETSTATTOOEXHIBITION
21 APRIL, 18:00
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.
The participating international and local artists will be collaborating on murals at various sites around the city. See map below for mural locations.
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…
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…
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.
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.