We would like to thank all those who submitted proposals. We were inundated by excellent ideas, and after much deliberation, we are excited to announce the selection of projects for Public Art and the Power of Place.

In alphabetic order:

>> FAST FORWARD>> HERE:  Newcastle Creative Network with Maninzi Kwatshube

This project examines the prospects and life perspectives of young people in Khayelitsha through an experimental video research project. In a series of workshops, thirty 18-23 year olds will interchangeably take on the roles of: audience, interviewee, camerapersons, crew, sound technician, and interviewer. The project participants will explore how to share the work with the broader public as part of the process.

AMASOKOLARI: Siya Seya, King Khotla, Tsepiso Nzayo and Khanyiso Kenga

This project aims to use stand up comedy as a way to explore more serious urban issues. It is also an attempt to bring stand up comedy to the township, in this case, in Khayelitsha. The project will involve a series of comedy performances and stand up comedy events and competitions in Khayelitsha.

ARTFRICRAFT: Lilly Joffy Bongania, Felix Bafukamirec, Papy Izilo Matatula, Monde Ntantala, Nomvuso Ngexa, Junior Okito Songo Kadima and Fwamba Mukole (amongst others)

This project aims to use the arts to challenge xenophobia. This project will bring local and foreign national artists and crafters in Delft together to produce work for an exhibition that explores ways of creating visual arts that promotes integration and contributes to people’s livelihoods.

GHETTO TREK!: Dean Jates, Andiswa Mkosi, Thulani Nxumalo, Remy Alard (Remy E) and Lucrecia Wakefield

This project aims to reclaim gang street corners in the Cape Flats through visual art, music, film-making, fashion, design, curatorship and theatre, while providing a podium for individuals from a wide variety of communities to engage in meaningful conversations about the challenges that face our society.

THE HARARE ACADEMY OF INSPIRATION: Brenda Skelenge and Valeria Geselev (amongst others)

This project involves a pop-up community centre of sharing knowledge, re-imagining art and initiating conversations. Through the platform of an open university; a series of talks, workshops and exhibitions will create a safe and inspiring hub for the ‘unemployed’ and ‘uneducated’; a space where young and old will hang out in Khayelitsha.

THEATRE IN THE BACKYARD: Mhlanguli George, Xolani Pikoko, Nozuko tracey Tshisa, Livie Ncanywa, and Athenkosi frank Mfamela

Theatre in the BackYard explores the life of ordinary people through a series of theatre performances in backyards in Nyanga. The project offers a new way or perspective of how townships are perceived by exploring stories emerging from and performed in backyards.

THE TOWNSHIP BOYS: Vuyolwethu Jongile, Sinawo Phibantu, Lutto Lumbe, Mawande Jordan, Sinovuyo Ganjana, Phaphamani Ntshwanti, Siphenathi Ncedana

This mural project explores youth, soccer and public space. Through a series of workshops with graffiti artists, the participants will develop and implement a mural along the N2 (site TBC).


We would like to thank our panel of reviewers for their time and enthusiasm in the project. Their knowledge from different disciplines at the intersection of art, culture and public life, made for inspiring engagement with the proposals. Dr Shari Daya is a Cultural Geographer based in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at UCT. She is interested in questions of modernity and identity in the global South. Dr Nomusa Makhubu is an artist and historian based at Michaelis at UCT. She is interested in visual politics and identity, and has a particular interest in public art. Meghna Singh is the curator at the Centre for African Studies at UCT. She is interested in the intersection of video art and the city. Dr Amrita Pande is a Sociologist who is interested in globalisation, reproductive labour and participatory theatre.

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