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Public Art and the Power of Place

start again the new road at dawn. yesterday’s road has led to yesterday’s destination. today is a new chaos. a new journey. a new city. needing new paths. and new standards. Ben Okri – The Ruin and The Forest Cape Town remains stubbornly segregated, with a large portion of the population living in undesirable conditions. […]

Ghetto Trekk!

Ghetto Trekk! is one of the seven projects ACC is supporting as part of Public Art and the Power of Place project. According to the project coordinator: ‘GHETTO TREKK! is a touring platform that is designed for visual art, music, film-making, fashion, design, curatorship and theatre, while providing a podium for individuals from a wide […]

Artfricraft Studios

Artfricraft Studios is one of the seven projects being supported by ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. Artfricraft Studios will be hosting a series of events as part of their project. According to project director, Fwamba Mukole: ‘Artfricraft Studios is an all-inclusive socio-cultural enterprise aimed at serving as a platform of creative […]

Theatre in the Backyard

Theatre in the Backyard is one of the seven projects being supported by the ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. Theatre in the Backyard presents “Is He Mad?” written & directed by Mhlanguli George and performed by Lamla Ntsaluba. According to the project organisers, “Is He Mad?”: ‘A story of a […]

The Harare Academy of Inspiration

Rike Sitas

The Harare Academy of Inspiration is one of the seven public-facing art projects being supported by the ACC as part of Public Art and the Power of Place. The curators have the following to say: ‘The Harare Academy of Inspiration is an ambitious public art project, turning a small restaurant in front of Harare Library in […]

Harare Academy of Inspiration

The Harare Academy of Inspiration, one of the seven projects ACC is supporting as part of Public Art and the Power of Place, is running a daily programme of events at the Moholo Live House in Harare, Khayelitsha. Please see the programme for details or contact the curators Brenda Skelenge 073-9401556 trendingkhalture@gmail.com Valeria Geselev 071-5501427 yallashoola@gmail.com […]

Introducing Public Art and the Power of Place Artists

Rike Sitas

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 […]

Briefing and Q&A: Public Art and the Power of Place

Public Art and the Power of Place, initiated by the African Centre for Cities at UCT, with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund seeks to support six public art engagements to be manifested in Cape Town’s townships in 2015 that explore the significance of place outside of the City Bowl. The African Centre […]

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Public Art and the Power of Place

Rike Sitas

Individual or groups of artists from, or working in Cape Town’s townships in visual arts, performance, graffiti, music, poetry and/or theatre are invited to apply for a R50000 grant to produce one of six public art engagements that explore the significance of place outside of Cape Town’s City Bowl in this new ACC initiative.

The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City

Kim Gurney

A journey through Johannesburg via three art projects raises intriguing notions about the constitutive relationship between the city, imagination and the public sphere–through walking, gaming and performance art. Amid prevailing economic validations, the trilogy posits art within an urban commons instead. Imagination counts, says the author, even when it cannot be counted.