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Influenced by society fundraisers in New York, 5 For Change aims to get Cape Town all dressed up and to change perceptions about philanthropy. The initiative, set to become an annual affair, is dedicated to raising awareness of five inspiring social enterprises while, quite literally,...

A group of South Africans - 2 street artists, a photographer, an anthropologist and a film maker - joined artists from all over the world in Gambia recently to work with Wide Open Walls to turn villages in the area into a living art project....

We told you about the Dulux, Write on Africa and Between 10and5 paint day, remember? The weather man says it's going to rain on Saturday so to be safe we're now painting on Sunday the 26th and would love for you to stop by!...

Remember this anonymous tactical ad? In short, this ad was created in a response to Vodacom changing their branding to red earlier this year. Dulux and their agency had no idea who did the ad and said it wasn't them but to celebrate the creativity...

A RECAP: This ad was made is response to Vodacom's new branding. On featuring the ad here we heard from Dulux that it wasn't them and they had no clue who made the ad (and still don't)!  Their amazing response was as follows: A mystery Dulux...

[caption id="attachment_18099" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Photo by Jonx Pillemer"]artist freddy sam and kids photo by jonx pillemer[/caption] The I ART SA Community Mural Project, a collaboration between /A WORD OF ART and adidas Originals, aims to promote and celebrate local artists, mural art and the original culture found within the communities we interact in. Starting in Woodstock and then moving on to Soweto, thirteen artists have been selected and assigned one wall per venue and will create public art to a brief, either I ART WOODSTOCK or I ART SOWETO. The entire process is to be documented through video and stills becoming an exhibition. Sales of the prints will go towards raising funds for the community art project WRITE ON AFRICA to paint a school in the area. Other elements to the initiative include a ‘zine’ filled with relevant content that will be distributed for free around the country and a concert, a creative collaboration between local musicians. Visit the project website to find maps directing you to the murals, photos, videos, artist statements and profiles. With its roots in South Africa, the future plan for the project is for it to eventually become global. The launch exhibition will be held at the Toffie Festival this week (24 – 26 March) featuring the I ART WOODSTOCK artists: 35- Ten 73, Pavement Special, Black Koki, Boamistura (Madrid), Dathina Mzayiya, Freddy Sam, Fuzzy Slippers, Jeremy Puren, Jonx Pillemer, Linsay Levendall of Bison, Paul Senyol, Rowan Pybus at Makhulu and Xanele. We'll be sure to keep you up to date with upcoming I ART SA events including a braai day and party in April and the I ART SOWETO exhibition in September.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YkCXZopYyw[/youtube] In 2008 five artists set out on a 9 day road trip to the Transkei stopping off in communities along the way and painting art for the unsuspecting public. This is the short documentary made about their time there. The artists involved are...

Long Street You're invited by Ogilvy and Write on Africa to 'come watch an arty movie, with arty people at an arty venue' to raise funds for the Percy Bartley House Rejuvenation. The movie is entitled "Long Street" and is by filmmaker, Revel Fox. It's set in Cape Town (in case you didn't get that from the title) and stars the well-known South African director’s wife, Roberta Fox, his daughter, Sannie Fox, from the band, Machineri and Busi Mhlongo.
Ricky Lee Gordon Most of you know Ricky Lee Gordon as the founder of /A WORD OF ART. Those who didn't know that he is the man behind the scenes have surely seen him around the Gallery in the Woodstock Industrial Centre, clip board in hand, at one of the many exhibitions he curates. At the very least you've received a facebook invite from him to attend Papergirl, The T-shirt show, The Bin R250 show, One night only and the like that /A WORD OF ART has had a hand in organizing. In short, Ricky Lee Gordon is an Artist, Creative director,Curator, Creative Activist and founder of /A WORD OF ART and Write on Africa but nobody can be summed up in a sentence so this is his story.

The second creche, Sivuyile, has been transformed thanks to Xanele Van Rensburg and Write on Africa's painting creches project. If you missed out on the first two painting days then the 31st of July is your chance to get stuck in and help brighten up...

We recently did a post on Xanele Van Rensburg and Write on Africa's latest initiative to paint creches. https://s3‑eu‑west‑2.amazonaws.com/10and5‑wp‑content/2010/06/write-on-africa-painting-creches/ The next paint day takes place this Saturday the 3rd of July. Please email Xanele at xvanrensburg@gmail.com with 'painting creches' as the subject of your mail if you'd...

painting creches 8 Write on Africa is a not for profit initiative managed by A Word of Art. Their aim is to bring about social change and urban rejuvenation through art in public spaces. Together with See-Saw-Do an initiative started by creative activist/artist/illustrator Xanele Van Rensburg, Write on Africa's latest project has been to paint creches. The first, Siyakhula creche in Kayamandi, was designed by Xanele Van Rensburg and completed on Saturday with the help of painting volunteers and paint sponsored by Plascon. The next creche to be painted has been designed by Linsey Levendall (Bison). Read more about the project at www.writeonafrica.org or visit their facebook page. Click through to see photos of the creche being transformed.
1000d You are invited to a spectacular night of art, music and loads of fun for a great cause! Click here to see the Facebook Invite. Don't miss 1000 Drawings, Cape Town When: 18h00 Thursday, 5th November 2009 (this week) Where: The Woodstock Industrial Centre, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock (There's plenty of safe parking) More info as you click through.

This Thursday it's another Sketch Away Thursday - the event that leads up to the Night Of 1000 Drawings. Check out the details below: 1000 drawings is a one night exhibition in November 2009 where A5 drawings donated by everybuddy are sold to the public to...

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