Wall a reflection of heritage

2015-07-29 06:00
CREATIVITY: The pair of Albert Nkosi and Mareka Mafarlane (right) painting their work on the concrete wall of the Lejweleputswa Arts Centre in Thabong on Monday, 20 July, as part of an initiative taken by local artists to support the 67 Minutes for M

CREATIVITY: The pair of Albert Nkosi and Mareka Mafarlane (right) painting their work on the concrete wall of the Lejweleputswa Arts Centre in Thabong on Monday, 20 July, as part of an initiative taken by local artists to support the 67 Minutes for M

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THE dull concrete wall that was erected to fence in the Lejweleputswa Arts Centre in Thabong, Welkom, sparkles these days with a fresh new look that displays an array of creative art. This, after a group of local artists and the centre’s management came together to paint the concrete wall.

The wall art initiative undertaken on Monday, 20 July, was part of the 67 Minutes for Mandela Day Campaign celebrating the late president’s legacy. The colourful work by various local artists has livened up the venue, making it one of the most attractive in the Welkom township of Thabong. With this artistic creativity on the concrete wall, the premises of this multi-purpose centre is a feast for the eyes.

Mpho Mogaecho, cultural facilitator at the centre, said the wall art initiative was aimed at promoting art as African heritage and encouraged artists’ participation to showcase their talent. “To complete the project, artists are welcome to make arrangements with us to design and paint their work,” Mogaecho said.

Through the collective wall art painting effort, a group of local artists have showcased their talent with colourful paintings of their artistic work, which also carry messages promoting the spirit of humanity, peace, love, hope and trust and tolerance.

African heritage is on display through various paintings and cultural and traditional products such as household items, clay pots and drinking cups. Paintings of the famous and trendy African hat (modiya-nyewe in Sotho) and the African traditional warrior shield with spear used by the various tribes of Africa during war (thebe le lerumo in Sotho) are also visible, adding flair to the concrete wall.

The wall art also serves as a platform for promoting the newly-founded artists body, the Cultural and Creative Industry Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA). Albert Nkosi is a member of this organisation, which, he says, aims to unite artists and serve as a voice for local artists in their fight for a common goal to uplift local artists

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