Mural to break down barriers

2019-02-14 06:01
An artist puts the finishing touches to the newly painted Bertha Centre wall.

An artist puts the finishing touches to the newly painted Bertha Centre wall.

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UCT’s Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre put together a group of local artists from different organisations to meet the needs of the community of Philippi for two weeks in January.

These artists were challenged to create a storytelling mural on the walls of the Bertha Centre to give life to their premises.

They created over 200 stories through writing, drawing, song and the spoken word, all designed into a mural for the wall, including the fictional character of Thembi, a woman who tells all about the life of an ordinary resident of Phillipi.

The centre provides space to various businesses, which all focus on encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth.

There are currently up to seven different members operating from the centre.

According to a Philippi resident, Vanessa Manyisane, research was conducted and the community indicated that they wanted to see more colourful artwork.

She says it was good to see diverse talent put together, sharing the same vision.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) came up with the idea of building a wall around the premises, which, according to Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, the interim director at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is aimed at providing security for the tenants in these premises.

“We want to have a trust-based relationship with the community, especially our immediate neighbours, as that relationship impacts the success of what we do inside the village and this project has taken us a little closer towards this goal – even though challenges still exist. Through the building of the wall and the mural project, we have had a chance to discover each other and work in unity.” says Makalima-Ngewana.

“We’ve been exploring ways to break down the barriers between Philippi Village and the communities it wants to serve,” added William George, a representative of the Philippi Village Board.

Chad Hanning from Kensington was the facilitator and he said it was “awesome” to be part of giving back to the community and getting to learn about the issues affecting people from outside communities.

UCT’s Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre put together a group of local artists from different organisations to meet the needs of the community of Philippi from Tuesday 8 to Monday 21 January.

These artists were challenged to create a storytelling mural on the walls of the Bertha Centre to give life to their premises. They created over 200 stories through writing, drawing, song and spoken word, all co-designed into a mural for the wall, including the fictional character of Thembi, a woman who tells all about the life of an ordinary resident of Phillipi.

This centre provides space to various businesses, which all focus on encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth. There are currently up to seven different members operating from the centre.

Philippi resident, Vanessa Manyisane says it was good to see diverse talent put together, sharing the same vision.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) came up with the idea of building a wall around the premises, which according to Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, the interim director at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is aimed at providing security for the tenants in these premises.

“We want to have a trust-based relationship with the community, especially our immediate neighbours, as that relationship impacts the success of what we do inside the village and this project has taken us a little closer towards this goal – even though challenges still exist. Through the building of the wall and the mural project that emerged, we have had a chance to discover each other and work in unity.” says Makalima-Ngewana.

“We’ve been exploring ways to break down the barriers between Philippi Village and the communities it wants to serve,” adds William George, a representative of the Philippi Village Board.

Chad Hanning from Kensington was the facilitator and he says it was “awesome” to be part of giving back to the community and getting to learn about the issues affecting people from outside his communities.

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