Art celebrated with walk

2019-05-14 06:00
A member of Intle Art during the Harbour Art Walk.

A member of Intle Art during the Harbour Art Walk.

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The second Harbour Art Walk event hosted at the Harvest Centre, in Harbour Road, Hout Bay, on Saturday 27 April was a success and the organisers are aiming for a regular monthly event.

The episode is collaboratively hosted by the galleries, artists, craftspeople and vendors of the Harvest Centre and the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, and is coordinated by the Intle Art Community Youth Project.

Intle helps aspiring and disadvantaged young artists in Hout Bay to develop artistic and entrepreneurial skills by producing artworks for sale. Starting as a Saturday morning initiative to satisfy the desire of a handful of children from Imizamo Yethu to learn to draw, Intle has grown from strength to strength and become a huge hit among the teenagers

A couple of learners from Imizamo Yethu asked their literacy teacher if she knew anyone who could teach them to draw and Intle Art Club was born. Everyone is welcome to join the club. Participants are aged between 12 and 19.

Founder Jenny McKay says the purpose of the Harbour Art Walk is to raise awareness of the amazing local art and craft produced in Hout Bay, and to help raise funds and support for non-profit and community development projects including Intle Art, Workspace, the Harvest Youth Project and the Hout Bay Social Pottery Initiative, among others.

“We have the most incredible cultural vibe and unique galleries down at the harbour – the more interest we can generate to draw people, the more our local community upliftment initiatives ultimately benefit alongside the growth of the local businesses involved,” she says.

McKay says, given the success of the first two events, they are now preparing to embark upon the hunt for sponsors to enable them to maximise the opportunity to turn the event into something that attracts people far and wide.

“This event offers people an opportunity not only to peruse art galleries, but to experience the working space and studios of local artists and craftspeople, and to participate in the artistic process,” she says.

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