Salt River Safe Space

We were invited to take part in the Cape Town International Public Arts Festival in early 2020. We did what we do best, involve the community on a whole new level! Working in collaboration with UNICEF SA, Progress London, BAZ-Art and Rainbow Warriors International we helped the community to create a beautiful safe space and educational food garden. The art workshops we facilitated resulted in the community created murals that now adorn the walls.

The children painted larger-than-life self portraits and, of course, flowers in the garden.


Uninhibitedness: A Celebration of Children’s Art

We truly believe that children are the best artists. In 2019, we hosted an exhibition of children’s art in Woodstock. These unique paintings were created by children from many different communities throughout South Africa and showcase the raw creativity that flows freely within the youth, their “uninhibitedness”.

Pictured above is a canvas workshop that we hosted with the children of Gabis, on the Namibian border.


Flowers for Africa

Everyone is capable of creating beauty in their surroundings. Our offering is to help build confidence in children from communities throughout Africa.
Through high levels of engagement, our workshops are structured in a way that the participants become the stars of the show 

Flowers for Africa is our most simple and effective mural workshop that was formulated specifically for children from communities in need of development.

During our Flowers for Motherwell Project, over 200 children painted a flower bigger than themselves on a wall within their community. Inspired by the beautiful murals done by their own children, the community built a soup kitchen/ art studio and gallery for the children. There is now a tour of the murals, other local artists and attractions for tourists. The proceeds from the tours go to the soup-kitchen and art materials for the children. Volunteers help to sustain the now community-run workshops and the flowers continue to be painted, sustainably.

Project Surf Art Love

This project combined our two favourite things, SURFING and ART! In Jefferys Bay, we hosted art workshops with local kids and used the funds generated from their artwork sales to buy surf equipment for them to get some epic saltwater therapy.

Animals in the Aloes

Project: Animals in the Aloes
Location: South Africa, Port Elizabeth (Aloes)
Organization: art2uplift.org
Year: 2016

Animal imagery is especially meaningful for the Aloes community who traces their roots back to the San people. This area, which was once teeming with animal life, has now been encroached on by industry. With some inspiration from the elders, each child painted a huge animal on their house.

Aspiring

Location: Turkey
Organization: Karam Foundation for Syrian refugee children
Year: 2015

The Karam foundation education programs are dedicated to operating in schools for Syrian refugee children. The program usually involves up to 40 mentors providing about 500 kids with all sorts of workshops and activities. The idea for the mural was for each colourful ribbon to represent a specific theme that the school and the children aspire towards. The children filled the ribbons in with pictures and messages that best represent themes such as education, hope, gratitude and creativity.


A Safe Place

Location: Goma, DRC
Organization: War Child, together with APTart
Year: 2013

In M23 rebel territory, War Child built safe places for children who had been displaced by the conflict in the DRC. Luc, as part of APTart, worked with these children to paint the walls of their new home. The colourful murals in the middle of the conflict area directed lost children towards these safe places and deterred people from fighting in the area.

Spraying Away Theft

Location: Goma, DRC
Organization: War Child, together with APTart
Year: 2013

With a group of orphans from Goma, Luc and the children spray painted the War Child 4×4 vehicles in colourful patterns, as theft of the vehicles was a major problem and the cheerful paint jobs acted as a deterrent.

Closing the Gap

Location: Kinshasa, DRC
Organization: War Child, together with APTart
Year: 2013

In Kinshasa, Luc headed a therapeutic mural with street girls. The purpose was to give them a voice so that they could close the gap between themselves and the people of the city. The girls painted positive
messages directed to the public on the wall of a convent orphanage.

Hygiene Hands

Location: Zaatari Syrian refugee camp, Jordan
Organization: ACTED, together with APTart
Year: 2013-2015

An educational and interactive mural project headed by Luc, the children learnt about the importance of washing their hands. They painted scary monster germs being washed away by soap and water.

Educating

Location: Zaatari Syrian refugee camp, Jordan
Organization: ACTED, together with APTart
Year: 2013-2015

In the camp as well as bordering towns Luc led a team of educators with the purpose to educate the children and communities on hygiene, water conservation and the importance of school. Murals were also painted to alleviate racial tension and to bring positivity to the atmosphere.

From Sad to Happy

Location: Zaatari Syrian refugee camp, Jordan
Organization: ACTED, together with APTart
Year: 2013-2015

Here the children came up with their own heart-warming solutions to changing the harsh looking atmosphere at the entrance of the camp. They painted smiling self-portraits, bigger than life on a wall. And wrote “The Children Of the Camp Welcome You”

Creating a Home

Location: Gabies Namaqualand, Namibia
Organization: Sisters of St Frances de Sale, Catholic Convent schools
Year: 2015

The schools educate and house approximately 130 children who otherwise would not have the privilege of going to school. The children paint their own dormitories to improve their depressing atmosphere. The girls painted flowers and the boys painted stars. Most of them had never touched a paintbrush before and are now confident little artists.