As part of the process toward drafting a Public Art Regulatory Framework, the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department, in partnership with the Lovell Gallery, will be hosting a public discussion that addresses the politics and practices around contemporary street art, on Wednesday 17 October 2012, 16:00 – 18:00 at the Lovell Gallery, 139 Albert Road, Woodstock. This will be followed by a film screening of a street art documentary.
The discussion will be chaired by Zayd Minty: Manager of the City’s Arts and Culture Department. Panelists include: Augustine Kofi (international street artist), Ricky-Lee Gordon (Word of Art), Farzanah Badsha (Creative Cape Town) and Roger van Wyk (Educentric cc). The forum invites a discussion around cultural processes and practices of street art.
Grant Pascoe, the Mayoral Committee member for the Tourism, Events and Marketing Directorate has the following to say : “The City of Cape Town is committed to enabling creativity in our city. The World Design Capital 2014 accolade is evidence of our growing stature as a cultural capital. The promotion of Public Art, including Street Art, is critical to a city with aspirations to foster creativity. For this reason we are pleased to have brought this forum of artists, industry leaders and cultural practitioners to discuss Public Art. This forum is part of the City’s ongoing attempts to nurture local art and artists, to beautify and enliven city spaces and to create an enabling environment for public art”.
The following issues will also be tabled for public discussion: Street Art in the Social and Political life of the City, Street Art as Fine Art – addressing street art as visual culture and Public / Street Art Policies both nationally and internationally.
To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Nikita Campbell: Nikita.Campbell@capetown.gov.za / 021 417 4095.