Call for Artists: Langa Quarter Public Art Competition


Dear Creatives !

You are invited to partake in the inaugural annual public art competition, using the power of public art to add life to nondescript parts of the city. We are looking for the best artists to assist in the transformation of the Langa Quarter located in the geographic centre of Cape Town.

The artists will all be required to paint a section of the wall outside Langa Stadium, and the best artwork will be awarded a grand prize.

Only 17 artists will be chosen by the curatorial panel. The whole wall will be divided into 17 pieces. Artists are free to apply as a collective or as an individual.

All participants will be given

  •  A 2m X 3m sized panel of wall to paint on
  • Limited amount of spray paint
  • 3 days to finish the artwork


  • Painting to take place weekends of 14- 16 or 20-23 December (however alternative dates can be negotiated)
  • All paintings done before the 24th December
  • Judging takes place and winner announced on the 24th December

Curatorial panel includes Creative Nestlings, Langa Stadium Forum members and representatives of Langa residents.

Final judging will be open to public vote, in the form of a ballot box at the stadium.

R6000 in cash money + permission to paint another wall in Langa + 1 commissioned wall in Cape Town CBD.

To enter:
Submit a proposed sketch no later than 11 December 2013.

Chosen participants will be informed on the 12-13 December 2013.

About Langa Quarter Precinct One
Langa Precinct One is an ambitious vision of developing a section in Langa into a cultural quarter that celebrates the history of black urban population to residents and tourists. In the form of helping uplift the standards of existing local business and creating employment and exposing local treasures to a broader market. The project is initiated by a local NGO based in the area called Ikhaya le Langa.

 Some Facts on Langa

  • Langa is the oldest inhabited black suburb in Cape Town. The first buildings were established in 1898 on land known as Langalibalele’s Location
  • Langalibalele, a chief and renowned rainmaker, was imprisoned in 1873 on Robben Island for rebelling against the Natal government and was confined after his release to a farm (Uitvlugt) on the site of present-day Pinelands. The name Langa, which also means ‘sun’ in Xhosa, commemorates this folk hero.
  • Langa is home to many celebrated people including the  late musician Brenda Fassie, former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Mngomeni, boxer Nika Khumalo, and South African wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile to name a few.

This project is in association with Creative Nestlings and Cape Town Partnership



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