Category: Illustration

Antoinette Pienaar is a graphic designer based in Grahamstown who works under the umbrella of Woel Design.

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7 weird and wonderful things. Done by: Heather Cameron and Sarah Rose de Villiers

One can find many things at the Village Green. There’s food, clothing, accessories and even a rather pricey life-size beaded lion. The lion’s one of the many weird and wonderful things one can purchase at the market. Here’s an illustration of 7 such objects.

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The Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes exhibit showcases the winners of the international cartoon competition by displaying the artworks on a series of free-standing pillars. The thematically arranged exhibition was assembled by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. It celebrates cartoonists who have wielded their pens as weapons against censorship, oppression and controversy over the last 15 years.

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Cale Waddacor, a South African urban arts photographer and documentarian, is in town to discuss the role of urban art in public spaces in South Africa. (Photo:Abbey Hudson)

Graffiti isn’t just an outlet for delinquent youths who want to deface public spaces and get famous. This is what Cale Waddacor, one of the foremost urban documentarians in the country, told the audience attending the first day of Think!Fest.

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Simon Gush presents the reproduction of a red Mercedes Benz made for Nelson Mandela as part of his exhibition, Nine O’ Clock, at Fort Selwyn in Grahamstown on 3 July 2015, at the National Arts Festival. Simon Gush’s practice examines this subject of ‘work’. He has dealt with historical and contemporary questions of labour, looking at South African labour relations and Calvinist theory around labour and its ideology that links ‘work’ to being morally ‘good’. (Photo: CuePix/Mia van der Merwe).

The best thing about Simon Gush’s latest exhibition is that it’s not an overt attack on capitalism. Titled Nine O’Clock, this latest body of work is a reflection on labour and its changing meanings in contemporary South Africa.

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ECapeVizExhibit

The Eastern Cape Visual Arts Exhibition is a project of the Eastern Cape Department of Arts and Culture. The initiative seeks to showcase local artists at the National Arts Festival.

Everything on display at the exhibition is for sale and every cent will go to the artwork’s creator.

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tour

If a picture paints a thousand words then a virtual tour paints hundreds of thousands. Festival has so many arts exhibitions throughout Grahamstown, and many of them you won’t even see in the programme. One of these is AbaBhemu. This is an exhibition by 3 different Durban-based artists – each with his own unique style of art but all relating to the same concept.

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Walk into Sally Scott’s exhibition at the Johan Carinus Art Centre and you’d be forgiven for thinking that she was a photographer. The Grahamstown-based artist is better known for her intricately detailed textile works, but Scott brings picturesque scenes of lilies in water and the reflected clouds above to life with her deft use of chalk pastel and her perfectionist attention to detail. The soft hues of green and blue in her creations are vivid and realistic, sticking out boldly against the patches of white cloud.

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Rhino poaching is more than a conservation problem, it’s a battle against poverty and organised crime. A viable solution must  include law enforcement, education and debate, Julian Rademeyer said during his Think!Fest talk about his book, Killing for Profit.

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First you smell the dust. Then you breathe it. Descending into the darkness of the cavernous Monument basement, your eyes are immediately drawn to a crumbling trench, a wide-screen suspended above.

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