Baz-Art x Lalela collab at Philippi Village

December 17, 2021

For learners signed up to Lalela’s after-school programme at Philippi Village, 2021 could not have ended off on a greater high!

Lalela Philippi Village art facilitator Chuma Nozewu writes about our epic holiday programme, which saw our young artists contributing to the painting of powerful murals on the pillars surrounding the sports arena…

In the short period since Lalela’s programme was introduced at Philippi Village, we’ve been fortunate to have participated in a number of exciting projects that have been fun for the learners while also helping to draw attention to our presence within the community and to the impactful workshops we host.

A collaboration with urban art organization Baz-Art and Philippi Village was our last project for 2021, coinciding with Lalela’s year-end holiday programme. To say the children’s faces were “lit” with excitement at this opportunity to work alongside top local mural artists is an understatement!

The first phase of the project consisted of a series of workshops for the learners provided by the Baz-Art team. These workshops contributed to the creation of positive-messaging inspired murals on the 13 pillars that surround the sports arena at Philippi Village.

In the workshops, the children were invited to share their experiences of life during the pandemic and lockdown periods, and how they kept themselves positive and motivated during these trying times. They drew and designed positively motivated messages focused on elements of Covid-19 prevention and community action.

The learners were then tasked with creating their own artworks on canvas, linked to and inspired by the activities taking place over the mural-production phase. Their work focused mainly on the elements of art such as shape, colour and pattern, with the finished pieces all creatively executed.

Then came the phase of working collaboratively on the design of the final mural for the pillar assigned to Lalela. Excitingly, our learners’ artwork would go up alongside the pillars showcasing murals produced by the professional local artists, Dbongz Mahlati and Dekor One.

The theme that we focused on was “Rebuilding” our Nation. We wanted to show how we as Lalela are using the tools and skills we have acquired from the Lalela workshops to create a motivational piece of artwork that tells a story of how we are slowly but surely picking ourselves up and encouraging others not to give in to the unfortunate circumstances we are still faced with today.

The resulting artwork on our Lalela pillar depicts children taking charge in rebuilding the nation with colourful building blocks of all shapes and sizes. These blocks represent the diversity and multifaceted nature of how the community managed to thrive in these trying times.

Below: The completed mural lovingly worked on by Lalela artists at our Philippi Village programme

It is also with great pride that I highlight how the Lalela workshops (among other activities offered at Philippi Village) played an important role in keeping the youth distracted from the negative elements presented by the lockdown while concurrently assisting our learners with maintaining focus on their academics and keeping their creative cells energized.

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to conclude the year. We are proud of what our children achieved, despite the challenges presented by the fourth wave of the Pandemic doing its round over this particular period. We hope to see more collaborative partnerships such as this, which expose less privileged children to skills and opportunities that they would not otherwise experience.

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