If you’re planning to spend time in the Mother City over the summer season, chances are you’ll find yourself visiting the V&A Waterfront – and if you do, then you’ll surely notice what has to be the most extraordinary festive tree you might ever have seen…
Take a closer look and you’ll discover the bright and colourful ‘baubles’ are in actual fact portraits of children’s faces – and to be more specific, they are self-portraits created by Lalela’s very own young artists attending our after-school programme at Zeitz MOCAA.
Every year our friends the V&A Waterfront invite our learners to be part of the creative process that goes into their exquisite African-themed festive displays. This year was a little different in that our artists’ portraits are prominently featured on this beautiful tree that takes pride of place at the venue – the most-visited tourism destination in Cape Town!
For the Joy From Africa to the World project, we engaged children from three of the schools we work with in our Zeitz MOCAA classrooms – Prestwich Street Primary School, Harold Cressy and Salt River High School. Our art facilitators taught them how to draw a portrait, a first-time but hugely fun process.
Above: Our artists took great delight in finding themselves on the tree!
“It was a proud moment to take our learners to see their portraits printed big on the tree,” says Amy Cornfield, the Lalela Zeitz MOCAA Programme Manager. “A heartfelt thank you to the V&A Waterfront for this exciting opportunity to showcase and create awareness around the work we do.”