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Emerging Artists - Mural design competition

A group of emerging artists now have their work on display at the City’s Manenberg Contact Centre. The City of Cape Town formally unveiled the series of murals in Manenberg, signaling the completion of a mural design competition launched late in 2019.

Five amateur artists were selected to put their work on the wall of the City’s Manenberg Contact Centre in Vygieskraal Road.

The group – all female – completed their murals over a seven-day period in August last year.

‘This is such an exciting conclusion to an amazing process for the artists, but also the City. For many of them, it was the first time working on this scale, and I have no doubt that the experience will unlock further opportunities for them. As the City, we have placed on record numerous times the benefit of art to communities. Not only have we transformed a concrete wall into a vibrant canvas, which is pleasing to the eye, but I hope too that it will inspire those within the community to pursue their own artistic ambitions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

The group of artists who participated in the Manenberg project are:
• Crystaal MC Jordaan (27), from Edgemead
• Dana Petersen (23), from Edgemead
• Diane Webb (58) from the CBD
• Lambi Chibambo aka Lamb of Lemila (27) from Bellville
• Melany Jane Hodgson (29) from Milnerton

‘This project comes on the heels of other mural work commissioned by the City in Gugulethu, Dunoon and in the CBD. There are many other viable spaces that could benefit from similar initiatives, and we will continue to drive initiatives such as these, which help take art to our communities and make it accessible to all, but also give both established and up and coming artists a platform,’ added Councillor Badroodien.

WHERE: Manenberg Contact Centre, Vygieskraal Road, Manenberg, Cape Town, 7767
One of Cape Town’s few 4-star rated ‘green’ buildings is, surprisingly, a public municipal facility. The Manenberg Human Settlements Contact Centre has contributed positively both to the built landscape and to the social cohesion of a fragmented community.

See also Cape Town Green Map