The City of Cape Town Sponsorship

Cape Town is a city with an abundance of talent in many aspects and fields. It is also a place with a wealth of undiscovered talent.

In the arts space, there are many young and emerging artists looking to break into the mainstream and forge a name for themselves.

With its rich heritage, diverse cultures and breath-taking natural beauty, Cape Town can be the perfect breeding place for these promising artists.

It is also important because they are telling stories of their communities, places which are often forgotten and lagging behind when it comes to development.

Through the annual Festive Lights Art Challenge, the City of Cape Town’s Events Department sought to provide a platform for these budding visual artists where they can showcase their work.

More than 500 submissions were received in the second annual Festive Lights Art Challenge in December 2018 and were put up for display at an open exhibition in the Civic Centre concourse for a month until mid-January.

A total of 42 illustrations were selected as winners.

Now the Investec Cape Town Art Fair has partnered with the City of Cape Town to provide an online platform where the work of the pupils from 11 schools from across Cape Town can have a home.

The following schools participated in the competition:

  • Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-School
  • iThemba Primary School
  • Jan van Riebeek Laerskool
  • Liesbeeck Primary School
  • Luzuko Primary School
  • Mseki Primary School
  • Oakhurst Girls’ Primary School
  • Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School
  • Rustenburg Girls’ Primary School
  • St Cyprian’s School
  • Willows Primary School

As an opportunity city and an administration which prides itself in inclusion, the City of Cape Town is looking to create a space where we nurture these upcoming artists from across the city to take their careers in the industry to next level.

The Festive Lights Art Challenge is just one of many programmes the City of Cape Town has to promote the arts especially the development of young upcoming artists.

This includes grants-in-aid worth millions to support specific programmes which focus on the youth, gender, vulnerable groups, heritage and culture.

In late 2017 the City’s Arts and Culture Department also launched the The Emerging Artists Programme aimed at assisting under-resourced artists by provide exhibition space at city owned buildings.

A similar project was launched by the City through the Mayor’s Office in partnership with Artscape to provide a platform for emerging visual artists to display their artwork. Some of those artists also had an opportunity to showcase their work at the City’s First Thursday event in October 2017.

In addition, the City collaborated with professional artists from around the City and aspiring artists from Athlone to paint the painting of four ground-to-roof wall murals at the City owned flats in Athlone.

The project will expand to other areas and the City will look to involve more upcoming artists.

The City is always looking to support projects that seek to bring access to the arts to audiences who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

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