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The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department recently launched an emerging artists initiative aimed at assisting under-resourced artists. Part of the initiative aims to provide exhibition space and the first of these showcases takes place at the Art.b Gallery, inside the Bellville Library. Read more below:

The Summer Show Exhibition for emerging artists, currently on at the Art.b Gallery inside the Bellville Library, is an opportunity to showcase works by new and often under-resourced artists.

‘The City’s Arts and Culture Department recently launched this exciting new initiative that aims to assist emerging artists based in Cape Town by providing them with opportunities to build capacity and showcase their work,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The Emerging Artists Programme will focus primarily on artists who have not had the benefit of resources, training and exposure as a result of historic inequality, but aims to be inclusive in its scope and impact.

The Arts and Culture Department will partner with organisations and initiatives across the city to develop and activate the programme.‘For a city to thrive, participation in cultural activity is vital for social cohesion, community well-being, civic engagement, transferable skills development and economic growth. It also allows for personal and group expression and creates a sense of belonging,’ said Alderman Smith.

The opening of the new Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront has highlighted increasing global interest in African art and artists, while Cape Town’s visual arts ecosystem is benefiting from strong local training institutions, established and diversified art galleries, and annual events.

‘We have many talented artists and it remains a challenge for them to make a living from their work given the need for materials, exhibition and studio space, and access to training and development. These challenges are significantly greater for emerging artists and greater still for those from previously disadvantaged circumstances.

‘With this programme, the City aims to level the playing field somewhat. This is in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which was adopted by Council to ensure access and opportunities for all our residents,’ said Alderman Smith.

Residents are encourage to visit the Art.b Gallery to see the current exhibition of local emerging artists from now until Friday 5 January 2018.

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00. The gallery can be reached on 021 917 1197 for any queries.

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