COMMUNITY ACTIVATION, INNOVATION & IMPACT INVESTMENT
Community Art and Industrial Design Commissions; Corporate and Social Enterprise Development Projects:
Social Impact through Creativity is what we are committed to - and always have been. Our projects date back to before the dawn of democracy in South Africa and have continued to today - through Covid-19 and lockdown. We work with global development agencies (British Council DICE) as well as local corporates (Hollard). We have won a BASA award for our work in innovation.
DICE 3D PRINT WORKSHOP APRIL 2021
For The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) in South Africa, and led by the faculty of the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, our most recent social creative entrepreneurial programme focused on 3D Print training for creatives.
The programme was held at The Makerspace at the Tshimologong Design Precinct, in parallel with other sessions in Cape Town and Durban.
WOMANDLACHALLENGE AUGUST 2020
A drive to raise funds for vulnerable women and children in the inner-city of Johannesburg, the #womandlachallenge brought together teams of inner city youth and creatives who created a mural - on the road and visible from above - and performed regularly throughout Women's Month 2020. The project leveraged off the #jerusalemachallenge phenomenon.
MASKS4GOOD LOCKDOWN 2020 TO 2021
For our partner community-based organisation, Masks4Good, we created fun workshops for learners in schools - primary school and creche, kids gathering outdoors for events (Youth Day, Women's Month), and even at community food kitchens.
We handed out 1000s of free masks, and at the workshops, sang songs about mask safety, and handed out fun worksheets in official languages.
INNERCITY AND TOWNSHIP CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS 2019 and 2020
As part of an integrated route to market for creative social entrepreneurs, Kathy established MUSEUMSTORE.AFRICA at the newly Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria. Integral to the offering is ongoing work with inner-city and township-based learners, and adults, with a focus on transferring functional skills and the production of craft, art and aesthetic items for sale in MuseumStore.Africa outlets - online and in situ.
With Covid-19, workshops were expanded to online, and in-situ workshops - for children and adults - in Soweto, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Inner city Johannesburg and included focus on protective wear - as www.masks4good.com - food distribution and community skills transfer and upliftment.
BRITISH COUNCIL DICE SOCIAL CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL ACCELERATOR 2019
A year-long initiative through 2019, for 120 creative social entrepreneurs, established and emerging - 60 from Langa township in Cape Town, and 60 from across Gauteng.
The team has retained contact, providing a rigorous but informal peer-learning platform.
TOWNSHIP MURAL PROJECT 1995
One of the first in a democratic South Africa in 1995, creating a precedent for commissioning local talent in creating environmental design - in this case, murals, for Yo-TV. Some murals still exist two decades later.
WEEKLY MAIL FILM FESTIVAL 1986 onwards
When there was no opportunity for South Africans to mix, to understand what was happening to fellow South Africans - in townships, in exile, in the suburbs, the Weekly Mail Film Festival provided a mirror to our society. Kathy was founder / curator.
Each year, a different acclaimed artist designed the poster for the festival: William Kentridge; Penny Siopis and Steven Cohen were commissioned.