Wide Open Walls


Artist: Remed Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Artist: Remed Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Artist: Remed Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Artist: Freddy Sam Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Aritst: Freddy Sam Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Artist: TIKA  Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Artist: TIKA  Photo: Jonx Pillemer

We featured Ricky Lee Gordon (a.k.a) Freddy Sam a while ago, and this time he’s collaborated with Wide Open Walls on a beautiful community mural project in Gambia where they turned villages into a living art project. Here’s a bit of info on this fantastic project:

Wide Open Walls was founded by Lawrence Williams, one of the owners of Makasutu, a conservation project home to a set of magnificent river lodges at Mandina in The Gambia, West Africa. Lawrence, a keen artist, has been working with local artists on a project called Bushdwellers for a number of years and has always wanted to expand the project into something more, something lasting that could both function as a valid art installation in itself and at the same time promote The Gambia as a tourist destination.

The basic idea was to turn villages in the area (falling under the Ballabu Conservation Project) into a living art project. This year saw the first time collaboration between Wide Open Walls and Write on Africa, a South African based organization started by Ricky Lee Gordon (a.k.a Freddy Sam). “Write On Africa” is a community art project based in Cape Town South Africa. Its main focus being to encourage inspiration and urban rejuvenation through special events, initiatives and art in public space to “inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change”.

WOW 2011’s street artists were selected not only for their suitable styles but also for their approach and attitude towards making and sharing art. The lineup included Bushdwellers (The Gambia), ROA (Belgium), Know Hope (Israel), Remed (Madrid), TIKA (Switzerland), Freddy Sam (SA), Selah (SA), and Best Ever (UK). The immediate goals of the project were to create connections between the street artists and the communities through mural painting, art workshops and extended interventions. Art supplies were provided to children of various villages, and a dilapidated classroom was refurbished by Freddy Sam and community members, creating a colourful space for children to use as a crèche and a classroom. South African photographer, Jonx Pillemer and filmmaker Rowan Pybus were there to capture the two week long project, spending ample time with community members and the street artists reflecting on the interactions and friendships formed during the collaborative creative processes.”

Join the Wide Open Walls Facebook page here.  Or check out the Wide Open Walls website to see the rest of the murals.

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