Sports and Cultural Tour – Visual Arts

On May 4th, 2012, posted in: Academic, Competition, Visual Arts by

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Early on Thursday morning, the 26th of April, a crowd assembled at Cape Town International Airport, of which only four were art students. We were apprehensive about what would happen because this was the first year that the visual arts was included in the All Girls Festival, which was being held at Potchefstroom Girls High School.

It turned out that we had a full schedule ahead of us, as we were occupied from eight until five on both Friday and Saturday. We were lucky enough to be introduced to a new concept in the engineering faculty at the local university where we learned about laser cutting and saw this in action. We were also involved in workshops with various local artists who were informative and encouraging, and inspired us to move out of our comfort zones and produce more expressive artworks. Other aspects of the program involved visiting local galleries, a picnic in the botanical gardens, and the privilege of viewing Roger Ballen’s Playpen photographic exhibition at the university, which provoked thought and was very moving to all the students in the group. Once again, it exposed us to a different aspect of art. We even had a Skype workshop with an Irish artist named John Beattie.

All in all, it was a worthwhile and unforgettable tour and it left us with experiences which we definitely won’t leave on tour.

Carla Phillips made Wynberg proud by coming second out of all the art girls and she received a hamper full of art goodies which she will put to good use.

Thank you to all who made this tour possible, and to Mrs Harding for supervising and looking after the four of us for the duration of the tour.


Jessica Hawkridge, Nicole Winter, Carla Phillips and Emma Blencowe.