Stories of Rain - Global Nomadic Art Project, Educational Tour
An educational journey presented by the Outreach Foundation Boitumelo Project
From Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to Cape Town.
8 September - 6 October 2016
“Rock Art is stories that float from afar, and voices from our past." ( //Kabbo’s words 1870 - From Claim to the Country - the archive of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd. Pippa Skotnes)
The Outreach Foundation Boitumelo Project is embarking on a journey across South Africa with the inner city youth of Johannesburg, engaging in a dialogue on their cultural and natural heritage with their rural counterparts through skills exchange, creative development and conversation.
While promoting the endeavour of land and nature art within a global context, participants are presented with the opportunity to meet local, national and international artists - coming together to engage creatively with the natural beauty and cultural diversity of South Africa.
The sensitisation of participants to the plight of our environment whilst introducing local artists and art educators to the creative potential of South Africa’s natural spaces, offers insight into eco- and cultural tourism as viable economic alternatives.
The journey aims to build bridges and encourage understanding across communities living with different environmental and economic realities. The stories and experiences gathered offer an enriching conversation inspired by national and international perspectives.
The end result is a book entitled ‘Stories of Rain’, aimed at encouraging a conversation amongst teachers and learners on the rich natural and cultural heritage of South Africa, and the potential it offers for constructive creative engagement.
The rain does as follows,
Where they kill the water-bull.
There the rain runs along the ground.
Then the wild onions leaves sprout for the people,…
The medicine men really seem to have
Their hands upon the rain-bull
For you see that the rain clouds come gliding along
(Dia!kwain 1870. From Claim to the Country - the archive of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd. Pippa Skotnes)
Erica Lüttich and facilitators from the Boitumelo Project are leading a multi-disciplinary team from the Hillbrow Outreach Foundation in a series of creative workshops and initiating local events along the way, facilitating local artist participation. These events include a visit to Maropeng with Anthony Paton, a land art day at the Credo Mutwa Park in Soweto including an Ubuhle Bobuntu Art Show and a public workshop as well as workshops along the route in De Aar, Richmond, Loxton, Natures Valley, Matjiesfontein, Prins Albert and Cape Town. Their tour ends in Cape Town with a symposium and one-night exhibition on 5 & 6 October 2016. The team includes:
- Erica Lüttich
- Phindulo Muzhambi
- Chesney Lupton
- Thabang Selai
- Simpiwe Sibisi
- Zimnande Reshipile
- Thandi Mke
- Thuli Maseko
- Tshepo Ntuka
- Assanda Jeje
The Outreach Foundation Boitumelo Project ‘Stories of Rain’ Educational Tour is sponsored by the National Lotteries Commission and the Rand Merchant Bank.
To find out more about the Outreach Foundation Boitumelo project, please visit outreachfoundation.co.za and follow their project at facebook.com/BoitumeloProject. For more information contact Erica Lüttich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow #GNAP2016 #StoriesOfRain at facebook.com/stories.of.rain “Stories of Rain – Global Nomadic Art Project South Africa 2016” and sitespecific.org.za/global-nomadic-art-project “Global Nomadic Art Project | Site_Specific”.
Earlier this year the Boitumelo Project travelled to Loxton to help build Site_Specific's second permanent Karoo geoglyph, the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path.