The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory Exhibition In South Africa From 6th April
Cartoon Network Africa has partnered with Cape Town’s First Thursdays cultural experience to run a month-long Powerpuff Girls art exhibition called “The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory”. The art exhibition will feature unique Powerpuff Girls screen-prints by ten of South Africa’s best artists and illustrators. The event will be held at 91 Loop in Cape Town and will run from Thursday 6th April to Tuesday 2nd May 2017. The artwork at the event will celebrate creativity, expression, empowerment and fun, which are traits The Powerpuff Girls are known for.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to buy and own a piece of Powerpuff Girls artwork which will help raise money for a good cause. The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory exhibition is also the first art gallery event ever held by Cartoon Network in Africa.
Artistic talent taking part in the event include: Tandiwe Tsabala, Ello Xray Eyez, Quondile Dlamini, Jade Klara, Tyla Mason, Ndumiso Nyoni, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Anja Nanna Venter, Kgabo Mametja and Jeanne Fourie.
Proceeds from artwork sales will be donated to Rock Girl – a local girl-led NGO (Non-Government Organisation) grassroots movement that advocates woman’s rights and also aims to reduce violence against woman and girls. Just like the Powerpuff Girls, the organisation’s volunteers are empowered to tackle the challenges in their lives. Rock Girl invests in girl-initiated and girl-focused projects in the private and public sectors, which also includes their “Safe Spaces” public art and education initiative. The initiative creates symbolic safe spaces in the form of specially designed benches in partnership with artists, designers and companies. Cartoon Network and Rock Girl will unveil the latest Safe Space bench at the art exhibition.
First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries stay open late on the first Thursday of every month, the event reaches out to the rest of the city’s community who don’t usually visit cultural places and events.
For those attending The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory exhibition on Thursday 6th April, attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in creating a unique Powerpuff Girl tote bag at the screen-printing bar.
From The Turner Africa/Burson-Marsteller Press Release: Powerpuff Girls African Art Factory celebrates creativity, expression, empowerment and fun!: Cartoon Network brings a unique Powerpuff Girls art exhibition, featuring 10 local artists and illustrators, to Cape Town from Thursday, 6 April 2017 to Tuesday, 2 May 2017.
Cartoon Network, South Africa’s leading pay-tv kids’ channel, is proud to announce another African first in partnership with the very successful free cultural experience, First Thursdays Cape Town. The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory is an innovative art exhibition that will do what the Powerpuff Girls do best – celebrate creativity, expression, empowerment and fun, while at the same time empowering young girls and giving back to the community with Rock Girl South Africa.
Featuring an exhibition of unique Powerpuff Girls screen-prints by 10 of South Africa’s best artists and illustrators, the event will take place at 91 Loop in Cape Town and run from Thursday, 6 April 2017 to Tuesday, 2 May 2017.
“The PPG Art Factory is not just about fun – proceeds raised from the sale of the artwork will be donated to Rock Girl South Africa, a local girl-led NGO that advocates for the rights of girls and women,” says Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Europe and Africa for Turner Africa.
Rock Girl is a grassroots movement that inspires, encourages, and invests in girl-initiated and girl-focused projects in the private and public sectors. The organisation seeks to reduce violence against women and girls through the creation of safe spaces.
“Girls who are part of Rock Girl are modern day adventurers, explorers, activists, and authors – telling their own stories and laying a strong foundation for their own futures,”adds India Baird, Rock Girl founder. “Just like the Powerpuff Girls, they have a ‘Power Pose’ that helps them prepare to take on the challenges in their lives.”
As part of the Safe Spaces public art and education initiative, Rock Girl creates symbolic safe spaces, in the form of beautiful benches, by partnering with artists, designers and corporates. Cartoon Network, in partnership with Rock Girl South Africa, will unveil the latest Safe Spaces bench at The PPG Art Factory which will form part of the innovative exhibition.
Some of the talented artists taking part at the PPG Art Factory include Tandiwe Tsabala, Ello Xray Eyez, Quondile Dlamini, Jade Klara, Tyla Mason, Ndumiso Nyoni, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Anja Nanna Venter, Kgabo Mametja and Jeanne Fourie.
“The local creative spirit in South Africa is phenomenal and this creativity is at the core of the PPG Art Factory and the Powerpuff Girls. We are exceptionally proud to be part of such an innovative undertaking,” says Branco.
Cartoon Network’s collaboration with First Thursdays Cape Town, a free cultural experience where art galleries stay open late on the first Thursday of every month, is another great initiative as it makes art accessible to everyone, and gives Powerpuff Girls fans an opportunity to own their own piece of bespoke PPG art.
Those attending The PPG Art Factory on Thursday 6 April 2017 will not only have the chance to view art, but will have the opportunity to participate in creating a one-of-a-kind Powerpuff Girl tote bag at the screen-printing bar, through this tactile hands-on experience.
“Turner is proud of our audience on the African continent and to show our commitment to Africa, Cartoon Network is investing in more local inspired initiatives, using some of Africa’s best and most inspiring talents,” concludes Branco. “The PPG Art Factory promises to be all that the Powerpuff Girls are – cool, fun, fierce and visually exciting, while teaching that you are enough to take on the world.”
About First Thursdays
First Thursdays is an after-hours public cultural experience centred around a walkable programme of art galleries and other cultural attractions that stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. Started in Cape Town in 2012 with a programme of only six listed galleries, it now includes over 50 official participants every month, attracting thousands of people into the streets of central Cape Town. First Thursdays in both Cape Town and Johannesburg is led by Thursdays Projects. The studio works on First Thursdays and other public cultural experiences like Museum Night and Thursday Late, while also producing content, graphic design, and other projects with partners and clients.
Find more information on First Thursdays at www.first-thursdays.co.za
About Rock Girl South Africa
Rock Girl was founded in Cape Town in 2010 because a group of young girls wanted a safe place at their school. The organisation has grown from strength to strength, providing after-school classes and camps for 300 girls in Manenberg from 2010 to present, installing 57 Safe Space benches in partnership with the arts and design community, successfully advocating for the construction of a 800-student school, and embarking on four Road Trips around South Africa to report back on the conditions of girls around the country. In 2016, Rock Girl launched BRAVE, a social enterprise that connects girls with the travel, tourism and design industries to create economic opportunities for girls.
For more information, please visit http://www.rockgirlsa.org.