Murals to depict life in Kewtown

The flats will receive some colourful murals done by some experienced artists.

Residents of flats in Kewtown can soon look forward to seeing colourful murals on their walls.

The community will have its say on what the murals should look like when the artists hold a workshop at the Athlone Stadium on Monday December 3.

The City of Cape Town’s arts and culture department, Athlone ward councillor Rashid Adams and ZAG Consultants are behind the project to do murals on four walls facing Klipfontein Road.

Well known mural artists Gary Frier, Grant Jurius, Roscoe Masters and Eugene Bezuidenhout will work on the murals, depicting aspects of the Athlone area, with eight artists recruited from the community. The eight neighbourhood artists will be interviewed by ZAG and selected according to their skills.

Mr Adams said the project had been in the pipeline for a while and he was glad it was finally happening.

“We have invited the people who live in those flats to participate in the workshop so that they are part of the discussion and able to tell us what they want painted on the wall.

“The eight artists will undergo interviews by ZAG and they will be chosen locally to give our people this opportunity. We had a public meeting and everyone is on board,” he said.

Resident Aziza Hendricks said everyone in the neighbourhood was eager to have their stories painted on the walls.

“No one has a problem with it; we all love the idea. There are many old people living here who have great stories that can be painted on the walls. It will be something nice to look at because it has been in discussion for a while,” she said.

The murals are expected to be finished in time for Christmas.