Art is all around us. It’s in nature, in our minds, and on our streets. A common misconception is that someone can’t be an artist unless they have formal training in a classroom setting. However, in South Africa, there are many people bursting with creativity, but few accessible resources when it comes to “learning” how to do art. That’s why so many young South Africans have turned to street art as a way to express themselves and show off their talent.
Street art has existed for many years and can be found in cities across the world. This blend of art and culture is displayed in public places like sidewalks and exterior building walls. The beauty of street art is that it can be anything. There are no rules or regulations when it comes to art that is “worthy” enough to be displayed to the public.
There are no rules or regulations when it comes to art that is “worthy” enough to be displayed to the public
Despite the beauty of street art, many South Africans dismiss it as a hobby, while others turn their nose up at what they call “vandalism.” The reality is that not all art is in a gallery. More people around the world are embracing street art because it allows them to express their creativity and tell a story with no limitations. However, not only is street art true art, but it is also a lucrative career for many artists. Many businesses and organisations pay street artists a generous commission to paint designs, logos, and murals.
At Tholispani.Space, we support street artists all around South Africa who are living out their passion. The South African streets are overflowing with creative, talented, inspirational young people. We believe that the youth of South Africa have the power to inspire positive change in their communities and we are proud to be a part of that movement.
If you’re a creative and talented person who doesn’t want to be stuck in a 9-5 job, then street art may be your calling.