Deconstructing Siemon Allen’s Stamp V on show at JCAF until early November

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Siemon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 All four of the Otherscapes installations at JCAF are intriguing and through-provoking.  But for me the initial visual impact of Seimon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 was the most powerful. From afar this installation reads as some huge, abstract, gridded colour-field painting. As one goes closer the miniature images, comprising over […]

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Musings on the sway of social media

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Urban renewal  My last blog was about the vision and commitment of artists, cultural activists and entrepreneurs who, against all odds, initiate, develop and sustain small pockets of creativity and inner-city upliftment. These energizing, exciting and inspiring initiatives could and should serve as fine examples for policy makers in local government. Berating Johannesburg’s 21stCentury policy […]

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Craighall Park: Community and Connection

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Creating community: Craighall Park  Guests comment continually about the how conveniently located Liz at Lancaster is and I have written often about how central Craighall Park is in Johannesburg and within the Parks area. Surrounded by green lung spaces, with neighbourhood shops and restaurants, sports facilities and two high-end malls close by, it really has […]

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Silver linings

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Remember, remember the 5th December  Whereas the old English nursery rhyme (referring to the attempted overthrow of  the English Parliament on 5th November 1605), continues with “the Gunpowder Treason, and Plot’, our local 21st century ditty should rather continue “Giant Hailstones, Pelting Rain and a Gale”.  The force of nature was unleashed on parts of […]

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