I am an artist based in Cape Town. I am currently doing my Postgraduate studies in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town looking at the intersection between art and religion, focusing on practical and material ways of making meaning.
I am an admin and managerial assistant at Our Workshop, a community based art and design NPO workshop in Langa Township.
Emily! That's very funny, don't know why my brain just went to SA, perhaps also because of your surname! Also looking over your proposal now, I didn't actually look at it. I think I may have actually just associated you with a different, local proposal! Oops! Too many tabs open!
We have encountered some difficulty in getting people into the space, simply because Guga S'Thebe the government-run cultural center in which we are based is often avoided by locals because its where all the tourists go! However, we have found that putting up actual posters in the spaza shops near us has helped a lot. Townships in South Africa are community based, people know their neighbours and people chat. Word of mouth has actually been our best way of publicising!! Yes, as with your idea, is it difficult to plan for numbers, we have prepped for workshops and put all our resourcecs in and then only a few people com, but it definitely gets better as Our Workshop has become more of a familiar name. I think finding methods of communication that are specifically used in your context is the best way to go - for us its whatsapp and word of mouth!
Thanks for the message, and sorry about the confusion!! Haha!
Thank you! Yes, we are focusing on sharing design processes in pdf format over whatsapp which we have found to be the best way to communicate in South Africa. I look forward to sharing our design processes too!