Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour – using art as a platform to activate change in our communities!

Pam on the Woodstock Art Tour

Pam loving the Street Art Tour in Woodstock

In 2010 a street artist called Freddy Sam started a street art revolution in Woodstock. He started by asking residents if they would allow him to paint on open walls – showing them the art before painting and getting their permission first.

This has inspired other local and international artists to come and work in the area. From his shop at the Woodstock Exchange you can now book for a walking art tour of the neighbourhood to see 40 artworks. The cost is R150 pps and the money goes directly to the artist that you walk with. To book contact Elmarie at A Word of Art: elmarie@a-word-of-art.co.za or +27- 21 447 3994.  Alternatively you can also book directly with one of the street artists who works with Freddy Sam – Juma.  Juma has tried to expand the art activism as a platform for inspiration and change into one of the biggest Cape Townships – Khayelitsha.  He soon learned that in order to work with the community – he needed to become part of it.  As such he has now moved to the area.  Juma is a qualified tour guide and runs art tours in Woodstock as well as in Khayalitsha township.  He can be contacted on 073 400 4064 or juma.mkwela@gmail.com

I absolutely loved the walking tour. Note that it is a rough area – as such it was such a wonderful treat to have Juma with us!  The whole community know him and everyone sitting outside their homes wanted to say hi to Juma – so we got to chat to half the community – great fun!  We met the locals, the gangsters (Juma advised that people don’t sh** where they sleep!), the police who stopped to say hi, the criminal in the police’s backseat in handcuffs who also smiled and said hi and lots of kids who were playing in the street under the eyes of the community.

Woodstock is an area in transition – the lower part has always been poorer and rougher – but with absolutely fabulous architecture.   With the gentrification of our city – the rentals increased and as such the artists could not afford to stay there.   Among the first to move into Woodstock were the Cape’s two top contemporary art galleries – Michael Stevenson and the Goodman Gallery.  This has been followed by a variety of artistic ventures opening up in the area and renovating the buildings they have moved into beautifully.  Woodstock is worth a long a ramble – on a weekday and on a Saturday.  Not much happens there on a Sunday!

For more information on the artists and the artworks check out the  A Word of Art Webiste by clicking here 

Woodstock Art Tour with our wonderful guide Juma

Woodstock Art Tour with our wonderful guide Juma

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Not really part of the art tour – but a fab picture that shows a man having a nap in front of some graffiti! The area is rough!

Pammy with Woodstock Baby!

Her Grandaddy offered to let me have her! Too cute! Fab to meet and chat to the locals!

Gangster Nonnie in Woodstock!

We met one of the local gangsters who had only been out of prison for three weeks! He posed for me and when I asked if it was ok to put him on my website – he said – “Lady I am a naughty boy – I have just gotten out of jail!” It was great fun to chat to Nonnie too!

The back entrance to the Woodstock Exchange

The last “street art” work at the back entrance to the Woodstock Exchange. The Woodstock Exchange is an entire art journey in itself!

Artwork of man with wild cat!

I love this one! I definitely think he is being eaten

Woodstock man in front of funky striped wall

I love that every piece of artwork has been approved by the owners of the walls! Here a man proudly sits in front of his funkily painted wall

Woodstock kids hanging out

Woodstock kids hanging out

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The tour was a birthday gift for my friend Mark who is an artist who lives in Oman!

The streets of Woodstock!

The streets of Woodstock – just to give you an idea of how the art lifts the area!

Rhino 1

A common theme in the art was the Rhino’s – with so much carnage going on in Africa, the next generation may never get to see one

More Nonni

We had long chats with Gangster Nonni!

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Great to see art being used to spread the conservation message

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Rough next to the house where we met Nonnie!

Zebra Man!

Awesome picture – so sad that there was a shadow on the building when I was there!

Save the Rhino Funky Chic

Save the Rhino Funky Chic – absolutely love her!

House fully painted with art in Woodstock

Who needs to paint your home when you can get a fabulous artist to decorate it!

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One Response to Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour – using art as a platform to activate change in our communities!

  1. Regina says:

    Wow! Pam, what a great post and stunning images! I would love to see this part of Cape Town, too. Will get in touch and get a guided tour with you – again! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing:-)

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