Bellville Library
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The Bellville Library took on a new role recently as a gallery, where a visual feast of special up-cycled artworks from young creatives took centre stage:


Bellville, South Africa (10 January 2024) — The Bellville Library transformed into a gallery at the end of November after opening its doors for a special kind of exhibition.

Taking the fun explored during the holidays as part of the Climate Change School Holiday Programme (run by the Greater Tygerberg Partnership), the Waste-to-Art Exhibition is the byproduct of young minds and waste put to creative use.

A visual feast, attendees were able to take in an array of up-cycled artworks, like bottles turned into toys as well as other nature-conscious pieces from budding photographers and even blossoming botanists.

Behind the works are young creatives, aged 14-18. Twenty youngsters were part of the Climate Change School Holiday Programme, which included an array of activities beyond upcycling art. Nature excursions to spots like the SANParks Silvermine Dam, eco-brick structure building and even snorkelling experiences were all on the cards, and the programme is funded by the City of Cape Town.

This initiative is not only an ode to creating future eco-warriors and artists, but to a generation in touch with the world around them. And, seeing a City facilitate something as important as this is an enriching work all its own.

“The Climate Change School Holiday Programme goes beyond education; it’s a transformative journey empowering young minds to be stewards of our environment. We are proud of the creativity, passion, and dedication show by each participant.

“The art exhibition served as a powerful platform for participants to showcase their creative endeavours in the realm of climate change. It underscores the intersection of art and environmental activism, encouraging a sense of expression and awareness among both participants and the broader community,” shared Monique Muller, Project Manager at GTP. 

All the artworks are up for purchase, too, in the spirit of rewarding the artists for their consciousness and hard work. To own a piece, contact!

Sources: Supplied
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