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Born from a profound love for the ocean, the Wavescape festival was founded in 2004. From a pure surf film festival, one of the oldest in the world, the festival grew in tandem with growing concern and alarm at the state of the world’s oceans, and new events were gradually added.
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In 2011, Shani Judes joined as festival director, and under her stewardship, with help from Spike and others, the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival has grown from strength to strength. It has become a must-do festival on the Cape Town calendar. In 2022, Steve Shooter joined to boost our social strategy, as well as create amazing content around the characters who populate our salty world.

In 2024, we will celebrate two decades of serving the ocean community with events that celebrate surfing, activism and ocean conservation that entertains, inspires and motivates.

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Wavescape Festival Poster 2024
About the Poster

The 2024 Wavescape Festival poster, crafted by the talented Yeye Weller, is a vibrant celebration of the ocean's spirit and the joy of surfing. The poster features an exuberant character riding the waves, surrounded by a lively ensemble of jellyfish, seals, and playful patterns that evoke the festival's lively atmosphere. Yeye Weller's unique artistic style brings a sense of fun and whimsy to the surfing scene, capturing the essence of the festival's energetic and carefree vibe. The dynamic composition, coupled with the incorporation of marine life and captivating patterns, promises to draw in audiences and convey the excitement and creativity that await them at this year's Wavescape Festival.

2024 Lineup

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March
Galileo Open Air Cinema

Galileo Open Air Cinema

DATE
Friday, March 1, 2024
time
18:00 - 22:00
venue
Kirstenbosch Gardens

Once again we partner with the Galileo Open Air Cinema for a screening under the stars at Kirstenbosch. Enjoy picnic treats and refreshments while watching the latest ocean and surfing films.

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March
ArtBoard Auction

Art Board Charity Auction

DATE
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
time
Doors open 17:00, Auction starts 19:30
venue
Jack Black’s Tap Room

Since 2005, we have curated and managed the Wavescape Art Board Project, with a slew of amazing South African artists who have accepted our invitation to turn surfboards into art for an exhibition and ocean charity auction, which has raised close to R5 million over the years. Nik Rabinowitz or Rob van Vuuren hosts that action at Jack Black’s Taproom for a night of fund-raising, fun and frivolity for some serious causes, including NSRI, Shark Spotters, Ocean Pledge, 9 MilesProject and the Beach Co-op. We have helped fund several NSRI boats and helped the Shark Spotters keep surfers and sharks in mostly harmonious cohabitation.

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2024 Board

Thank you to Anton, Life & Matthias from Ferral Surf Boards

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BID VIA PHONE PLEASE EMAIL – shani@shanijudes.co.za / 0835095106

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March
Deep South Film Night

Deep South Film Night

DATE
Thursday, March 7, 2024
time
19h30 (please come early to grab a drink and seat)
venue
Scarborough Community Centre

Join us for an evening stoke in the Deep South. Please bring cash as there is a reception issue at the venue Jack Black Beer, some wine and pizza will be on sale.

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March
Beach Clean Up & Queer Surf Meet up

Beach Clean Up & Queer Surf Meet up

DATE
Saturday, March 9, 2024
time
9h00 & 10h30
venue
Muizenberg Corner

Come join a fun ocean filled morning! First up we have the annual Wavescape beach Clean up at 9am. At 11am we will have an informal surf session for those who identify as queer & for those who support queer folks. Please RSVP in the tickets link and stand a chance to win a festival hamper.

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March
Blue Ocean Master Class

Blue Ocean Master Class

DATE
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
time
18h00
venue
InvestSA 1 Stop Shop, Bree Street, Cape Town

In collaboration with Wesgro, we present a special masterclass for ocean filmmakers. This workshop will feature a number of speakers who share their experience in big global productions and local or personal projects about the ocean and their journey into it. This year we focus on building suitable narratives for different types of ocean storytelling, whether fiction or non fiction.

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And yet, I remain

South Africa, 2022, 8min Director: Rick Wall & Dougal Paterson Charismatic Caleb Swanepoel lost his leg to a great white shark in 2015, while surfing in Buffels Bay in the Southern Cape. Rehab was a stepping stone to come back harder and faster, and he returned to the ocean a few weeks later. His life became a headlong rush to succeed and achieve, fuelled by a burning, innate passion. This short film follows his journey while he finally begins to ease up on this all-consuming quest. He begins to slow down to process his trauma, while learning to free dive, an immersive place in the brine where you start to see things differently – the place that helps him come to terms with a body that has been irreversibly changed forever.

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BIRTH OF THE ENDLESS SUMMER (Official SA Premiere)

US, South Africa, 2021, 96min Director: Richard Yelland This is the backstory of the most watched documentary of all (in any genre) The Endless Summer, released in 1965. Emmy Award-winning director Richard Yelland tracks grizzled Californian surf pioneer Dick Metz as he vagabonds the globe from 1958 to 1961, and returns to South Africa decades later. Importantly to us, it chronicles in detail what actually happened – warts and all – when Robert August and Mike Hynson came upon our shores with Bruce Brown to shoot the original. It tells the story of how Dick met John Whitmore, by “happenstance” as the Oom later recalls, which changed the history of surfing forever. A nostalgic Dick, 92, meets up with local surfers and visits old haunts where he shared good times with the Oom and his family.

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THE BLACK MERMAID

South Africa, 2022, 9min Through­out his­to­ry, Black com­mu­ni­ties have had a treach­er­ous rela­tion­ship with water, depict­ed as a pow­er­ful yet destruc­tive enti­ty in African folk­lore. This is a sto­ry nev­er told before, but nec­es­sary now more than ever: a mod­ern day tale of the Black Mer­maid, Zandile Ndhlovu, a South African free div­er who takes us to dis­cov­er the mag­ic of the Sar­dine Run.

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SONIC SOUVENIRS EPISODE 1

South Africa, 2019, 20min Director: Blake Myers Sonic Souvenirs is a series of portraits that takes us on an exploration of art, music and surfing with Mikey February as he travels around his homeland, connecting with artists and surfers. Our first episode trails Mikey close to home journeying up and down the East and West coast of South Africa. His soulful surfing style interfaces with the languid pace of the musicians he meets along the way, including the inimitable guitarist Madala Kunene from Durban. The result is a spiritual – almost mystical – visual connection with his natural environment, his surfing an expression of his art.

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VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS

South Africa, 2016, 11min Director: Jess Colquhoun Hidden north of Durban, in the rural regions of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, a secret spot for young shredders grows in stature and popularity. The Indigo Skate Camp empowers the local community to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding and the opportunities it brings.

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CON DUENDE

France, 2022, 13min Director: Guillem Cruells This languid film profiles the soulful style and alternative spirit of French longboarding savant Clovis Donizetti. From his surfing roots in Biarritz to his self-taught education in literature, philosophy, and music, Donezetti and his fellow countryman Jules Lepecheux travel through southern Spain in search of culturally rich parallels between riding waves and the performing flamenco arts.

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NATURAL HIGH (SA Premiere)

US, 2023, 37min Director: Jack Coleman The title of this great little film is self explanatory. Surfing is, of course, the ultimate Natural High. And, as alternative surf writer and finless savant Jamie Brisick says, when you watch a Jack Coleman movie, you plunge into a joyous world filled with peeling waves and sideways drifts and luminous characters and always great music. Kiff surf flick with extra salt and a bigger dose of soul.

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THE PHYSICS OF NOSE RIDING (SA Premiere)

New Zealand, 2023, 6min Director: Lauren Hill There is science behind surfing’s fluid dance. The nose ride is one of surfing’s peak moments not too far from the tube ride; part fluid dynamics, and part magic. But how does nose riding actually work? What makes this bizarre suspension between sea and sky physically possible? The Physics of Noseriding explores the question through the eyes of Namaala, a young surfer whose people were flying on the water long before the world even knew what surfing was. Her curiosity invites us to examine the sensation of levitation that unfolds as wave, surfboard and surfer come together, a place where human and ocean intersect for the motion of surfing’s fluid dance.

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FACING MONSTERS (SA Premiere)

Australia, 2023, 93min Director: Bentley Dean This documentary feature depicts the sheer brutal insanity of West Australian slab surfing that makes your skin crawl with fiery sea lice scuttling in abject terror from giant waves. We sink below the surface into the roiling depths of hellman surfer Kerby Brown’s psyche. Much more than a simple surfing story, this is a searing glimpse into that twilight zone between life and death. This dark, swirling place is the epiphany that near-death can bring to a man fixated on a single minded mission that can only end in the impact zone of foaming bedrock at a ferocious slab no one on the planet has surfed before, and perhaps will never surf again.

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AFRICA (SA Premiere)

Morocco, 2023, min Director: Sam Christiansen In Africa, we journey to the sights and sounds of Morocco with South African longboarder Sam Christiansen.

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AMBLE (SA Premiere)

UK, 2023, 4min Director: Seth Hughes This is a poetic visual ode to ‘walking the nose’. For the uninitiated, that means pulling off fluid dance moves as you cross-step back and forth along the top of your longboard while ‘logging’ small waves. The result is a gorgeous art form that codifies grace and style. But knowing when to move forwards or back entails great skill. Apart from balance and poise, you need a carefully honed instinct for what part of your board is connecting with the wave. In that moment, you also need to read the energy of the wave, and how and where it is about to break. Either way, this sumptuous little film is a wonderful expression of this genre of water dancing.

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HUMANITY STOKED (SA Premiere)

US, 2023, 94min Director: Michael Cohen It’s surprising we haven’t seen a film like this before. Humanity Stoked is an experiment into how humanity can move forward, as espoused by the world’s most iconic skateboarders, activists, scientists, artists, musicians, and educators all unified by unique experiences and perspectives shaped by their love of skateboarding. The film depicts how we can peacefully, openly, and intelligently advance humanity into the future. Conversations range from human rights and LGBTQ rights to racial equality. The protagonists speak of how we teach children about fear, environmental protection, giving back, and the value of science, art and music in education and to society. There are frank discussions around drug addiction and recovery, and mental health. An inspiring look at how humans can be empathetic to the world around them.

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BLINK

Global, 2023, 7.31min Director: Shayn Sykes Blink profiles the talents of Shane Sykes in some of the most pristine and exquisite surfing locations in Indonesia, Mexico, California and South Africa.

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OLDER THAN TREES

South Africa, 2023 | 19min | Director: Pippa Ehrlich The Galileo Open Air Cinema, Kirstenbosch, 19:30 Friday 1 March The film tells the story of James Lea, a field biologist who grew up dreaming of sharks; enigmatic monsters of the deep. In his first few years as a field biologist, he fell in love with silky sharks in the Red Sea, where he got to interact with them and learn their individual personalities. But, in the space of just a few years, he watched as almost each animal he knew was lost to the shark fin trade. Feeling heartbroken and helpless, James resolved to use his expertise as a scientist to protect sharks in places where they still have a chance to thrive. Older Than Trees highlights Lea’s work in the field, and the success he’s contributed to in safeguarding these ancient species through the creation of marine protected areas. Using both new and never-before-seen archival footage, we are taken on an expedition around the world that showcases the critical role science plays in safeguarding vulnerable species like sharks and rays.

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POINT OF CHANGE

Nias, Australia, 2023 | 91min | Director: Rebecca Coley The Galileo Open Air Cinema, Kirstenbosch, 19:30 Friday 1 March This compelling documentary feature chronicles two Australia surfers as they leave the suffocating societal confines of conservative Australia in the 1970s in search for meaning in the form of a mystic metaphoric island. Told through a unique blend of unseen Super 8 archive, contemporary interview and beautiful animation, they find it on Nias Island, Indonesia, a large yet largely unknown 5,600 square kilometre island off Sumatra. However, sinister creatures stir in the jungle as they find the perfect cylinders of Lagundri Bay. The people have a mystical bond to a bygone age of megalithic stoneage culture, where head hunting was practised well into the 20th century. But the discovery of waves brings social upheaval and their culture is profoundly subverted by powerful economic and environmental forces beyond their control. The film is set to an original score composed by academy-award winning composer Stephen Warbeck, with exclusive tracks by Paul Oakenfold and local musicians. A must-see.

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CORNERS OF THE EARTH KAMCHATKA

Follow filmmakers Spencer Frost and Guy Williment and surfers Letty Mortensen and Fraser Dovell as they journey to Kamchatka in the far east of Russia in search of new waves along the frozen, unexplored coastline. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk with more than 150 volcanoes (29 active) the Kamchatka Peninsula in Far Eastern Russia is as remote as it is unique. After 2 years of planning the trip was almost over before it started. An hour before boarding their flight to Moscow, Russia invaded Ukraine. At a time when the world was seeing the worst of human nature, these guys flew behind the iron curtain and found, to their surprise the best of it. Mi-8 helicopters, skidoos, frozen campsites, and frozen bank accounts, this surf trip quickly became far more than anyone could imagine.

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STOKER MACHINE

An animated surf documentary unlike any other. A board will come into your life, and sort of teach you something. That's what happened with the stoker machine.

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Photographer, Filmmaker, Photo-journalist

Alan van Gysen is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and photo-journalist.

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Photographer, Filmmaker, Photo-journalist

Alan van Gysen is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and photo-journalist.

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Steve Pike aka Spike

A BA Journalism (Hons) graduate of Rhodes University, Steve Pike, aka Spike, founded marine forecasting and ocean content website Wavescape.co.za in 1999, and co-founded the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival in 2004, one of the world’s oldest surf film festivals, and now an important advocate for marine conservation and sustainable coastal management. As a journalist, Spike had worked for newspapers and magazines in Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London, Hong Kong and Melbourne until a light went on and he combined his two passions words and waves. This culminated in two books, Surfing South Africa and the brilliantly titled Surfing in South Africa. As a surf forecaster, he consulted to numerous surfing contests, such as the Red Bull Big Wave Africa (10 years) and the Quiksilver Goodwave (five years). He gives audio visual talks on the science of waves and wave energy.

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Steve Pike aka Spike

A BA Journalism (Hons) graduate of Rhodes University, Steve Pike, aka Spike, founded marine forecasting and ocean content website Wavescape.co.za in 1999, and co-founded the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival in 2004, one of the world’s oldest surf film festivals, and now an important advocate for marine conservation and sustainable coastal management. As a journalist, Spike had worked for newspapers and magazines in Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London, Hong Kong and Melbourne until a light went on and he combined his two passions words and waves. This culminated in two books, Surfing South Africa and the brilliantly titled Surfing in South Africa. As a surf forecaster, he consulted to numerous surfing contests, such as the Red Bull Big Wave Africa (10 years) and the Quiksilver Goodwave (five years). He gives audio visual talks on the science of waves and wave energy.

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Fhatuwani Mukheli is a Johannesburg-based artist and the co-founder and director of I See a Different You: a collective of Soweto-born creatives using production and content creation to positively transform black representation in South Africa, and eliminate negative perceptions against Soweto and other townships. Recently shifting his focus from photography and filmmaking, Fhatuweni has found great success as a fine art creative, best known for his illustrative portraiture. He now sells his works to local and international markets and continues to revolutionise the South African creative space.

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Fhatuwani Mukheli is a Johannesburg-based artist and the co-founder and director of I See a Different You: a collective of Soweto-born creatives using production and content creation to positively transform black representation in South Africa, and eliminate negative perceptions against Soweto and other townships. Recently shifting his focus from photography and filmmaking, Fhatuweni has found great success as a fine art creative, best known for his illustrative portraiture. He now sells his works to local and international markets and continues to revolutionise the South African creative space.

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GREEN CONNECTION MEDIA COORDINATOR

How to Say No to Oil and Gas (Activism) Nandipha Masango is Media Coordinator for The Green Connection, an important NPO holding the old and gas industry to account. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa. Along with a Bachelor of Social Science in Environmental Management Degree, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Nandipha has been involved in youth focused eco-tourism, environmental education, enviropreneur and conservation programmes.

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GREEN CONNECTION MEDIA COORDINATOR

How to Say No to Oil and Gas (Activism) Nandipha Masango is Media Coordinator for The Green Connection, an important NPO holding the old and gas industry to account. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa. Along with a Bachelor of Social Science in Environmental Management Degree, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Nandipha has been involved in youth focused eco-tourism, environmental education, enviropreneur and conservation programmes.

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Amy-Leigh Braaf, a South African artist, explores self-discovery and the complexities of love through her art, drawing from the nation's biodiversity. Her pieces symbolize layered meanings while navigating her identity as a woman of mixed Cape Malay and Indonesian heritage. International exhibitions and residencies in Japan and Bali (2023) showcased her pieces on a global level. "Celestial Deities" redefines womanhood and heritage, while "Bye Bye Bokkie" explores into intricate soul bonds and loss. Her solo exhibition at Brutal gallery "Echoes of Ancestral Threads" marked a pivotal moment in her career, where she showcased her work back at home where it all started as an ode to those who came before - her ancestors. Braaf's journey encapsulates cultural heritage, self-discovery, and timeless connections, resonating as an ode to human existence, weaving stories of generations past and present into an evocative dance of life.

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Amy-Leigh Braaf, a South African artist, explores self-discovery and the complexities of love through her art, drawing from the nation's biodiversity. Her pieces symbolize layered meanings while navigating her identity as a woman of mixed Cape Malay and Indonesian heritage. International exhibitions and residencies in Japan and Bali (2023) showcased her pieces on a global level. "Celestial Deities" redefines womanhood and heritage, while "Bye Bye Bokkie" explores into intricate soul bonds and loss. Her solo exhibition at Brutal gallery "Echoes of Ancestral Threads" marked a pivotal moment in her career, where she showcased her work back at home where it all started as an ode to those who came before - her ancestors. Braaf's journey encapsulates cultural heritage, self-discovery, and timeless connections, resonating as an ode to human existence, weaving stories of generations past and present into an evocative dance of life.

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Lee-Ann Heath has a love for impasto oil paint, nature and connection. Using her surroundings as a point of departure, Heath draws on inspiration both natural and relational. Heath’s desire is to recreate, analyse and deconstruct sensation. When working with such thick paint, the challenge of finding the right balance between confident brush and palette knife strokes and moments of vulnerability becomes integral to Heath’s process, with the continuous rearrangements of colours and forms lifting and enhancing each other, layer upon layer. The work reflects an obsessive urge to find the right combination of colour, line and shape. As Heath explains: “I find the elements of surprise and unexpected accidental moments exciting, and when the accidental meets the intentional it often leads to the identity of the work coming unto its own.”

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Lee-Ann Heath has a love for impasto oil paint, nature and connection. Using her surroundings as a point of departure, Heath draws on inspiration both natural and relational. Heath’s desire is to recreate, analyse and deconstruct sensation. When working with such thick paint, the challenge of finding the right balance between confident brush and palette knife strokes and moments of vulnerability becomes integral to Heath’s process, with the continuous rearrangements of colours and forms lifting and enhancing each other, layer upon layer. The work reflects an obsessive urge to find the right combination of colour, line and shape. As Heath explains: “I find the elements of surprise and unexpected accidental moments exciting, and when the accidental meets the intentional it often leads to the identity of the work coming unto its own.”

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SEA SEARCH FOUNDER

The Whales are Returning, but is there Space for us All? Born and raised in South Africa, Simon Elwen has been studying whales and dolphins in this area for over 20 years. In 2008 he started the Namibian Dolphin Project, and in 2014 Sea Search, based in Cape Town with Tess Gridley. His interests are broad and Elwen has worked on most marine mammals in the region to some extent but with a general focus on coastal dolphins and humpback whales. He is particularly interested in the behavioural adaptations that marine mammals make to different environmental conditions, especially the changes that have occurred in the marine realm from human impacts.

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The Whales are Returning, but is there Space for us All? Born and raised in South Africa, Simon Elwen has been studying whales and dolphins in this area for over 20 years. In 2008 he started the Namibian Dolphin Project, and in 2014 Sea Search, based in Cape Town with Tess Gridley. His interests are broad and Elwen has worked on most marine mammals in the region to some extent but with a general focus on coastal dolphins and humpback whales. He is particularly interested in the behavioural adaptations that marine mammals make to different environmental conditions, especially the changes that have occurred in the marine realm from human impacts.

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Anton Butler, a seasoned creative with 35 years of experience, discovered his passion for shaping surfboards at 17 in 1982. Mentored by iconic South African shapers, he founded Ferral surfboards 13 years ago, driven by a desire for creative autonomy. While briefly studying graphic design, Anton gravitated towards the art of resin tinting. This technique, blending colors directly into the resin during lamination, became his signature. Over the years, he mastered the process, achieving a delicate balance between spontaneity and control. Specializing in a random yet controlled approach, Anton's surfboards showcase a captivating marbling effect, solidifying his status as a visionary in the craft.

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Anton Butler, a seasoned creative with 35 years of experience, discovered his passion for shaping surfboards at 17 in 1982. Mentored by iconic South African shapers, he founded Ferral surfboards 13 years ago, driven by a desire for creative autonomy. While briefly studying graphic design, Anton gravitated towards the art of resin tinting. This technique, blending colors directly into the resin during lamination, became his signature. Over the years, he mastered the process, achieving a delicate balance between spontaneity and control. Specializing in a random yet controlled approach, Anton's surfboards showcase a captivating marbling effect, solidifying his status as a visionary in the craft.

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Brett Murray is one of South Africa’s most renowned artists, and has been called “The dark prince of South African pop (art)”. Working with steel, bronze and an assortment of media, Murray aims to critically entertain. This often includes pop-culture iconography that he skillfully manipulates through satire and subversion. He is remembered by Wavescape Artboard Project fans for his infamous surfboard featuring a naked Bart Simpson with an erection, and the words “I Love Africa!”. Murray’s work has been exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad, and he was the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for 2002. He is a full time artist and lives in Cape Town with his wife Sanell Aggenbach and their two sons.

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Brett Murray is one of South Africa’s most renowned artists, and has been called “The dark prince of South African pop (art)”. Working with steel, bronze and an assortment of media, Murray aims to critically entertain. This often includes pop-culture iconography that he skillfully manipulates through satire and subversion. He is remembered by Wavescape Artboard Project fans for his infamous surfboard featuring a naked Bart Simpson with an erection, and the words “I Love Africa!”. Murray’s work has been exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad, and he was the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for 2002. He is a full time artist and lives in Cape Town with his wife Sanell Aggenbach and their two sons.

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PANGEASEED FOUNDER

Tré Packard is an internationally renowned public art curator and award-winning environmental photographer who marries art and activism to cultivate a new era in marine conservation. As a passionate conservationist, Tre' has travelled through Asia documenting some of the most remote locations bringing to light never before documented fisheries contributing to the destruction of ocean ecosystems, and the often illegal trade of threatened marine life. Tré is the founder and Executive Director of PangeaSeed Foundation and the creator of the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans programme through which he has curated over 500 environmental, ocean-themed public artworks in 19 countries since 2014. In addition, Tré is a lifelong scuba diver and PADI Dive Ambassador.

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PANGEASEED FOUNDER

Tré Packard is an internationally renowned public art curator and award-winning environmental photographer who marries art and activism to cultivate a new era in marine conservation. As a passionate conservationist, Tre' has travelled through Asia documenting some of the most remote locations bringing to light never before documented fisheries contributing to the destruction of ocean ecosystems, and the often illegal trade of threatened marine life. Tré is the founder and Executive Director of PangeaSeed Foundation and the creator of the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans programme through which he has curated over 500 environmental, ocean-themed public artworks in 19 countries since 2014. In addition, Tré is a lifelong scuba diver and PADI Dive Ambassador.

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Dbongz Mahlathi is a street artist from the West of Johannesburg. He started participating in street art in 2008 when he first came to the city to pursue his tertiary education. He fell in love with the freedom it afforded him, the colours, the huge canvases in a form of walls, the confidence it instilled in him, and the ability to spread conceptual messages to the masses. He continues to say, “It'd be great to be able to communicate through art what language can’t, to have the ability to interpret the years of pursuit into positively influential artworks that resonate with everyday lives, and to forever vibrate mundane spaces, to encourage ongoing optimism in young minds, to boost confidence and eradicate doubt and fear in human brains and inspire patience and persistence, and it is happening, one artwork at a time”.

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Dbongz Mahlathi is a street artist from the West of Johannesburg. He started participating in street art in 2008 when he first came to the city to pursue his tertiary education. He fell in love with the freedom it afforded him, the colours, the huge canvases in a form of walls, the confidence it instilled in him, and the ability to spread conceptual messages to the masses. He continues to say, “It'd be great to be able to communicate through art what language can’t, to have the ability to interpret the years of pursuit into positively influential artworks that resonate with everyday lives, and to forever vibrate mundane spaces, to encourage ongoing optimism in young minds, to boost confidence and eradicate doubt and fear in human brains and inspire patience and persistence, and it is happening, one artwork at a time”.

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SA PARASURFING ATHLETE

We are not your Inspiration Porn (Surfing) Blind surfer Michele, who was diagnosed with deteriorating retinitis pigmentosa in 2005, is a purpose-led athlete and advocate for differently abled athletes through various media where she plies her trade as a public speaker, writer and influencer. A former national judo medallist, as the years took away more of her sight, Michele took to parasurfing, representing South Africa at the world championships in California in 2022. She is a keen advocate of surfing as therapy, and plans to compete at the Paralympics in 2028 for her 60th. She shares life's journey with a vibrant core of compatriots who see themselves worlds apart from how others see them.

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SA PARASURFING ATHLETE

We are not your Inspiration Porn (Surfing) Blind surfer Michele, who was diagnosed with deteriorating retinitis pigmentosa in 2005, is a purpose-led athlete and advocate for differently abled athletes through various media where she plies her trade as a public speaker, writer and influencer. A former national judo medallist, as the years took away more of her sight, Michele took to parasurfing, representing South Africa at the world championships in California in 2022. She is a keen advocate of surfing as therapy, and plans to compete at the Paralympics in 2028 for her 60th. She shares life's journey with a vibrant core of compatriots who see themselves worlds apart from how others see them.

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Jero Revett, a young enthusiast, found joy in exploring rock pools around False Bay, diving all day to interact with various marine life. While fear initially drew him to octopuses, he soon mastered handling them, turning it into playtime. Today, his fascination endures, and Jero still disappears for hours, reliving his childhood underwater. Despite facing criticism for eating octopus, Jero takes immense pleasure in the skillful hunt, honed over years, and adheres to a sustainable approach, only taking what he needs and returning unused portions to the ocean. During a dive, a divine inspiration led him to consider alternative uses for octopus ink beyond culinary applications. Collaborating with Prof Inggs from Michaelis School of Fine Arts, Jero introduced the concept of creating prints using octopus ink. Invited to explore this idea at Michaelis, they experimented with screen prints but fell in love with Gyotaku, an ancient Japanese fisherman's technique of making ink prints on rice paper. Today, Jero crafts Gyotaku artworks from the fish he catches, utilizing ink from octopuses, chokkas, or cuttlefish. His work pays homage to the octopus, symbolizing satisfaction derived from the hunt, culinary exploration, and creative expression.

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Jero Revett, a young enthusiast, found joy in exploring rock pools around False Bay, diving all day to interact with various marine life. While fear initially drew him to octopuses, he soon mastered handling them, turning it into playtime. Today, his fascination endures, and Jero still disappears for hours, reliving his childhood underwater. Despite facing criticism for eating octopus, Jero takes immense pleasure in the skillful hunt, honed over years, and adheres to a sustainable approach, only taking what he needs and returning unused portions to the ocean. During a dive, a divine inspiration led him to consider alternative uses for octopus ink beyond culinary applications. Collaborating with Prof Inggs from Michaelis School of Fine Arts, Jero introduced the concept of creating prints using octopus ink. Invited to explore this idea at Michaelis, they experimented with screen prints but fell in love with Gyotaku, an ancient Japanese fisherman's technique of making ink prints on rice paper. Today, Jero crafts Gyotaku artworks from the fish he catches, utilizing ink from octopuses, chokkas, or cuttlefish. His work pays homage to the octopus, symbolizing satisfaction derived from the hunt, culinary exploration, and creative expression.

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Amy-Lee Tak is a self-taught artist with five years' experience as a professional painter. Her work depicts unapologetic rest, comfort and freedom in ones own skin, mirroring her own aspirations for softness and self-love. Her distinct style can be characterised by her flat application style and playful use of rich, vibrant colours. Amy-Lee lives and works in Cape Town.``I'm in love with bright, bold colours that evoke a sense of joy and whimsy. The women portrayed in my work tend to be idealistic to the point of blissful ignorance, living in a smoosh-smash of colourful worlds free of demands and complexities.``

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Amy-Lee Tak is a self-taught artist with five years' experience as a professional painter. Her work depicts unapologetic rest, comfort and freedom in ones own skin, mirroring her own aspirations for softness and self-love. Her distinct style can be characterised by her flat application style and playful use of rich, vibrant colours. Amy-Lee lives and works in Cape Town.``I'm in love with bright, bold colours that evoke a sense of joy and whimsy. The women portrayed in my work tend to be idealistic to the point of blissful ignorance, living in a smoosh-smash of colourful worlds free of demands and complexities.``

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ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER

A Manifesto for Ocean Justice (Conservation) Cormac is the director of the Wild Law Institute, which advances and defends the rights of Nature. He is a leading environmental lawyer – one of the team that stopped Shell’s seismic survey – and a leader of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. After his book Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice in 2002 he began to build the global movement that now campaigns for ocean rights and the recognition of Antarctica as an autonomous entity.

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A Manifesto for Ocean Justice (Conservation) Cormac is the director of the Wild Law Institute, which advances and defends the rights of Nature. He is a leading environmental lawyer – one of the team that stopped Shell’s seismic survey – and a leader of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. After his book Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice in 2002 he began to build the global movement that now campaigns for ocean rights and the recognition of Antarctica as an autonomous entity.

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Kabelo Moraloki a visual artist was born in 1988 in Pretoria, Township called Mamelodi, his first encounter with art was in primary school till to date. Kabelo is now based and practices in Cape Town. Moraloki specializes in painting portraiture and abstract art made with acrylics on canvas, new and recycled brown paper. His work is characterized by bold and bright colours, intricate patterns and Tetris blocks and shapes. Moraloki touches on issues of socioeconomics, healing, happiness and harmony in society. He aims to spark conversations, question perceptions and encourage the viewers to engage critically through his work. Kabelo wants to heal society, see it happy and living in harmony. Kabelo has participated in a group exhibition at the Fame Week Africa 2023 and The Mother City group exhibition as part of the Emerging Artists Programme by the City of Cape Town.

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Kabelo Moraloki a visual artist was born in 1988 in Pretoria, Township called Mamelodi, his first encounter with art was in primary school till to date. Kabelo is now based and practices in Cape Town. Moraloki specializes in painting portraiture and abstract art made with acrylics on canvas, new and recycled brown paper. His work is characterized by bold and bright colours, intricate patterns and Tetris blocks and shapes. Moraloki touches on issues of socioeconomics, healing, happiness and harmony in society. He aims to spark conversations, question perceptions and encourage the viewers to engage critically through his work. Kabelo wants to heal society, see it happy and living in harmony. Kabelo has participated in a group exhibition at the Fame Week Africa 2023 and The Mother City group exhibition as part of the Emerging Artists Programme by the City of Cape Town.

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Marti Lund is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. His work takes form in many media. Trained as a realistic oil painter, Lund also works in collage, murals, grafitti and surfboard art. His process starts in collage. Lund feels like this is the only way to correctly communicate the powerful combinations of cultural, social and environmental narratives that he wants his work to hold. Collage allows for rapid resolve of visuals, to create complex stories and to find humour in the strange juxtaposition of imagery. From collage, he translates the work onto canvases and walls, using a realistic style; be it in spray paint on wall, acrylic on surfboard or oil on canvas. Many of the visuals relate directly to his homeland, South Africa and are deeply personal, inspired by an awe of ethereal natural beauty, a will to celebrate diversity and a mind full of social critique.

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Marti Lund is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. His work takes form in many media. Trained as a realistic oil painter, Lund also works in collage, murals, grafitti and surfboard art. His process starts in collage. Lund feels like this is the only way to correctly communicate the powerful combinations of cultural, social and environmental narratives that he wants his work to hold. Collage allows for rapid resolve of visuals, to create complex stories and to find humour in the strange juxtaposition of imagery. From collage, he translates the work onto canvases and walls, using a realistic style; be it in spray paint on wall, acrylic on surfboard or oil on canvas. Many of the visuals relate directly to his homeland, South Africa and are deeply personal, inspired by an awe of ethereal natural beauty, a will to celebrate diversity and a mind full of social critique.

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MARINE SCIENCE LECTURER

Koebraa is a child of the ocean. Her love for the ocean was instilled by her dad. Today, she lives her dream as a marine biologist, with a background in Conservation Biology, teaching others about the sea, while researching marine bioinvasions. She examines the threat of marine alien and invasive species that settle or grow on artificial structures submerged in the marine environment. These include harbour and marina infrastructure as well as recreational vessels. She also looks at alien species within Marine Protected Areas and invertebrate communities on the walls of manmade tidal pools.

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Koebraa is a child of the ocean. Her love for the ocean was instilled by her dad. Today, she lives her dream as a marine biologist, with a background in Conservation Biology, teaching others about the sea, while researching marine bioinvasions. She examines the threat of marine alien and invasive species that settle or grow on artificial structures submerged in the marine environment. These include harbour and marina infrastructure as well as recreational vessels. She also looks at alien species within Marine Protected Areas and invertebrate communities on the walls of manmade tidal pools.

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MJ Lourens was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1973. He studied Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Pretoria from 1992 to 1996. His body of work includes paintings, sculptures and film, having exhibited in several prominent galleries around South Africa. MJ has also directed and produced films such as DIE RIT/THE DRIVE (2009), PROGNOSE/PROGNOSIS (2008) and PA/FATHER (2006), which was screened at the Commonwealth Film Festival and was in the official selection of the African International Film Festival, Tariva, Spain. MJ's films can be viewed at www.prefab.co.za. MJ lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

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MJ Lourens was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1973. He studied Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Pretoria from 1992 to 1996. His body of work includes paintings, sculptures and film, having exhibited in several prominent galleries around South Africa. MJ has also directed and produced films such as DIE RIT/THE DRIVE (2009), PROGNOSE/PROGNOSIS (2008) and PA/FATHER (2006), which was screened at the Commonwealth Film Festival and was in the official selection of the African International Film Festival, Tariva, Spain. MJ's films can be viewed at www.prefab.co.za. MJ lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Amy Ayanda Lester is an artist and musician based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her paintings and prints draw inspiration from the local landscape, its flora and colours. Images of proteas, fynbos and the familiar silhouette of Table Mountain recur in both her illustrative work and her more impressionistic canvas pieces. In subject, she returns often to her great grandmother’s flower farm in Constantia from which the family was forcibly removed in the1960s under the Group Areas Act. Reflecting on her historical ties to the land, Amy explores themes of longing and belonging; her work a tender and intimate engagement with home. The places she paints are both real and imagined, a place to come back to – the body of a mother, a mountain, a field of flowers.

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Amy Ayanda Lester is an artist and musician based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her paintings and prints draw inspiration from the local landscape, its flora and colours. Images of proteas, fynbos and the familiar silhouette of Table Mountain recur in both her illustrative work and her more impressionistic canvas pieces. In subject, she returns often to her great grandmother’s flower farm in Constantia from which the family was forcibly removed in the1960s under the Group Areas Act. Reflecting on her historical ties to the land, Amy explores themes of longing and belonging; her work a tender and intimate engagement with home. The places she paints are both real and imagined, a place to come back to – the body of a mother, a mountain, a field of flowers.

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KNEEBOARD WORLD CHAMPION

Death and the 100 foot wave (Adventure) Veteran kneeboarder and surf shop owner Gigs Cilliers, son of the 1980s cartoonist Lencil, is four times World Kneeboarding Champion. A larger than life character, Gigs is the consumate waterman. He is adept at running safety on PWC (Personal Water Craft), as well as towing various big wave surfers into giant waves. Gigs is well known in the international community as a commentator on the World Surf League Championship Tour.

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KNEEBOARD WORLD CHAMPION

Death and the 100 foot wave (Adventure) Veteran kneeboarder and surf shop owner Gigs Cilliers, son of the 1980s cartoonist Lencil, is four times World Kneeboarding Champion. A larger than life character, Gigs is the consumate waterman. He is adept at running safety on PWC (Personal Water Craft), as well as towing various big wave surfers into giant waves. Gigs is well known in the international community as a commentator on the World Surf League Championship Tour.

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MOTELSEVEN (b. 1987) is a Cape Town born artist who started painting graffiti at 16 and had her first solo exhibition at the age of 21. After a few successful gallery exhibitions the travel bug bit and for ten years she only did graffiti writing, outdoor murals and public art festivals, mainly in Europe and in the US. She’s a member of the notable graffiti crew 40HK and one of the first white women to paint graffiti in post-apartheid South Africa. Black South Africans were the first to embrace Hip Hop culture through political/conscious rap and dance before “non-political“ graffiti popularised in the late 1990’s. When she started painting in 2003 she chose the name Misty to highlight her female identity but she soon adopted the name MOTELSEVEN. Oftentimes feeling like a social “misfit”, graffiti subculture became the world in which she explored herself with indulgence and without explanation. The utilization of a gender-neutral tag like MOTELSEVEN allows graffiti writers and street artists to communicate a message and exercise their artistry without the stigma associated with their gender in everyday life. (From Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art by Jeffrey Ian Ross published in 2016).

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MOTELSEVEN (b. 1987) is a Cape Town born artist who started painting graffiti at 16 and had her first solo exhibition at the age of 21. After a few successful gallery exhibitions the travel bug bit and for ten years she only did graffiti writing, outdoor murals and public art festivals, mainly in Europe and in the US. She’s a member of the notable graffiti crew 40HK and one of the first white women to paint graffiti in post-apartheid South Africa. Black South Africans were the first to embrace Hip Hop culture through political/conscious rap and dance before “non-political“ graffiti popularised in the late 1990’s. When she started painting in 2003 she chose the name Misty to highlight her female identity but she soon adopted the name MOTELSEVEN. Oftentimes feeling like a social “misfit”, graffiti subculture became the world in which she explored herself with indulgence and without explanation. The utilization of a gender-neutral tag like MOTELSEVEN allows graffiti writers and street artists to communicate a message and exercise their artistry without the stigma associated with their gender in everyday life. (From Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art by Jeffrey Ian Ross published in 2016).

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Liberty Battson is a South African artist born in 1990 and currently lives in Benoni, Johannesburg. Battson obtained her BA(FA) with distinction for her work with automotive paint on canvas in 2013 from the University of Pretoria and ever since her work has being receiving both local and international attention. Using 2K automotive paint Battson produces an impressively smooth, high gloss finish. Her bright, often colourful style laced with data and meaning. Once vibrant coloured stripes and now more organic looking shapes; coded, calculated and composed waiting to be decoded, recognized and read. Battson is the 2014 Absa L’Atelier winner and along with her winning streak is a 2013 Sasol New Signatures Merit Award winner and holds a merit award for painting in the 2012 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts competition. Most recently Battson Participated in the 2022 Dak’Art Biannale and held her 6th solo exhibition at Everard Read Gallery. Yada-Yada Club opened in May 2022 at Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

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Liberty Battson is a South African artist born in 1990 and currently lives in Benoni, Johannesburg. Battson obtained her BA(FA) with distinction for her work with automotive paint on canvas in 2013 from the University of Pretoria and ever since her work has being receiving both local and international attention. Using 2K automotive paint Battson produces an impressively smooth, high gloss finish. Her bright, often colourful style laced with data and meaning. Once vibrant coloured stripes and now more organic looking shapes; coded, calculated and composed waiting to be decoded, recognized and read. Battson is the 2014 Absa L’Atelier winner and along with her winning streak is a 2013 Sasol New Signatures Merit Award winner and holds a merit award for painting in the 2012 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts competition. Most recently Battson Participated in the 2022 Dak’Art Biannale and held her 6th solo exhibition at Everard Read Gallery. Yada-Yada Club opened in May 2022 at Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.

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SAVE OUR SEAS SHARK EDUCATORS JUSTINE SWARTZ

Ocean puppetry: teaching through storytelling Justine, Logan and Wade are educators from the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre, based in Kalk Bay. The Centre works with school groups to teach lessons about the wonder and importance of the ocean, our connection to it, and the future of this resource. Recently, we have been exploring storytelling as a tool, particularly through puppetry. Join us for a dive under the waves to meet the kelp princess and explore how our past can help us rethink our future connection with the ocean.

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SAVE OUR SEAS SHARK EDUCATORS JUSTINE SWARTZ

Ocean puppetry: teaching through storytelling Justine, Logan and Wade are educators from the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre, based in Kalk Bay. The Centre works with school groups to teach lessons about the wonder and importance of the ocean, our connection to it, and the future of this resource. Recently, we have been exploring storytelling as a tool, particularly through puppetry. Join us for a dive under the waves to meet the kelp princess and explore how our past can help us rethink our future connection with the ocean.

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While qualified as an architect, One. never ventured into the practice of architecture. One. chose a different path for himself. Shapes and structures are deeply embedded in One.’s DNA, he see life as a complex layered structure we have to navigate through and make sense of, at least we can try. Employing the very same spray paint and markers synonymous with graffiti and tagging, One. seamlessly integrates urban culture and street life as strata within his paintings. Patterns converge, colors interplay, resulting in what he regards as Architectural Abstract.

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While qualified as an architect, One. never ventured into the practice of architecture. One. chose a different path for himself. Shapes and structures are deeply embedded in One.’s DNA, he see life as a complex layered structure we have to navigate through and make sense of, at least we can try. Employing the very same spray paint and markers synonymous with graffiti and tagging, One. seamlessly integrates urban culture and street life as strata within his paintings. Patterns converge, colors interplay, resulting in what he regards as Architectural Abstract.

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Born in rural South Africa in 1985 He majored in photography graduating Cum Laude from Stellenbosch Academy of Graphic Design and Photography (2007), with a BA in Applied Design. Justin's works are held in various private and corporate collections around the world and His works have been exhibited in South Africa, Australia and Germany. Justin Southey's practice explores notions of landscapes and fantastical worlds that serve as metaphors for more unquantifiable emotional and spiritual spaces. Acting like ephemeral mirages, the artist's ambition is to explore and capture the intertwining and transcendent quality of the unseen. Capturing momentary feelings in a visual form, these investigations are both deeply personal and also often made in response to his immediate environment. With playful bold swathes of colour, texture and exuberant mark making, there is a push and pull the viewer experiences, directing the eye and stimulating the senses.

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Born in rural South Africa in 1985 He majored in photography graduating Cum Laude from Stellenbosch Academy of Graphic Design and Photography (2007), with a BA in Applied Design. Justin's works are held in various private and corporate collections around the world and His works have been exhibited in South Africa, Australia and Germany. Justin Southey's practice explores notions of landscapes and fantastical worlds that serve as metaphors for more unquantifiable emotional and spiritual spaces. Acting like ephemeral mirages, the artist's ambition is to explore and capture the intertwining and transcendent quality of the unseen. Capturing momentary feelings in a visual form, these investigations are both deeply personal and also often made in response to his immediate environment. With playful bold swathes of colour, texture and exuberant mark making, there is a push and pull the viewer experiences, directing the eye and stimulating the senses.

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Stefan Smit is a South African fine artist known for his contemporary figurative oil paintings and mural work - creating fine art on a tremendous scale. Since being invited to exhibit at the ABSA L'atelier the demand for Smit's work has increased, allowing him to exhibit globally at shows like the LA Art Fair. Smit currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is represented in the United States. His work features in galleries, art fairs, brand collaborations, public spaces and various private collections around the globe. Throughout his career, he’s been drawn to the overarching theme of connection, inviting people to question what divides or unites us.

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Stefan Smit is a South African fine artist known for his contemporary figurative oil paintings and mural work - creating fine art on a tremendous scale. Since being invited to exhibit at the ABSA L'atelier the demand for Smit's work has increased, allowing him to exhibit globally at shows like the LA Art Fair. Smit currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is represented in the United States. His work features in galleries, art fairs, brand collaborations, public spaces and various private collections around the globe. Throughout his career, he’s been drawn to the overarching theme of connection, inviting people to question what divides or unites us.

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Marie-Louise Koen is a Cape Town based Artist and Interior Designer. Kick starting and self-launching her career as an Artist in 2017 her work has been well received both locally and internationally, exhibiting in several collaborative and solo exhibitions. Marie-Louise is a true creative getting her inspiration from her immediate environment with her subject matter gravitating from female form and portraiture through to her popular seascape works. Her most recent solo exhibition 'Dawn to Dusk', on show at Gallery Eleven, Spice Route Destination, is an ode to the beautiful Cape which continues to be the main source of inspiration for her work. This exhibition is her largest single collection to date and encompasses an array of oceanic and beach scenes of the Cape, capturing all the hours of sunlight throughout a summers day.

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Marie-Louise Koen is a Cape Town based Artist and Interior Designer. Kick starting and self-launching her career as an Artist in 2017 her work has been well received both locally and internationally, exhibiting in several collaborative and solo exhibitions. Marie-Louise is a true creative getting her inspiration from her immediate environment with her subject matter gravitating from female form and portraiture through to her popular seascape works. Her most recent solo exhibition 'Dawn to Dusk', on show at Gallery Eleven, Spice Route Destination, is an ode to the beautiful Cape which continues to be the main source of inspiration for her work. This exhibition is her largest single collection to date and encompasses an array of oceanic and beach scenes of the Cape, capturing all the hours of sunlight throughout a summers day.

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Sulette van der Merwe is a South African artist working in painting, print and video animation. Her paintings are an exploration of intuitive connections between representational images. The influence of pop art, surrealism and digital culture is evident in her work. She has a National Diploma in Fine Art from the Tshwane University of Technology .

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Sulette van der Merwe is a South African artist working in painting, print and video animation. Her paintings are an exploration of intuitive connections between representational images. The influence of pop art, surrealism and digital culture is evident in her work. She has a National Diploma in Fine Art from the Tshwane University of Technology .

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