Transform a Community with a Brush of your Hand
Paint-Up Kamamma is an innovative project, developed with the community to create a sustainable, thriving tourist economy in South Africa’s Melkhoutfontein community through art, storytelling, re-enactment of history, humanity and cultural awakening. It is a ground breaking project of joining hands globally to facilitate development, restoration, beautification and development of crafters using crafts from resources in the community. The area in which this community lives, is a world treasure for its important cultural history — the nearby Blombos Cave is home to the earliest known evidence of humankind as artists. (http://www.livescience.com/16538-oldest-human-paint-studio.html) It is time for the community of Melkhoutfontein to immerse themselves in their culture and history to reach for the dream they believed in which Nelson Mandela envisaged: ‘A better life for all’.
Artists have the unique ability to break down cultural barriers and ignite positive change with their creative approaches to communication and self-expression. Dreamcatcher volunteers have over the years left a lasting legacy in the communities they have volunteered with us. This project is about joining hands with the community of Melkhoutfontein to create the opportunity for a future of improved quality of life. We invite you to join hands to facilitate the cultural awakening of Melkhoutfontein. With your help we can do it!
So what now?
The Dreamcatcher Foundation is looking for professional and aspiring artists, art students, teachers, designers, decorators. building restoration enthusiasts, those with administrative and even photographic abilities, to join other volunteers from around the world and community members to complete these life-changing projects for the Melkhoutfontein community.
We have been working with the community of Melkhoutfontein over a period of 5 years, partnered with the Utopia Volunteers, renowned British artist Bruce Rimell, the Environment, Art, Design & Media Departments of the University of Brighton and 2 well-known local artists, to develop the Global Citizens Artist project. Even if you don’t classify yourself as an artist, we need your help to make this impactful and transformative project a success. It takes giving, willing hearts and bodies of diverse backgrounds, who will work tirelessly, creatively, and compassionately with us, to create lasting change in a well-deserving area for PaintUp with Kamamma.
By adding art which will depict the history of the people of Melkhoutfontein onto the exterior walls of small houses in the community, and restoring and reviving many features of the area including the ancient St. Augustine church, you will help re-create history and connect locals to their past which will lead them into the future with a community story to share. Collectively we wil be developing what we can ascertain, the world’s largest, (some would argue most significant, in terms of understanding humanity), living history book in the world! These changes will empower the community’s economy to blossom.
For more information on our partners:
- Bruce Rimell: http://www.biroz.net/exhibits/melkhoutfontein/murals2018.htm and www.vagallery.com/bruce-rimell.html
- University of Brighton: http://about.brighton.ac.uk/set/
- Nick Gant, University of Brighton: arts.brighton.ac.uk/staff/nick-gant
- Tanya Dean, University of Brighton: arts.brighton.ac.uk/staff/tanya-dean
- Utopia Foundation: www.utopiafound.org
Further reading on the project:
- Document 1: Bruce Rimell – Paint Up with Kamamma Exhibit 2016-2017-2018 (PDF document)
- Document 2: Context – Project goals, description, context and sense of place (PDF document)
- Document 3: Volunteer brief – Project info, orientation and working at the project (PDF document)
But, to do all of this great work, we need YOU!
Contact us via the contact link below to join us today! Welcome!
Ladders bridge past, reach for the stars at PaintUp with Kamammas project in South Africa
A project named Wasteland – Graced land five years in the making and over 25 years as a dream to help an impoverished community, with significant ancient ancestry, has finally started coming true for the residents of Melkhoutfontein, Hessequa, Garden Route in South Africa.
The dreamer is Anthea Rossouw, who is the founder of Dreamcatcher South Africa and the people of Melkhoutfontein. Rossouw’s vision is an integrated socioeconomic development plan that will take what used to be considered a waste land to a grace land. At the heart of this plan is the PaintUp with Kamamma project, the La Bloemen Botanical Garden and the Waste its Mine its Yours project, which officially launched in March 2016. The goal – to improve quality of life in this struggling community and awaken the world to their significance.
Rossouw collaborated with United Kingdom renowned artist Bruce Rimell, whose artistic style brings to life pre-historic and historic images including the Swift People, Khoekhoen people and Strandlopers. Rimell’s knowledge of and passion for early cultures has brought Rossouw’s dream to life. While the seven murals designed by Rimell and painted by him and local volunteers are just the beginning of the project, tourists should not wait to visit Melkhoutfontein. The murals offer a unique South African experience that speaks to art lovers, historians and anthropologists alike. The murals are part of a walking tour that will continue to grow over the next two years as more murals are painted in the community, making Melkhoutfontein the biggest history book in the world.
The PaintUp with Kamama project was officially launched in March with the Honourable Marisa Gerards, ambassador for the Dutch Kingdom, and Karin Bloemen, the Dreamcatcher ambassador and Dutch cabaret, television and stage celebrity, taking part in painting one of the mural and kick-starting the Botanical Garden, developed on a restored waste dump site. These dignitaries were not the only ones to get involved. Community members have embraced the project and are extensively engaged in cleaning up their yards and joining people from around the world in painting their homes.
Exciting an heartwarming news is that a beautiful indigenous plant, has been re-named Karins-Dreamcatcher. Plantimex suppliers of indigenous plans, recently donated 12 specie to the garden. At home immediately, they reward visitors with stunning blooms.
Other tourist points of interest in Melkhoutfontein includes the historical St. Augustine’s Church -and grounds. Built in the area after the land was granted to the community by Queen Victoria, it shares fascinating insights into the life and times of the community. The tiniest, first mortuary in the district on site has been turned into a flower sellers’ cottage where indigenous blooms and plants can be purchased. A Dunlap, USA. April, 2016.