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Open Walls: Art in public spaces in Gambia 0

Founded by Lawrence Williams, Wide Open Walls is a project to turn villages in Gambia (under the Ballabu Conservation Project) into living art and also promote the Gambia as a tourist destination.

Collaborating with Write on Africa (The South African organisation for community art based in Cape Town), they focused on  inspiring others and themselves with art in public spaces. Taking place from 3-17 June 2011 Wide Open Walls invited street artists from Bushdwellers (The Gambia), ROA (Belgium), Know Hope (Israel), Remed (Madrid), TIKA (Switzerland), Freddy Sam (SA), Selah (SA), and Best Ever (UK), the artist were selected because of their attitude in making and sharing art.

Some of the art included the community participating as they held workshops and had a chance to connect with the community. The project was documented by South African photographer, Jonx Pillemer, Sydelle Willow Smith and filmmaker Rowan Pybus. The project plans to release a DVD of the work process in August.

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