Sun 26 Mar 2017, 15:00
The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory is an innovative art exhibition that will do what the Powerpuff Girls do best - celebrate creativity, expression, empowerment and fun.
Cartoon Network, South Africa’s leading pay-tv kids’ channel, is proud to announce another African first in partnership with the very successful free cultural experience, First Thursdays Cape Town. The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory is an innovative art exhibition that will do what the Powerpuff Girls do best - celebrate creativity, expression, empowerment and fun, while at the same time empowering young girls and giving back to the community with Rock Girl South Africa.
Featuring an exhibition of unique Powerpuff Girls screen-prints by 10 of South Africa’s best artists and illustrators, the event will take place at 91 Loop in Cape Town and run from Thursday 6 April 2017 to Tuesday 2 May 2017.
“The PPG Art Factory is not just about fun – proceeds raised from the sale of the artwork will be donated to Rock Girl South Africa, a local girl-led NGO that advocates for the rights of girls and women,” says Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Europe and Africa for Turner Africa.
Rock Girl is a grassroots movement that inspires, encourages, and invests in girl-initiated and girl-focused projects in the private and public sectors. The organisation seeks to reduce violence against women and girls through the creation of safe spaces. “Girls who are part of Rock Girl are modern day adventurers, explorers, activists, and authors – telling their own stories and laying a strong foundation for their own futures,” adds India Baird, Rock Girl founder. “Just like the Powerpuff Girls, they have a ‘Power Pose’ that helps them prepare to take on the challenges in their lives.”
As part of the Safe Spaces public art and education initiative, Rock Girl creates symbolic safe spaces, in the form of beautiful benches, by partnering with artists, designers and corporates. Cartoon Network, in partnership with Rock Girl South Africa, will unveil the latest Safe Spaces bench at The PPG Art Factory which will form part of the innovative exhibition.
Some of the talented artists taking part at the PPG Art Factory include Tandiwe Tsabala, Ello Xray Eyez, Quondile Dlamini, Jade Klara, Tyla Mason, Ndumiso Nyoni, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Anja Nanna Venter, Kgabo Mametja and Jeanne Fourie. “The local creative spirit in South Africa is phenomenal and this creativity is at the core of the PPG Art Factory and the Powerpuff Girls. We are exceptionally proud to be part of such an innovative undertaking,” says Branco.
Cartoon Network’s collaboration with First Thursdays Cape Town, a free cultural experience where art galleries stay open late on the first Thursday of every month, is another great initiative as it makes art accessible to everyone, and gives Powerpuff Girls fans an opportunity to own their own piece of bespoke PPG art.
Those attending The PPG Art Factory on Thursday 6 April 2017 will not only have the chance to view art, but will have the opportunity to participate in creating a one-of-a-kind Powerpuff Girl tote bag at the screen-printing bar, through this tactile hands-on experience.
“Turner is proud of our audience on the African continent and to show our commitment to Africa, Cartoon Network is investing in more local inspired initiatives, using some of Africa’s best and most inspiring talents,” concludes Branco. “The PPG Art Factory promises to be all that the Powerpuff Girls are – cool, fun, fierce and visually exciting, while teaching that you are enough to take on the world.”