The Cape Town museum relocates animation and its social impact.
Walk into Ahem! At the observatory’s main road, art collective coffee shops and galleries, you will be pulled up to the wall. That’s because they are decorated with incredible illustrations and animations that you can’t see anywhere else in the city.
In the suburbs of the Cape Town observatory there are many areas under the radar of the flying tourist scene. Most of the suburbs also fell into disrepair. Locals, however, are mainly students, artists, professional idlers and young professional people, carefree Bohemian atmosphere of Obs, odd restaurant and coffee shop, and strong community spirit are really know and love. If you have a very specific reason, many outsiders tend to see it as a low-key destination worth seeing. But a new gallery and cafe aims to change that.
Ahem! The art collective is looking for an exciting new art gallery and the space of the coffee shop space observatory’s rough edge creative spirit. The concept is based on London’s illustrated cabinets and has a very clear social message. As an art teacher, the boss, Barbara Langridge, is enthusiastic about nurturing and developing talent. When the founders found no special place in Cape Town’s “illustrator”, she decided to start from scratch with the curator, DE klerk.
Ahem! Art collective is not only a comfortable space, it is full of interesting works. According to langridge, her work “involves changing the space around us on the main road, which is through art to promote the decaying regions”. She recently placed an art installation on the wall of the infamous “trump tower” at the observatory. Unfortunately one of them was stolen.
Ahem also provides a platform for a group of artists who are often marginalized in the main industry in Cape Town. According to Langridge, the art scene in Cape Town makes it difficult for “non-art” illustrators to show their work, forcing many to retreat to the online world. Many animators also work in large creative teams, with little personal recognition. Correcting these two problems is at the heart of its operation.
Most of the work on display comes from local artists, such as Ree Treweek, Thea Nicole DE Klerk and Joh Del, who produce art for big companies, or simply create art for it. But more and more international influence is creeping into the gallery. Russia’s Aleksandr Petrov, New Zealander Greg Broadmore and Nigeria’s John o ‘brien.
The gallery aims to showcase some of the best artists in the genre and to break the stigma associated with illustrator and animators. It brings the local landscape to contemporary artists, providing a thought-provoking and engaging space for visitors to have a full day’s breakfast and a very strong cup of coffee. And when you think about all the things on the outskirts of the observatory, this little gallery with a big heart is the perfect choice.