How artists can sustainably earn a living
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How artists can sustainably earn a living

Some of the Creative Block artworks, created on 18cm x 18cm blocks and bought for resale to corporate patrons and the public. Connecting the arts and business enables artists to sustainably earn a living. And a visually spectacular manifestation of such a partnership is the Creative Block project, an initiative of Spier Arts Trust, a patron to artists across the African continent. Select artists are invited to transform 18cm x 18cm blank blocks using any medium they choose. The finished works are submitted for critique at regular submission days in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, and the best are bought for resale at R1500 each to corporate patrons and the public. More than 250 participating artists are involved in the project. Patrick Rapai, 42, is a fine artist who majored in painting and sculpture. He joined Creative Block about two years ago. “We start the process by painting on blocks, then from there you develop to a canvas and bigger projects,” he says. “My paintings are inspired by the African landscapes and places that I visit. I’ve travelled extensively in Europe and the US, mostly in Chicago and Michigan, and that’s where I draw my inspiration from […]

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