THE BRIDGES PROJECT

TEAGAN PEACOCK

KWAZULU – NATAL

The ReRouting Arts Festival is an annual festival of multidisciplinary work and public performance and engagement.  One of ReRouting Arts Festival’s goals is to create opportunities to support urban regeneration of the inner and greater city area of Pietermaritzburg.  One such project which had been planned for the 2020 festival was the renewal of bridges in Pietermaritzburg, where local artists were invited to design murals on selected bridges around the city.

In and around the many bridges of Pietermaritzburg runs rich histories, however often overlooked by its inhabitants and visitors. Approaching the bridges the artists were challenged to give them new life as well as use them to engage people in discussion on relevant issues including pollution, city communities and environments.

The six artists involved were: Jono Hornby, Siyabonga Ngubane, Megan Moore, Ryan Allan aka Eyekoo,

Siyabonga Sikosana and Eloff Pretorius.  The PESP funds were to be used to pay these artists for their work and create a film version of engagement with these bridges by way of a virtual tour.

The film which was commissioned, is largely complete however remains unpaid for as PESP funds have not been released by the NAC.  The film enables publics regardless of location to join what can be described as a guided tour of the bridges, their geographical and community context. The history of the bridge and contest as well as the artists and the murals they painted are presented through researcher and artist interviews and reflection on the themes raised by the artists in their work

Director

Tegan Peacock

Mural artists

Eloff Pretorius

Siyabonga Ngubane

Siyabonga Sikosana

Ryan Allen aka Eyekoo

Jono Hornby

Megan Moore

Film crew

The Editroom – Tami and Dylan Marriot and team

Researcher

Simon Haw

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tegan Peacock

Tegan Peacock is a performance artist and creator, currently based in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Through her work she aims to rethink, redefine and redirect the creation of art and believes in using art as a tool to address accessibility and create dialogue, in order to bring about social change.  She founded, performed and choreographed as part of ReRouted Dance Theatre (now Rerouting Arts Project). Through the collective’s collaborative design, she has worked with artists from different artistic genres, creating works that have been presented at festivals, both nationally and internationally.

In 2019, Tegan conceptualized and actualized the first ReRouting Arts Festival. The festival is site-specific in nature and presents multi-disciplinary content in diverse public spaces. The city of PMB becomes an artistic playground for its artists and community. Addressing accessibility to spaces and the arts the festival aims to give artists a platform to engage with the local community while building bridges between different cultures.

Eloff Pretorius:

Eloff Pretorius is a Pietermaritzburg based artist and printmaker. Pretorius completed a Masters in Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2018 researching and developing alternative etching materials and processes to improve safety in etching studios. Pretorius has held one academic solo exhibition at the Jack Heath Gallery and has participated in group exhibitions at the Jack Heath and KZNSA Galleries. Pretorius runs educational printmaking workshops and fine art print editioning in Partnership with the Caversham Press, Giverny Country Studios and the Old Mushroom Farm in Karkloof.

Siyabonga Ngubane

SiyabongaNgubane was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1991 and is currently living with her family of ten: grandmother, mother, uncles, sisters, nieces and one daughter.  She attended primary school in Khethindlelenhle Primary School and attended Nsikayethu Comprehensive School in Imbali.  She did not study art as her High School did not offer subjects relating to the arts.  She remembers being in a programme called Love LIFE in Primary School which was run by Mr. Nazo where some arts approaches were taught, but it was only a short term project.  She attended the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal where I have learned to work across various media, from digital arts and ceramics to printmaking.  Her preferred medium is printmaking, she says it gives her peace, especially when she is carving on a piece of Lino.  She achieved the certificate of merit in her third year for printmaking.  As a young printmaker one of her works traveled to China and was exhibited in a big art gallery. She has also exhibited in Durban ArtSpace with the group of students studying at UKZN.  She has donated four of her prints in the Tatham Art Gallery to the Fabulous Picture Show, in which she was one of the top ten selling artist.

Siyabonga Sikosana

Siyabonga was born in Edendale near Pietermaritzburg. His talent was nurtured by his high school teachers and his weekly art classes at the Tatham Art Gallery.  He studied textile design and technology at the Durban Institute of Technology. His constant attendance at the Tatham Art Gallery’s art classes led to financial support for his studies. He illustrated a number of books while working on a freelance basis in illustration and portraiture. This was followed by some commissions, including murals for government and private business.  Sikosana has participated in numerous group exhibitions and in 2004, had his first solo exhibition at the Tatham Art Gallery.  He was chosen by KwaZulu Natal tourism to represent South Africa in an Art in the Park exhibition in New Zealand.  Siyabonga uses his history and knowledge of growing up in Edendale as inspiration for his works. As such his work contain socio-economic statements fused with humour and irony.

Jono Hornby

Jono is a mural artist from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. After attaining a diploma in visual communication, Jono spent three years freelancing in various creative fields including a position as creative director for AFRA, a land rights NGO, in which he directed a series of videos and documentaries that used street art and animation to address rights awareness in the farming sector in South Africa. With a background in graffiti, he began to pursue a career in street art, focusing on visual commentary and aiming to understand and reflect on societal issues. “Street art has the power to change the way we engage with our surroundings. It’s free and accessible and allows the viewer a way of engaging with imagery in unexpected spaces while offering a welcome break from the monotony of daily living”. While his stylistic approach connects his work, he also aims for a variety of different subject matter, keeping his work dynamic and relevant.

Ryan Allen aka Eyekoo

His mother calls him Ryan, but he calls himself Eyekoo. A Port Elizabeth-based illustrator in a complicated relationship with his sketchbook. Often found staring quietly at blank walls and into tins of paint. Violent coffee addiction. Known to yawn like a wookiee.  His work varies from the more serious mixed media works that deal with Nature, people, and the relationship between the two, to more light-hearted, digital, comic-style work of endangered animals armed with bulldozers and flamethrowers, dodgy self-portraits, and pigeons that think they’re gangsta.   

Megan Moore

Megan Moore has nurtured her interest in art and creating for as long as she can remember. She studied Fine Arts at Rhodes University where she majored in Photography and Painting. While in Grahamstown she busied herself with work in Galleries, as well as photographing the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Megan spent 2 years living in Vietnam where she took the time to travel across Asia, and ran her own Jewelry line – Dear Sparrow. She is now back on African soil, where she is co-founder of The Aesthete and creating art.

The Edit Room

The Edit Room is an end to end Production House. They specialize in out-the-box content creation. They are home to a creative collective, servicing creative clients.