TWO Kenya-based artists have celebrated the power of art, creativity and collaboration through a new street mural that has been completed in Elizabeth.
The painting is featured on one of the walls at Northern Sound System and was commissioned by not-for-profit group Sanaa Ink and Playford Council as part of the annual Sanaa Street Festival.
As part of the event, which runs in conjunction with the Adelaide Fringe, five Kenyan artists and one from Senegal were brought to Adelaide to contribute to local street art murals around the
Nairobi-based artists, known as Kaymist and Swift9, designed and created the colourful mural, which is visible from Woodford Road and represents a Bob Marley jam session and features
many other aspects of different artists making music.
“Northern Sound System is a musical place, so we want everyone who walks by to know that this place is for creative people and they should feel free, just like creative people are,” Kaymist said.
Swift9 said the mural was one of the biggest he’d worked on, and he found it pleasing to see passers-by stopping to have a look.
“On the first day nobody noticed it, but a few days later, when the colour started showing up, people stopped looking at their phones and started looking up,” he said.
“It means that the artwork is doing its work.”
The festival has also seen young artists take part in a number of inclusive art workshops, facilitated by the Northern Adelaide Senior College.
Workshops included creating fashion items from recycled materials, as well as poetry sessions led by hip-hop artist and Northern Sound System product ‘DyspOra’.
Swift9 said the festival is a great way for people to embrace their differences, collaborate and learn new things about different cultures.
“It’s important because the diversity increases creativity and it opens up all these different barriers that we have placed in our lives,” he said.
“If you’re doing it alone, you’d probably have something different.
“Now that you’re doing it with people from different countries, who speak different languages, it increases your knowledge and it can become powerful.”