Boksburg Creative Art Centre
The future of artists in the City, especially those around Boksburg and surroundings, is secured with the Boksburg Creative Art Centre being active in shaping their talents.
The art centre is open to aspirant artists who want to refine their talent. Located in a council building in Boksburg CBD at 44 Market Street, the building is over 60 years old, and used to be the Boksburg sheriff’s court. At some stage in the late 1990s the Boksburg City Council allowed artists to use the building, as it was vacant. The first to make use the building was renowned artist Barry de Villiers, a Boksburg resident – hence why locals refer to the building as the Barry de Villiers Art Centre.
“It feels great to have such a facility to help in skills development of both young and old from around Boksburg and surroundings, and make community members create a better livelihood out of the skills learnt and sharpened in the centre,’’ said Thabo Sekoaila, Curator of Visual Arts in the City.
The centre hosts various visual arts and crafts projects. The building contains artist studios, crafters work rooms, store room and a gallery. There are also dress making classes are held in the creative art centre with the intention of offering mostly youth from the surrounding areas to learn dress making skills and be equipped to make a career out of. Classes to learn about the different cultures of indigenous languages such as isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu, are also on offer. The gallery previously exhibited and sold the work of local artists and woodcarvers from Boksburg and Vosloorus.
Classes for different skills development are held weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 08h30 to 14h30. Appointment to attend the classes can be made at the centre on Saturdays. Due to COVID-19 compliance only six (6) people in a class are allowed.
For more information on the Boksburg Creative Art Centre, and those who would like to visit the centre, please contact Thabo on 011 999 8726 or Thabo.Sekoaila@ekurhuleni.gov.za