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About public art <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​What is public art?​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>​Public art makes communities and environments more beautiful and helps uplift the spirits of those who see it or experience it; it also tells rich stories about a city’s people and history. </p><h4> Some public art can be touched, including:<br></h4><ul><li>Sculptures</li><li>Paintings</li><li>Graffiti</li><li>Murals</li><li>Mosaics​​</li><li>Statues </li></ul><h4>Some art is performed, such as:<br></h4><ul><li>Dance</li><li>Procession</li><li>Buskers </li><li>Street theatre<br></li></ul><h4>Public art improves public life by:</h4><ul><li>renewing neglected areas; </li><li>making public spaces more beautiful; </li><li>encouraging people to talk about culture; </li><li>increasing the use of public spaces; </li><li>attracting visitors; </li><li>adding to community identity; </li><li>making art accessible to the public; </li><li>increasing collaboration between artists; and </li><li>creating job opportunities for artists.</li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">Busking and performance art</h2><p> Buskers can be found in some of Cape Town’s busiest environments and areas popular with tourists. </p><h4>Hotspots: </h4><ul><li>In the city centre – near Greenmarket Square and along St George’s Mall – where you will find dancers and musicians on most days of the week. <br></li><li>On the cobbled walkway along Government Avenue which connects Wale and Orange Streets. </li></ul><p>Public performances are different and typically forms part of a street festival or larger cultural event. Find out more about <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/events-in-the-city/City-supported-events/signature-cape-town-events">signature events in the city</a>. </p><p>Buskers do not require a permit to perform, but do need to follow certain guidelines set out in our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Arts_Culture_Busking_guidelines.pdf" target="_blank">Public Art and Busking Guidelines</a>. <br></p><h2 class="sectHeading">Find public art</h2><p>Search, browse and explore public art on the Digital Vault, the City of Cape Town’s digital catalogue of permanent and temporary public art and the Civic Collection. Find images, physical descriptions, and the stories that make these items so interesting and important.</p> <span><a href="https://web1.capetown.gov.za/web1/artscul" title="Access the vault" class="btn" target="_blank">Access the vault</a>​​​​​</span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Discover public art</h2><p>We encourage you to explore the city and our neighbourhoods and discover public art. <br></p> <span> <div class="infographic bg-font-adjust-bg">​​​​​​​​​​ <figure><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Inline%20Images/artsfest.jpg" style="margin:0px;width:113px;height:76px;" /></figure><figcaption> <p> <span class="infoGraphicSpan"> <strong>PUBLIC ART CATALOGUE</strong></span><br><br>​​A guide to public art in Cape Town</p> <a title="Download" class="btn dark-blue" href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Public_Art_Catalogue.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="icon download"></i>Download PDF</a> </figcaption> </div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Apply for a temporary public art permit<br></h2><p>If you would like to paint an existing structure, add a structure or perform public art, you will need to get a permit from the City. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Licences-and-permits/Public-art/Apply-for-a-public-art-permit/Apply%20for%20a%20public%20art%20permit">Apply for a public art permit </a> </p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Contact us</h2><p> <em>Email:<br><a href="mailto:Public.Art@capetown.gov.za">Public.Art@capetown.gov.za</a></em></p>GP0|#56063c1f-29c7-4fd1-9e40-6638ef274839;L0|#056063c1f-29c7-4fd1-9e40-6638ef274839|About public art;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#6c76e2f7-4cbf-462e-b191-de905f1ae159;GPP|#07a08cd3-03c2-4703-bb40-76a6c7a471e0;GPP|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;GP0|#ec777604-683e-4a8e-8e73-e73aa9ef434d;L0|#0ec777604-683e-4a8e-8e73-e73aa9ef434d|About public art;GPP|#e001a681-3daf-44ca-a7eb-6fa983dcd6e3;GPP|#0c2420be-c66e-49a2-a10b-86921ae3c3c2;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752Find out why public art improves the lives of Cape Town residents and what recent public art projects can be seen in the city.0

 

 

 

 

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