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Taxi Art Education Programme Activities

Regii – aka Regii Mental – the coordinator of the Taxi Art Education Programme (TAEP), has been very busy getting TAEP participants ready to exhibit their works. He started out organizing a promotional exhibit at the Carlton Centre to generate public awareness of the programme. The artists, none of whom have had any

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Regii – aka Regii Mental – the coordinator of the Taxi Art Education Programme (TAEP), has been very busy getting TAEP participants ready to exhibit their works. He started out organizing a promotional exhibit at the Carlton Centre to generate public awareness of the programme. The artists, none of whom have had any formal art training, also had an opportunity to create income by sketching portraits of interested passers by. This was a very successful endeavour as many participated in the event including the Carlton Centre management who had portraits commissioned by the TAEP participants.

Recently Regii has been at it again, getting the artists to exhibit in their workspace at the Diepkloof Zone One Library. This was orchestrated to give the artists a feel as to the tone of an exhibition, and how work should be presented, promoted and priced. The exhibition ran for 2 weeks.

Currently the participants are exhibiting in the Michaelis Art Library section of the Johannesburg Central Library on the corner of Fraser and Market Streets in town, where the TAEP holds regular drawing classes. The exhibition opened on the 3rd of July and closes on the 31st. The opening featured the poet Regii Mental, singer Jimmy Diamond and a cappella singers Precious and Pearl.

Every Saturday the artists have a stand in New Town opposite Museum Africa from 9am to 4pm, where they busk and sketch. This is a great opportunity to view the artists in action. On the first day of their display people brought them photographs to creatively interpret. If this sounds like a cultural event you would like to support, the Taxi artists would really appreciate it.

The Taxi Art Education Programme is an initiative by David Krut Arts Resource in collaboration with the Michaelis Art Library and Diepkloof Library to offer drawing and life skills to learners and others who are interested in art but who have no access to formal training.