“The Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) is committed to serving as a change agent by making a lasting impact through empowering and enabling the youth of the greater area it serves, while fighting to transform the current status quo of inequality still so deeply embedded in our society. We have three focus areas where we strategically place our interventions and investment – education, health and well-being, and youth and skills development. We believe that these are the areas where we can have the biggest impact and drive transformation.”
For the June 2023 Open Studios, PACT will be holding an exhibition at the POP Centre, featuring the following:
Elcado Blom was born in Leeu Gamka 23 years ago. He attended Zwartberg High School in Prince Albert and left the school in grade 10, due to personal circumstances. He remembers his first drawing at the age of 7, it was of a duck and at 14 he did his first painting of a dovecote.
At the beginning of 2019, Heloise Vorster of Leeu Gamka contacted the community trust of Prince Albert, asking for someone to help this young man go further.
Louis Jansen van Vuuren, based in France began with long distance teaching of Elcado daily. This was prompted by the Prince Albert Community Trust.
Elcado met Louis in 2020 at the Woordfees for the first time. He paints and draws daily and has sold of his work to clients as far as Mississippi, USA. His work is charming and mostly reflects the landscape and life of a small Karoo town.
Mary Anne Botha, a Prince Albert artist, also assists Elcado with classes.
Facebook: Prince Albert Community Trust
Address: POP Centre, Botterblom Street, North End (1.8km from National Garage)