Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT)

“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 2022 Open Studios, PACT will be holding an exhibition at the POP Centre, featuring Knipoog a group of photographers and artist Elcado Blom

Contact: Ingrid Wolfaardt
083 631 2904
Instagram: @p_a_c_trust
Facebook: Prince Albert Community Trust
Address: POP Centre, Botterblom Street, North End (1.8km from National Garage)

Elcado Blom

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 on a daily basis. 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 on a monthly basis with classes.

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Selwyn Maans is a local youngster from North End and is the head of Knipoog Media, the in-house media crew for PACT who provide all visuals videos and posters for the social media platforms. This will be Selwyn’s 4th participation in the Open Studio event.

Selwyn Maans