“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 2021 Open Studios, PACT will be holding an exhibition at the POP Centre, featuring four young, up-and-coming artists: Elcado Blom (acrylics), Selwyn Maans (photography), Nathan Maans (photography), and Jeffrey Armoed (wire work). Elcado Blom is being taught by artists, Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Mary Anne Botha. Cousins, Selwyn and Nathan Maans are currently doing an internship with photographer Louis Botha.
Contact: Ingrid Wolfaardt
083 631 2904
Facebook: Prince Albert Community Trust
Address: POP Centre, Botterblom Street, North End (1.8km from National Garage)
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.
“My name is Selwyn Maans and I was born and raised in Prince Albert. I am 22 years old and I love photography.
My love for photography began through music videos. In 2018 I saw a local artist from Prince Albert shoot and edit his own music video, and that’s where I got inspired to doing the same. I did a lot of research on it and finally, at the beginning of 2019, I shot my own music video of a local artist. Since then I kept on shooting and editing music videos for local artists in Prince Albert. So far I have produced 11 music videos.
From there I felt that I had to learn more about cameras, not just the video function button but the photo button as well. At the end of 2019, I got the opportunity to take photos at the “Leesfees”.
In 2020 Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) approached me to be in charge of their media project, ‘Knipoog’. Since then, I have documented lockdown and the feeding scheme at the PACT’s Pop youth centre in North End. I have also received training in film and darkroom development this year and am excited to explore documenting my own community.”
Selwyn is currently doing an internship with photographer Louis Botha.
“I am a person who is positive about every aspect of life. There are many things I like to do, to see, and to experience. I like to dream, I like to talk, I like to listen. I like to see the sunrise in the morning, I like to see the moonlight at night; I like to feel the music flowing on my face, I like to look at the clouds in the sky with a blank mind it keeps me calm. I am 24 years of age. What I want from life is to be happy, have a great family and a good job.
What I am trying to communicate through my photos depends on the subject of the photo. If it’s a landscape I want to convey calmness and peace. I also had training last year in film and darkroom development.”
Nathan is currently doing an internship with photographer Louis Botha.
Jeffrey Armoed Wire work