2016 Event

Painting it Forward Cape Town - 24 & 25 September 2016 - Karl Bremer Hospital Ward 4C


Painting it forward 2016

On the weekend of 24-25th September we had our third Painting It Forward project. We hoped to have another wonderfully uplifting experience with artists, volunteers and members of the community working together to make it a success. We looked forward to the many murals that would be decorating the passages by the end of the weekend. It was with a great deal of excitement that we made our way to the paediatric ward at Karl Bremer Hospital on the Saturday morning. 

The passages were a-buzz with artists and volunteers eagerly wanting to get started on the project.  The ease and prompt reaction with which artists and volunteers signed up this year to be a part of the project made it very clear how quickly Painting It Forward has become a much-loved community project.

The first task was getting everyone signed up, making sure the necessary indemnities were acknowledged and accepted as well. And then it was off into the passage which the Karl Bremer staff had kindly (and most helpfully) prepped beforehand.

Next up was wiping down the walls, taping off the corners with masking-tape and then applying the basecoat. Before too long the artists were able to start on their murals, while volunteers keenly took to filling up the bottom section of the walls.

Day 1 drew to a successful close.

It was off to an early start on Sunday morning. The enthusiasm, gratitude and excitement of Karl Bremer's nursing personnel brought an unexpected air of humility to this year's project, so there was no doubt that the walls needed their 'mark' as well.

Everybody pitched in and the day was a peaceful gathering of artists, volunteers and staff who completed their work and cleaned up with joy and wonderment at what was around them. Such a beautiful collection of inspiring murals.

See all the work here:

Cape Town 2016 Karl Bremer Hospital Gallary

And more on our album on



Taking on a project of this nature would not have been possible were it not for the overwhelming generosity with which sponsors contributed, yet again.  We humbly offer our thanks and gratitude to:

QUALITY PAINT SUPPLIES for, as mentioned, sponsoring all the paint needed for the project

FRANCO FRAZZITTA who supplied the brushes, paint trays, mutton-cloth and masking tape

IAN DICKIE GROUP who sponsored the food and refreshments

GLACIER (by Sanlam) who supplied the artists with Posca Acrylic Pens

PREMIER SCAFFOLDING & KONIC HOME BUILDERS who helped transport equipment

KENRIDGE PRIMARY & TYGERBERG HOSPITAL SCHOOL for the use of their projectors

STEPHAN DU TOIT PHOTOGRAPHY for offering up his entire weekend to take photos

CANDICE RODRIGUES PHOTOGRAPHY for her awesome donation of toys to the ward, as well as contributing to the photos on Sunday afternoon

One can look through the pictures and listen to the feedback given by those who took part in the event, but you really have to be a part of it to experience the incredible vibe upon which the project flows. Rest assured, there are many more Painting It Forward projects in the pipeline...watch this space! Of course we absolutely have to close out with some pictures of the murals.  While it would certainly be wonderful to include a pic of each and every mural, practicality dictates otherwise.  And so, as blogger, I have the awesome privilege of getting to choose some of my favourites.  To everyone who contributed to the project, from the distributing of the paint and brushes to the painting of the magnificent murals, a super WELL DONE! You guys rock!

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