InAwe Artist Residency

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo

In our May/June 2014 GREENOVATION issue, we introduced you to House Awe, a historic home in Cape Town’s Tamboerskloof, nestled between Table Mountain and the City Bowl.

The home was designed by the one and only Sir Herbert Baker in the 1880s. Beyond being a family home and a guesthouse, over the past five months, from May to September 2014, the Victorian home played host to InAwe, an artist residency programme in collaboration with Between 10 and 5.

Eight Cape Town-based creatives were invited to spend time at InAwe Stays, the four self-catering designer cottages that form part of the expansive property. During that time, they were asked to reflect on their surroundings and create an artwork inspired by the Mother City. The group included rising stars and well-known artists whose names have graced the pages of VISI, such as Lucie de MoyencourtMichael Chandler, Laura Windvogel, and our VISI Jan/Feb 2014 cover artist Jody Paulsen.

The work produced covered a range of media, from Windvogel’s watercolours and Ed Suter’s photography to Paulsen’s famous felt collages. The project was also supported by Nokia, who provided a Lumia 1520 phone for the artist to use during their stay to document their experience.

Check out to get a closer look at the designer cottages the artists called home.