Using art to bring about change

Bid to help local creatives exhibit work at home

CREATIVE BUSINESS: King William’s Town’s Mandima Qunta. Picture: SUPPLIED

King William’s Town local Mandima Qunta hopes to use art to bring about change in her home town.

Qunta first co-founded a sister agency called Matsh Agency with partner Tshepo Mashigo, which provides content for The Fam Event Concept Agency.

“I started this because of my work in the creative space and I saw that there was a need for the service we provide,” she said.

The company supports new and emerging young South African artists by helping them collaborate and exhibit their respective work.

Qunta is part of a creative hub called the J&B Hive where various creative entrepreneurs receive financial support and are groomed to maintain and grow their businesses.

In her long-term plans, Qunta aims to open a local branch of The Fam with a few projects in the pipeline.

“In the end, I want to move back home and work with people of colour. I would like to bring the resources to the people so they do not have to leave home to work,” she said.

For Qunta, one of the most important lessons she has learned is that artists need to expose themselves to what it is they want to do.

“Do not limit yourself, research everything and hone your skills. You also should not be afriad to start from the ground and be humble,” Qunta said.

“I want to open the channels of giving. There are so many Eastern Cape people that would love to give back. We need to make the circle bigger.”

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