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Saturday, September 7, 2019


(An example of Ewok’s work in Durban)

Early Childhood Development to benefit from exciting FNB sponsored Festival Project.

Thanks to the generosity of First National Bank, the 2019 Hilton Arts Festival is proud to announce an exciting and unusual “to auction” project. Festival-goers will be able to watch the art being created and auctioned before their very eyes!

Come to the Hilton Arts Festival (in the grounds of Hilton College near Pietermaritzburg), make your way to the FNB Art Block to watch EWOK transform the side of an entire building on Friday and Saturday September 13 and 14.

This iconic professional painter and aerosol artwork specialist, has an intriguing  plan up his sleeve.  Record your bid while having a selfie taken with EWOK …. he may even need your help!

If you cannot be there, email your bid in advance to no later than September 12.  At 18h00 on Saturday September 14 there will be a live auction, taking the highest pre-recorded bid as the reserve price.

iPalette (plying on the prominence of digital painting in cutting edge contemporary art and design) , #wonderwall,  #helpinghands are all clues to the theme of the artwork.

To know more you will simply have to be there to see it happen.  And then … you can also be part of the rolling auction enabling you to “buy” the artwork (and an original EWOK signed canvas to take home with you). All funds raised from the auction will go to several Early Childhood Development charities.

Shaun Edmeston, Head of Niches at FNB Business, said: “we are excited to partner with the Hilton Arts Festival to make the innovative “art to auction” project a reality. Art is an important part of our history and continues to play a significant role in shaping the culture of society as well as Early Childhood Development. FNB remains committed to supporting initiatives that not only promote nation building, but empower and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.”

Paul Venter, Executive Director of Art and Culture at Hilton College, said: “Graffiti and Street Art is relevant to all people of all ages – it inspires thought and creativity amongst children in their early years, teenagers trying to make sense of the world and adults who enjoy being challenged. All festival visitors will be interested in this EWOK piece and it’s wonderful that all proceeds go to a good cause.”

Everything iainEWOKrobinson knows about painting murals he learned from Graffiti and Street Art.

As an established Hip Hop activist and educator he combines his roots in urban art with his passion for teaching. With over 15 years experience as a professional aerosol artist he has clocked up walls from Paris to Mumbai. Most of his work is on home soil and he has enjoyed painting around the country, racking up a list of out of the way walls from Underberg to Grahamstown. A pioneering member of Durban’s original What Kind crew, he has participated on projects with South African legends Falko and Faith47, as well as collaborating regularly with fellow Durbanite, DaneStops.

Ewok is a member of the KZN Society for the Arts. A regular collaborator with the gallery, having worked on a number of prominent murals on site and nearby in Glenwood, he also conducts workshops as part of the gallery’s ongoing arts education programming.

In 2014, Ewok was among the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans selection. He is a featured artist in Graffiti South Africa (Schiffer Publishing, 2014). In 2016, he exhibited on canvas at the African Art Centre as part of group show The Shift. He was selected by the KZNSA to paint a 20th anniversary mural around the theme “Green City”.

Bookings for the festival itself are open online –  - where you can also download the full programme and a list of where hard copy programmes are available.   You can also book at the Box Office at Hilton College should you not wish to book online. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT – all instructions are on the site which is secure.  All queries on 033 383 0126 /

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in  association with  Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR,  Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture,  BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel,  Maritzburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.