Re-Imagining Riverlea: A Participatory Arts Project – Exhibition Opening and Performance Showcase

Friday, 13 November 2020

12pm – 3pm

Riverlea Recreation Center, 108 Colorado Dr, Riverlea; and Colorado Park, Riverlea


The Market Photo Workshop, the Market Theatre Laboratory in collaboration with Raw Multimedia conducted the Re-Imagining Riverlea: A Participatory Arts Project. The aim of the project is to facilitate processes for 25 community members of Riverlea to find, explore and represent their stories – not just their present, and the challenges that they currently face, but also their imagined futures, and their reflections on how the past has informed the present. 

Re-Imagining Riverlea commenced on 28 September and will conclude on 14 November 2020 with an outdoor exhibition and performance showcase that will be open to the community of Riverlea and the public at large.

By working with identified ‘micro communities’ within Riverlea – i.e. students, the elderly, people with disabilities, unemployed youth and social activists – the project reflects the diversity of Riverlea and the multitude of lived experiences within it. By using theatre-based methodologies and image making photography the project encourages community engagement and facilitate inter-generational dialogue.

The 25 participants are:

Maribe Trevor Mokgobu – 25
Shandré Thompson – 20
Jason Ariefdien – 30
Yusha Jones – 28
Maxine Goodall – 29  
Roxanne Louw – 28
Thato Mokwena – 24
Thabo Kodikodi – 28
Timolin Lunuburg – 20
Glenn Lehlohonolo Van Wyk – 23
Anthony van Wyk – 34
Celeste Goodall – 26
Eleanor Booysen – 38
Emmanuel Motloutsi – 26
Lesego Chadwin Mamashela – 21
Margo Jacobs – 22
Mcalaster Foster – 22
Océan Buys – 19
Rhaiz Davids aka Ázula Kai Rhaeezah – 26
Xolile Manqele – 22
Nteba Mamomane – 20
Karabo Kaybee Mamomane – 19
Tshepo Mothobi – 21
Mercy Daniels – 35
Montélee Joan Meyers – 20

 About Market Photo Workshop

The Market Photo Workshop is a Johannesburg-based school of photography, gallery and resource centre for practicing photographers. Since its establishment in 1989, the school has played an integral role in the training and growth of photographers from South Africa and further afield, while promoting photography through exhibitions, public debates and collaborative projects, especially within marginalized communities. The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation. Market Photo Workshop is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award 2018.

About Market Theatre Laboratory

The Market Theatre Laboratory trains actors and theatre makers. Founded by Barney Simon and Dr John Kani in 1988, it is the educational arm of the world famous Market Theatre, and has developed into one of the premiere training facilities of its kind in Southern Africa. It has trained exceptional performers and theatre-makers including Olive Schreiner Award winner Phillip Dikotla, three Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winners, Monageng Motshabi (2016), Prince Lamla (2013), and Mncedisi Shabangu (2014), and SAFTA award winners Harriet Manamela, Warren Masemola and Lindiwe Ndlovu. In addition, the Lab has been recognised on multiple platforms for creating excellent theatre that engages with human rights issues.

Deeply embedded in the ethos of the Laboratory is its commitment to providing opportunities to talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to pursue their passion for the arts.

About RAW Multimedia

RAW Multimedia is a registered incorporation based in Riverlea, Gauteng. RAW specialises in sound media, music recording and production. From the research carried out, RAW discovered that there is a high demand for their services in diverse communities; the available community media hubs (radio, recording studios, community TV) are not enough to meet that demand which is why RAW have decided to start a world class media hub. 

RAW’s aim is to stand out among all the community media hubs in Gauteng. They intend to achieve this by establishing a world class media hub in a serene environment and equipped it with standard equipment and gadgets that will help in producing good and quality sounds for clients. 

For more information, please contact:

Bekie Ntini


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Clara Vaughan


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