WHO WE ARE
Our Workshop consists of an amazing, resilient group of people – in alphabetical order:
Gina van der Ploeg
Luthando (Benji) Pato
Together we are co-creating a new way to look at the traditional NPO structure.
We’re growing a new strand.
Great article about social design:
Calling for interns!
We would welcome more design or fine art students/graduates to join us at Our Workshop. We’ve had a number of international interns, but in line with our purpose to create a more intercultural and interracial shared space, we could really use more people from the ‘leafy suburbs’ as members in Langa: more cars, more laptops in the group.
It’s an amazing opportunity for young designers and artists to learn more about their own city.
“Being a team member of Our Workshop since January 2019 has been the greatest privilege. As somebody who finds intrinsic value in human interaction and connection, I really appreciate how Our Workshop has introduced me to some special friends and fellow colleagues. Through these relationships, as well as the many Our Workshop projects in which I was included, I have learnt much in terms of teamwork skills, ideation, project management, sharing resources and knowledge, and true creative collaboration/making. Not only this though: through Our Workshop and its team members, I have been given a valuable introduction to a community and area of Cape Town which would have otherwise been very unfamiliar and unapproachable to me. In this way I have learnt much about the immense diversity and disparity of the South African socio-economic climate, and the importance of creating friendships and alliances between people/organizations of differing life experiences, languages, cultures, locations, races, etc. I feel that the OW philosophy, its projects and especially its people have inspired me and challenged me to think creatively and critically about our fractured society, and how artistic, collaborative work can make a small (but important) step in healing it.”
– Ella Petousis, Our Workshop member and intern