While I was in Gambia I was introduced to the Wide Open Walls Project – a community project dedicated to bringing tourists to the little village of
Kubuneh, drawn to the art installation.
The project was founded by Lawrence Williams, one of the owners of Makasutu where I was staying in one of the Mandina Lodges.
I visited Kubuneh via canoe across the water to see for myself what the project was all about.
Lawrence has worked with both international and local artists to create living art projects in public spaces.
“We aim to encourage inspiration and urban rejuvenation through special events, initiatives and art
in public space to inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change.” – Lawrence
The project is ongoing and has created many connections between street artists and communities through mural painting,
art workshops and extended interventions.
All the art supplies have come through donations and Lawrence works with a school in Oxford to keep the
Wide Open Walls Project going.
In the future there’ll be a documentary film and, fingers crossed, a coffee table photography book too.
But for now, take a look at these awesome snapshots I managed to capture while I was there among it all.
If you’re ever in the area make sure to pop along, take a look and leave a bit of cash to keep the project going.
By the end of the project there was a real sense of community built between the artists and the villagers,
with friendships created and barriers broken down so that everyone was on the same level. – Lawrence