Awesome street art residency in Cape Town

Artist residency programmes don’t usually conjure up images of New-York style loft living, but the Side Street Studios residency in Cape Town, South Africa is out to challenge the stereotype…  and throw in a pinball machine too.

Hosted by entrepreneur and street-art fundi Elad Kirshenbaum, the residency offers artists from outside South Africa the chance to get creative, connect with local artists and experience Cape Town’s thriving creative scene.

Side Street Studios

Side Street Studios spans three buildings in Woodstock, a tough area in Cape Town city with some great walls for street art. The buildings provide studio spaces to rent for creatives of every kind, including musicians, visual artists and artisans.

…Originally a lot of the buildings were run down and derelict and artists were allowed to do their own thing that immediately improved the look and feel of the building.” – Elad Kirshenbaum

We were lucky enough to stay in the residency space on a recent trip to Cape Town, and the experience was awesome.

Elad is a true rarity:  an accomplished business man with a genuine passion for edgy creative work. Elad’s studio spaces are bursting with original works by Shepard Fairey, Black Koki and Blu, to name a few.

Artist Residency Cape Town

There is an atmosphere of unrestricted creativity, with chance hallway conversations with other artists sparking all kinds of inspiration.

How to get involved

The residency was created primarily for international street artists, but artists in any discipline may apply if they have a project that fits with the Side Street vibe.

The stylish accommodation includes a workspace, fridge, washing machine, TV, bed and pinball machine.

Artists Residency Cape Town

Artists selected for the residency will get to make work, connect with other artists and see art around the city.  In return, you give the studio one or two pieces of your artwork.  That’s it!

You can visit the residency page on Side Street’s site or contact Elad Kirshenbaum directly at

* Quote from I Love Woodstock interview with Elad Kirshenbaum

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