Lesley Perkes Lesley Perkes Nadine Hutton/ 2point8.co.za


Arguably most well-known for creating a bridge between the corporate and government sector and the world of imagination, Lesley Perkes says that she “revels in the tightrope walk”.

Lesley is a serious Joburger, public arts producer, arts-activiste, writer, speaker-performer and mommy of one beautiful son. She is the CEO of artatwork from whose inner city Troyeville office she delves into the neglected, seemingly impossible places in our separated landscapes and hearts. Using unique approaches to public arts nationally through artatwork, Lesley has produced many of the permanent and temporary sculptural installations and a number of strong performance-artworks by hundreds of professional artists since 2005.

Increasingly, so that she “does not die of spreadsheet”, Lesley also works as an independent multi-disciplinary artist and writer. She writes and performs original prose in ‘pitch black’ style taking an activist stance against unfair political and business habits, especially those that result in skyline eyesores.

Currently, while artatwork implements spectacle public art including the world-famous Joburg Art City project (tell it like you want it babe), she is implementing a series of own-sponsored public art and performance projects, titled ‘neighbourhood target practice’ including collaborative works in inner city public space. For the last year and a half, Lesley has almost solely devoted herself to the Hillbrow Tower Precinct project - an initiative to realise an urban upgrade with imagination with the Hillbrow Tower as a central feature in the sky.

For her complete CV or to book an instigator-speaker-performer session, please contact: 

Bethea Clayton

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Recent + Highlight Speaker Sessions / Awards


TED2013. February 27th in California.

New Imaginaries Symposium, 21 February 2013 at the Goethe Institute. 10 minutes of saying whatever she likes. Ha!

Joburg Public Art Conference, 2012 on Joburg Art City and the 8 years it took to make it happen.

Talking Heads, 2012 - an intimate conversation around a table where Lesley spoke about why she wants to go to TED in California next year. Read more about this here: http://www.africacentre.net/talking-heads

Audition for TED 2013 Conference in California, 2012

Standard Bank Group, Small Business and Neighbourhood, 2012

Keynote Address The Landscape Institute Awards 2008

Keynote Address University of Pretoria Built Environment Department Opening 2009

Featured in Mail & Guardian Book of Women 2011

Johannesburg Development Agency Public Art Conference Opening Address 2012

Presentation for Sanlam: The Image of the Nation 2009

Gibs Conference Nation Value and Imagination

Africa Centre Talking Heads 2011

Business and Arts South Africa Awards for Cell C, Sunday Times and Sandton Central

Business and Arts South Africa Award Nominations for Joburg Art City, Cratefan by Coca Cola and 2010 World Cup Projects for Gauteng Government



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