Open Studio has fast become a key site for on-going learning and services: This bi-weekly after-school and weekend for at risk youth and children with disabilities is designed to encourage thinking and cultivate creative capacity in a collaborative, supportive environment. The program also builds on school curriculums by using art to develop life skills and improve learning outcomes. The space is 'open' in the sense that there is an open invitation extended to children to join the space, and engage with a consistent stream of senior Lefika Community Art Counsellors, artists, students, volunteers and interns who are actively participating in the Open Studio for on-site learning and group facilitation. The Open Studio also extends into holiday periods, which provides a continuum of support over these periods


In early 2014 Lefika was awarded Lotto and RMB funding which collectively realised the implementation of 16 art counselling groups in Gauteng, Tshwane and Limpopo, collectively reaching 746 direct beneficiaries recieving a share of over 800 hours of intensive art counselling. Beneficiaries included Jabulani Khakibos children's home, Norman House for Young Offenders, Teddy Bear Clinic Diversion Programme, Sibonile School for the Blind, Zimaleni School for the disabled, Children's Disability Centre and Malumalele, Ennerdale Community Centre


Since our inception 20 years ago we have trained an existing body of 200 highly experienced Community Art Counsellors many of whom are active in communities throughout South Africa, reaching hundreds of beneficiaries and promoting psychosocial change through the arts. In recent years, we have built up our infrastructure considerably and have also introduced a social entrepreneurial module to our training, promoting sustainable arts outcomes. Annually we showcase the artworks that have resulted from training and applied group work, which includes work done by children, youth, artists, woman and other communities. In 2013 we held an exhibition and workshops for educators and learners at Constitution Hill reaching an average of 400 learners - creating a social action forum during Child Protection week.

Dr Hayley Berman

Dr Hayley Berman

Hayley is an Art Psychotherapist , social activist, practicing artist and  the Founding Director of Lefika La Phodiso , an NGO in the inner city Johannesburg training Community Art Counsellors. In addition, she  has a private practice working with individuals and couples . Hayley completed her BAFA (Hons) at Wits University in 1990 and trained in the U.K.  at St Albans in 1991 as an Art Therapist.  In 2012 she  completed her PhD degree in psycho-social studies at The University of Western England, Bristol. 

She is affiliated to the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation and the  Institute of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa. She has presented at several local and International conferences and published articles in both the UK and South Africa. She is a registered member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and of  the British Association of Art Therapists

Luke Lamprecht

Luke Lamprecht

Luke Lamprecht is a facilitator and board member at the Art Therapy Centre and a director at Fight with Insight. He is a long standing advocate for child protection and as such is a convenor for the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum, legal advocacy spokesperson for Women and Men Against Child Abuse and Development officer for the Shaken and Abused Baby Initiative as part of the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children. He supervises for the South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse organisation.

In his influential career he has held the position of Executive Director of the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre, the Bigshoes Foundation, who provided medical management of abandoned babies as well as paediatric palliative care. He acted as the Project Manager for Child Abuse and Neglect Protocol at RAU University and the Department of Social Development.

He began his career as a Crisis Counsellor and Place of Safety Project Manager for Childline and Child and Youth Care Worker for Johannesburg Child Welfare Society. He is currently a MSc Candidate in Neurodevelopment at Wits Medical School completing his research on child murders in the Johannesburg area and runs a small consultancy.