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Rural kids exhibit art at famous gallery

Learners from Isibane Primary School from zone 8, Mdantsane attended their first art exhibition at the Anne Bryant Gallery to appreciate the work of rural school children at the Artists in Schools Exhibition that will run until October 12.

Over 150 rural children had the honour to exhibit their artwork at the famous Anne Bryant Gallery, under the theme ’25 years of Democracy’.

These are children whose imaginations and creativity is sparked by the arts from public schools and art centres. The 2019 Eastern Cape Artists in Schools project marks five years under the directive of the Guild Theatre. The pilot project commissioned 30 professional artists to mentor learners in some 15 schools in arts and drama.

“There is a lack of arts education understanding, especially in disadvantaged communities. Resources have been broken down to give attention to challenges that students and artists had in the past, and to focus on improving the project’s effectiveness and accessibility to produce high-quality arts,” said programme coordinator Reggie Densta.

This is a collaboration between EL’s Guild Theatre, the provincial department of Education and the national Department of Arts and Culture.

The children’s work varies from paintings, drawings, sculptures, clay work and crafts.

Children focused their art on their freedom heroes, housing, their aspirations and living conditions. One artist put together a 3D piece of a squatter camp and glued in the litter that he sees every day from cigarette buds, beer lids to sardine tins.

Densta adds, “We want artists, curators, art buyers, gallery owners out of these children, people that understand the value of art. We hope this platform will give these young people the best arts-learning experience.” The exhibition will end on October 12, with an award ceremony where some of the chosen art pieces will be auctioned for the benefit of the children and their schools.


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