Southern Guild launches Closer Still, a humanitarian response to support Afrika Tikkun during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 30% of sales from this online exhibition will be donated to Afrika Tikkun’s COVID-19 relief programme in local townships.
With South Africa in lockdown and the dire need for collective action to assist residents of our under-resourced townships and informal settlements, Southern Guild gallery has launched Closer, Still – an online exhibition to raise funds for those hardest hit. The exhibition features work by 22 leading South African artists and designers, who have partnered with the gallery to donate 30% from each sale to Afrika Tikkun’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Afrika Tikkun’s COVID-19 Relief Programme
Through its Neighbour to Neighbour Support Programme, Afrika Tikkun has scaled up supplies of food, hygiene products and protective gear to vulnerable families in the Gauteng townships of Alexandra, Diepsloot, Braamfontein, and Orange Farm, as well as Mfuleni in the Western Cape.
Drawing on decades of experience in distributing goods to communities during a time of crisis, it is collaborating with other non-profit organisations and community-based structures to ensure its impact is felt as widely as possible. While the provision of food parcels is not a sustainable long-term solution, it is an indispensable response to relieve the difficulties experienced during the current COVID-19 crisis.
#GalleryFromHome – staying in touch with artists
This is also a critical time for our artists, whose voices need to be heard. Southern Guild was born from a desire to share their narratives and distinctive modes of storytelling. Each has something important to say about the state of our world, seen through the prism of their own culture and experience. They speak of resilience and restitution, heritage and reinvention, gratitude and wonder.
Closer, Still brings together artworks evoking romanticism and tenderness, such as Madoda Fani’s Zintle (Beautiful Girl) , Andile Dyalvane’s The Swan Moon Jar and the Loom Chaise by Nicholas Coutts. There are works that speak of ingenuity and rebuilding, making creative re-use of unusual materials such as conveyor-belt rubber (Xandre Kriel’s Techno Loafer) and bricks (Dokter and Misses’ Skip Lights – see photo above). And our ever-present earth is an underlying current in so many works – David Reade’s Namib Landscape bowl and Conrad Hicks’ Copper Landscape Pair I, to name just two.
- As an added incentive to support this initiative, a discount has been applied for all items on the exhibition (until 9 May).
WHEN: Closer, Still runs from 9 April – 9 May 2020 – at any time to suit you.
WHERE: From the comfort of your own home click here for your #GalleryFromHome
Closer, Still Artists:
Adam Birch Andile Dyalvane Atang Tshikare Charles Haupt Chuma Maweni Conrad Hicks David Reade Dokter and Misses Ferdi B. Dick Guy du Toit Hamed Ouattara Jesse Ede Nicholas Coutts Otto du Plessis Philippe Bousquet Rodney Band Stanislaw Trzebinski Trevor Potter Xandre Kriel Zizipho Poswa
See also Cape Town Green Map