Pic Credit: Art | Southern Guild Dokter and Misses Skip Lights
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.
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.
Closer, Still includes objects evoking romanticism and tenderness, such as Madoda Fani’s Zintle (Beautiful Girl) and Andile Dyalvane’s The Swan Moon Jar. Or works that represent ingenuity like Xandre Kriel’s Techno Loafer and Dokter and Misses’ Skip Lights. 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.
Do your bit to support the cultural community and those in need by investing in local art. As an added incentive, a discount has been applied to all items on the exhibition.