Hope for Life

‘My dreams my aspirations’

 hope for life children

HIV/AIDS affects us all. Still today at the closure of the first decade of the twenty first century we still do not have a cure. More and more we are waking up to the realization and the acceptance that prevention is cure. The scourge of this fatal illness has ravaged our parents, brothers and sisters and has left behind affected vulnerable orphans.

This initiative of the Education and Development Programme of the Pretoria Art Museum, the Children Tile Art Project, has been incepted with the aim to involve vulnerable children from our communities in Tshwane, this project that gives them an opportunity to express their challenges, wishes and aspirations through practical art making processes; leading to the production of a body of work which is on exhibition during the month of December to mark the international HIV/AIDS month.

The Pretoria Art Museum is greatly indebted to the Hope For Life Orphanage, which has branches in both Lotus Garden and Jeffsville (Saulsville), for responding positively to the invitation by giving 16 children under the care of the shelter the opportunity to be part of the Children Tile Art Project for the current year.

The NGO Hope For Life provides

1. After care for the children

2. Help the children with school home work

3. HIV/AIDS counseling

The Pretoria Art Museum will also like to thank the team work of Art Beat Foundation and Ithuteng Art Outreach Project, who devices a four day workshop programme spaced over four weeks, of which the facilitators were meeting with the children once every Saturday. The following were the contents covered by the workshops:

• Introductory Guided tour to the Pretoria Art Museum and some art terms

• Drawing Techniques

• Composition and Collage

• Collagraph

The workshop remain true to the dictum

‘Skill transference and non content imposing’

This dictum saw to it that the facilitators only walked with the children shoulder to shoulder in terms of introducing the art making techniques however distancing themselves from determining the nature of the work done by the children once the theme ‘My dreams my aspirations’ was given to the children to work with. The facilitators were available for guidance, to help the children realize the finished pieces and their full potential in terms of their individuality, primarily and ultimately to represent Hope for Life when their work is considered as a collective. The Pretoria Art Museum is forever indebted to the knowledge, skill and dedication of the facilitators.

Lastly on behalf of the City of Tshwane the Pretoria Art Museum would like to extend warm thanks to SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts) and the trustees of the Charl Van Der Merwe Trust for once more making this Project a reality.

The Hope For Life children will be available for interactions and walkabout of their work on 11 December 10:00 to 12:00. The public is welcome to meet and interact with the children on that day.

for more details:

Contact: Mmutle Arthur Kgokong

Call 012 344 1807/8

mmutlekg@tshwane.gov.za

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