A new Children’s Gallery officially opens upstairs on Wednesday 9th December. It is truly for an excellent cause uplifting creative children in disadvantaged environments. We are very excited to welcome them.
The Children’s Gallery officially opens its doors to the public on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 7pm. The opening night will feature the works of 15 young artists from our townships (ages 5-12).
Star artist Benon Lutaaya will officially open the Gallery, donating five original works made specifically for the inauguration, which will be sold on the night. He will also share his very personal story of how art uplifted him from a life of poverty, to his multi-award winning, sell-out status as one of Africa’s top artists to invest in now.
The evening will be open to the public, with wine and cheese served. All art on display will be available for sale, and proceeds will go directly to supply art resources for young children in townships.
Following the evening, the gallery will remain as a permanent fixture at the V&A Waterfront, where patrons can view and purchase children’s art, or make direct donations to the cause.
About The Children’s Gallery
The Children’s Gallery is a project of The Colour Collaboration Charitable Trust. This Non-profit organisation is dedicated to providing educational resources, art materials, and visual arts programming to at-risk youth in South African townships. The organisation’s cause extends far beyond providing a fun and creative outlet – studies show that art is a powerful educational tool that ignites curiosity and develops skills such as focus, problem solving and literacy. In the long run, the effects are a greater desire to learn, lower drop-out rates, less crime, and a better chance at becoming successful adults. It believes Art is more than craft, it is the key to unlocking a child’s potential.
The Gallery will provide disadvantaged youth a platform of self-expression that will connect them to the world beyond their township. It also offers them a unique opportunity to develop a sense of purpose in their creativity, elevating their self-esteem and offering productive life path skills.
The Gallery space will be a direct channel for fund-raising, as proceeds from art sales as well as donations will go directly to sending art resources to sponsored programs that use art as a tool for higher learning and to get kids off the streets.
Members of the public and businesses are encouraged to visit the Children’s Gallery, at the V & A Food Market, V & A Waterfront in December, and buy some original art. Members of the public who wish to learn more about what we do or donate their time or money can also do so on our website: colourcollaboration.com
To learn more about this story, please contact:
David Eiberg, Trustee