Archive: Issue No. 112, December 2006

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Art for Humanity

Art for Humanity billboard
Messina, Limpopo
Extract fom 'For our children' by Makhosazana Xaba
An Angel of Mercy by Jody Woodburne

Art for Humanity launches the 'Women for Children' Billboard Campaign
by Francesca Verga

In an effort to address growing incidence of violence and abuse against women and children, Art for Humanity has launched a national public art initiative. The Women for Children billboard advocacy campaign was initiated in November 2005 and presently involves the flighting of 21 billboards all over South Africa.

The material featured on the billboards comes from Art for Humanity's 'Women for Children' project, which saw the collaboration of 50 women artists and poets working on the issue of children's rights and welfare. Some of the participating artists include Ernestine White, Diane Victor, Angela Buckland, Nomusa Makhubu, Judith Mason and poets include Lindiwe Nkutha, Liesl Jobson, Malika Ndlovu and Lebogang Mashile and Finuala Dowling. At least two billboards have been flighted in every province and each of South Africa's 11 official languages are represented in the poetry translations.

In KwaZulu-Natal, collaborations by Ntombeka Ntombela and Bandile Gumbi have been flighted in Ngwelenza B, in Empangeni; Dina Cormick and poet Mari Pete's work was placed in Kwamakhuta, Amanzintoti, and Berni Searle and Gabeba Baderoon's piece erected at Ntuzuma-Nozaza Shopping Centre, Inanda. The billboards are to remain in place for three months.

Art for Humanity director Jan Jordaan explains that the billboard advocacy campaign is motivated by Art for Humanity's 'commitment to social development which is based on the observation that societies with a strong history of public art do not struggle with the endemic problems that we associate with the developing world.'

The 'Women for Children' project has been endorsed by both national and international individuals and organisations, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro of the Constitutional Court and Amnesty International South Africa. Art for Humanity is a non-profit organisation based at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa and has coordinated other projects involved in advocating human rights through art.

For more information go to:

Art for Humanity (formerly Artists for Human Rights)
c/o Fine Art Dept.
Durban University of Technology, City Campus, Durban
Tel: (031) 203 6610