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BAT REGENERATES (article first published : 2003-03-11)

Can you think outside the box? Do you suffer from wild flights of creative fantasy that make you believe you can transform the world through your art? You might have found the platform to express your dreams, while you make a real difference to the plight of those affected by crime, those suffering from HIV/AIDS, and the homeless.

The BAT Centre is calling for submissions from visual and performance artists, writers and poets who wish to take part in a series of week-long workshops, entitled Regeneration funded by the Department of Arts & Culture. The programme, co-ordinated by Mauritian-born experimental architect Doung Anwar Jahangeer will bring together selected unemployed or self-employed artists, to tackle the issues of HIV/AIDS in a contemporary, provocative manner.

In addition to making a meaningful contribution towards changing public perceptions, the Regeneration Programme will focus on skills formation, so that graduates are able to return to their communities equipped to train and inspire others.

"We are looking for men and women over the age of 18 who are entirely original in their thinking," says Doung. "People who feel passionately about our society and know that their creative energy can make a real difference. We want multi-skilled individuals who are keen to broaden the scope of their creativity. Together, we will engage in a lateral dialogue, using the arts as a vehicle to deal with spatial transformation."

The Regeneration Programme is a BAT Centre/ Writer's Corner initiative. It will be led by a panel of experienced professionals in a range of artistic disciplines. Interested parties have until March 14 to submit a proposal for the work they wish to execute, along with a short profile of how they see themselves.

"We're not putting any limits on the kind of art you want to show us - or the manner of its execution," says Doung. "Just forget that any boundaries exist, and blow our minds with your originality."

Proposals and any accompanying artwork must reach the BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Durban by no later than 16h00 on March 14. More details from Doung on 031 332 0451 or cell: 073 252 2383.




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