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POSITIVE HOPE HEALING AND COMPASSION (article first published : 2006-04-29)

For the first time, international and South African icons of music, fashion, cuisine and art will come together under the banner of Positive for an unparalleled Aids fundraising event at Sun City in June.

With names like Seal, Versace and Conrad Gallagher on board in their respective fields, the artistic branch of the event will be represented by more than 100 South African artists who will collaborate creatively to increase social awareness, educate audiences and embrace cultures in the fight against HIV/Aids. Most importantly, they will be working together to raise funds for the Tapologo Aids Hospice in the North West Province.

The Positive Hope Healing and Compassion art exhibition is based on the mission statement of Tapalogo and is part of a host of specially-planned events over the four days, for both the public and specially invited guests.

The exhibition will be curated by leading British artist Craig Kilford, who is bringing together this fusion of established artists, students and up-and-coming artists. “The coming together of such creativity in the theme of hope, healing and compassion will not only have an immediate positive impact on the lives of those living at the hospice but will send a message to the world that creativity must not discriminate, just as we must not discriminate against those who have HIV/Aids,” he says.

Some of the established names exhibiting include metal designer Carrol Boyes, sculptor Guy du Toit, ceramicist Barbara Jackson and artists Chris Diedricks, Johnson Baloyi, Ruth Levy and Conrad van Wyk.

The Hope Healing and Compassion exhibition will be open to the public from June 8 to 11 in the Hall of Treasures at Sun City. A minimum of 40% of the proceeds of artworks sold will be donated to Tapologo. A number of artists, however, have generously donated 100% of the sale value. In addition to Positive Hope Healing and Compassion, several local and international, celebrity musicians, sports personalities and politicians will participate in the Wall of Hope, an exhibition comprising works created around the same theme as the main exhibition. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cindy Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Jaques Kallis, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Gwen Gill will also be providing artworks, with many more.

Positive is an amalgamation of fashion, art and music and will staged in a unique manner. Seal’s performance will form the highlight of this event on June 9 with the addition of international model icons Naomi Campbell (UK), Fernanda Tavares (Brazil), Emina Cunmulaj (USA) and Caroline Ribeiro (Brazil).

During the event an exclusive auction will be held of specific exhibited work, “collection” fashion garments and limited edition items. All proceeds will be donated to Tapologo.




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