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AIR PROGRAM (article first published : 2004-10-28)

The Bat Centre's "Artists in Residency Program" (or AIR Program) is an initiative, sponsored by the National Lottery, which seeks to improve the lives of the students who are selected. The programme consists of 50 previously or currently disadvantaged students each year, who are put through a rigorous selection process. Of these 50 students, 25 are undergoing training in visual arts and the remaining 25 are engaged in music studies.

The students are put through their paces over a 12-month period andare involved in workshops, practical and theoretical classes.

The visual arts students are shown a variety of different art techniques and processes, such as ceramics, painting, signwriting, silk-screen printing and printmaking.

The music students learn composition, practical study of music, music theory, ear training and business skills. All students are required to do basic courses in literacy and numeracy, to improve their general skills and enable them to market themselves adequately.

The students are not required to pay any fees for their tuition and as such, once they have completed the course work they are required to take part in an Outreach Programme. The programme focuses on the concept of sharing the newly-acquired skills with communities that are disadvantaged in some way in effect, giving back to the community. The students perform this service free of charge and all they require is a venue and the opportunity to showcase their work.

The BAT Centre is calling on schools, places of safety, prisons, old age homes and any other organisation or institution that would be interested in seeing the students in action. They are available every Friday from October 29 to December 15 from 12h00.

Anyone wishing to have the AIR Program students perform and exhibit for their community, should contact The Bat Centre on 031 332 0451 as soon as possible.




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