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UMCEBO (article first published : 2003-12-4)

From December 9 to January 25, the Durban Art Gallery will host the Umcebo Exhibition.

Pupils of the Department of Art and Technology at Ningizimu School for the Severely Mentally Handicapped in Montclair with their teacher Robin Opperman have spent the past year producing a series of banners. The project was commissioned by the French Embassy, the Alliances Françaises in South Africa and the French Institute, and has been administered and facilitated by the Alliance Française de Durban.

The Ningizimu Department of Art and Technology has been assisted in the promotion of the workshop/income generation programme, which has been in existence for the past 11 years. Despite the handicap of the pupils and the adversity of their home environnement, the banners project allows the students to produce valuable and creative artworks, generate an income and be an asset in their community and families.

The banners will tour through South Africa in 2004, and finally be exhibited in Paris for the 10th anniversary of the South African Democracy.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Christophe Le DU, Délégué Général de l’ Alliance Française de Paris in South Africa on December 9 at 18h30 at the Durban Art Gallery.




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