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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ART WORKSHOP (article first published : 2004-03-7)

On March 8 (International Women’s Day), the global human rights organisation, Amnesty International (AI) will launch its two-year worldwide campaign Stop Violence against Women. Violence against women is endemic. It is one of the most pervasive of human rights abuses, as well as one of the most hidden. Cutting across cultural, regional, religious and economic boundaries, it affects women of every class, race ethnicity, age religion or belief, dis(ability), nationality and sexual identity.

The Durban group of AI, have decided as their contribution to this campaign, to organise a free, day-long art workshop for about 50 art students and scholars, artists and victims of violence. This will take place on March 7 in The Hall at the Durban Documentation Centre, cnr Epsom Road and Derby Street (entrance in Derby Street). Secure parking is available in the grounds and there is wheelchair access. Registration is from 09h15 to 09h30.

Artists, art teachers and organisations have had a preliminary notice of this workshop. Participants are invited to avail themselves of the art materials provided and make a visual record of their ideas. The finished work (or works) will be hung around the Hall on lines, giving them a chance to dry before the exhibition in the evening. Professor Anchu Padayachee will give an address to the workshop participants and invited guests.

The works will be available free for exhibition to schools, libraries and community organisations for two-week periods for the next two years. As an adjunct to the exhibition at various venues, AI (Durban) will offer workshops to raise awareness of the pervasive abuse of women in South African society. At the end of the two year period, it is envisaged that AI (Durban) will hold an auction of the works where the creators will receive 75% of the selling price of the work, with 25% going to the Durban Group of Amnesty International.

For information, contact Coral Vinsen on tel/fax 031 564 7239 or email: vinsen@saol.com




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