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FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST (article first published : 2004-06-23)

The Durban branch of Amnesty International (AI) is is organising a fundraising breakfast to support its efforts to create a human rights culture in Durban and elsewhere.

Early in March 2004, AI launched a global campaign to Stop Violence against Women (SVAW). On March 7, the Durban AI group hosted an art workshop for art students and scholars, art teachers, disabled scholars, artists and abused women so that these participants could create artwork based on the SVAW theme.

The 50 artworks created at the workshop are available for exhibition at schools, tertiary educational institutions and community venues. Local AI members have volunteered to run workshops at these venues in conjunction with the exhibition of the artworks in order to create awareness of the widespread abuse of women. Some of the artworks will be exhibited in August at the Women's Day exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery.

“Some the members of the local AI branch have a long association with the linkage between art and human rights, so in order to raise funds for our work, our group decided to hold a fundraising breakfast with a presentation on the Art and Architecture of the new Constitutional Court,” says Coral Vinsen. “The architects of this amazing building live and work in Durban, as do several of the artists who have contributed or had work commissioned for the court. This is why we have decided to share our pride in their achievement with residents of our Metro at this breakfast briefing.”

Durban architect Janina Masojada's firm (OMM Design Workshop and Urban Solutions) won the commission to design the new court with its open architectural plan which allows natural light to stream into the building. Janina will make a 30 minute presentation on the architecture of the Court, ighlighting some of the special features that have been incorporated into the design.

Also talking about their work will be well-known Durban artists Andrew Verster and Siphiwe Zulu, who were commissioned to create some of the artwork in the Court.

The breakfast will take place on June 26 at 08h30 at St Philomena's Conference Centre, 92 Rippon Road Sydenham. Entrance R60 and secure parking is available.

More details from Coral Vinsen on tel/fax: 031 564 7239 or email: vinsen@saol.com




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