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WINGS (article first published : 2001-09-29)

Wings is an exhibition by children and artists with disabilities which is running in the NSA Gallery until October 14.

In keeping with its aims of offering disadvantaged communities greater opportunities through the pursuit of the creative arts, The NSA Gallery will host an exhibition with Very Special Arts (VSA). VSA is an organisation that enhances and promotes the creative power of people with disabilities, in all disciplines and genres. This partnership has culminated in an exhibition entitled Wings.

Wings attempts to create awareness around the practice of people and artists with disabilities, and to give visibilities and an opportunity to showcase work by talented individuals in a mainstream environment. Artists with disabilities have been drawn for schools and service organisations, and professional artists were also invited. The exhibition will attempt to dispel the negative imaging and stereotyping associated with people living with disability.

An integral part of this initiative, students from the Technikon Natal Fine Arts Department and volunteer art teachers held art workshops at the participating schools over a period of six weeks. The production of work by the children displays an enthusiasm and total involvement and understanding of the exhibitions theme.




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