SOUTHERN GUILD TO HOST INAUGURAL BRAVE EXHIBIT, DINNER AND AWARDS TO SUPPORT ROCK GIRL’S CAMPAIGN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF NON-VIOLENCE
When art and social justice join forces, the impact is phenomenal. Over the last six years, Rock Girl has grown from a small grassroots art and education programme for girls to become the charity of choice for South African artists and designers committed to creating a safer South Africa for all. The Rock Girl Safe Spaces campaign, launched in August 2010, has seen designers like Laurie Wiid van Heerden, Atang Tshikare, Mokena Makeka, Lovell Friedman, and the late Paul du Toit create one-of-a-kind public benches around the city. Rock Girl has also successfully advocated for the construction of a new school in Manenberg for 800 learners, and most recently organised a 35km pan-community run from Khayelitsha to Cape Town to bridge the divide between communities and raise awareness about the need for safe spaces in every part of the Cape Town.
Following the landslide success of the Safe Spaces Campaign, which saw the installation of 55 Safe Space public benches around Cape Town, in 2015 Rock Girl embarked on a series of epic road trips around South Africa. High school girls were trained as journalists and photographers, and travelled over 2 000km to document the stories of girls and women on radio and film and explore their own country, returning home with a new lens on their lives.
On 29-30 July 2016, Southern Guild Gallery will host the inaugural BRAVE exhibition and auction and awards dinner, featuring photographs, artwork, poetry, and stories collected by Rock Girl youth reporters and photographers, who live on the frontlines of some of the most dangerous, under-served communities in the country.
At the auction dinner on Saturday, 30 July, artists and designers, along with luminaries from across South Africa, will come together to raise funds to support Rock Girl’s 2016 road trips and ongoing work to ensure safe spaces for girls, and everyone. At the event, the first ever BRAVE mobile studio will be unveiled (a partnership with Greenpop) and three brave awards will be given to a teenage girl, a woman, and an organisation or business who demonstrate a commitment to creating a culture of non-violence.
After a dinner created by Karen Dudley and her team at The Kitchen, Southern Guild will host an auction of one-of-a-kind pieces created by well-known artists and designers, including BRAVE earrings by Kirsten Goss, a BRAVE bench by Lionel Smit and Laurie Wiid van Heerden, an exclusive BRAVE piece from Pichulik, bespoke safaris from Wilderness Safaris and Singita, and a weekend at a Perfect Hideaways retreat. In addition, a BRAVE pop-up shop will offer limited-edition necklaces, T-shirts, scarves and more by South African designers.
The highlight of the night will be the launch of the BRAVE accreditation for businesses. Criteria for BRAVE accreditation will be announced and at least two businesses will receive the first official accreditation, with invitations open to businesses across South Africa opening in late 2016.
On Friday, 29 July, teenagers from across Cape Town will be invited to the Southern Guild Gallery for a fundraising event targeted at youth. Rock Girls from Manenberg, Gugulethu, Elsies River, Khayelitsha and Goodwood will mingle with learners from schools across the Western Cape, discussing strategies to end violence in general, and specifically, to end gender-based violence.
Southern Guild is the most significant gallery for high-end contemporary, limited-edition design in South Africa, and is also devoted to creating a safe environment for its team and for those artists and designers in its stable. Rock Girl is honoured to partner with the gallery.
To find out more about the event, visit www.rockgirlsa.org or contact
India Baird on 082 734 4569 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruby Schalit on 082 729 5336.
ABOUT ROCK GIRL
Since 2010, Rock Girl has provided safe spaces for over 400 girls and young women in some of the most under-served, violent communities in South Africa. In South Africa, over 40% of girls drop out of school by grade eight. Rock Girl supports girls so they can complete Matric, equipped with the resiliency and practical skills to succeed, and to advocate for better lives for themselves and for other girls. Rock Girl uses art, photography and film, radio, writing and travel to train girls to speak out about and ultimately have a positive impact on the challenges they face.
ABOUT SOUTHERN GUILD
Southern Guild is recognised as the most significant platform for collectible, limited-edition South African design. Exhibiting at the best design fairs around the world, and collaborating with leading global galleries and institutions, Southern Guild has spearheaded the high-end design category in Africa.