Art exhibition a great success

2019-07-30 06:01
Azola Mkosana, cultural manager at Casa Labia Cultural Centre. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Azola Mkosana, cultural manager at Casa Labia Cultural Centre. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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The Butterfly Art Project’s (BAP) first exhibition in conjunction with Casa Labia Cultural Centre was deemed a great success by those involved and those who visited the exhibition.

BAP is a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Vrygrond which aims to facilitate healing in children from disadvantaged communities through art. The organisation opened their annual exhibition at the centre’s gallery to a full house, on Thursday 18 July.

Azola Mkosana, cultural manager at the centre, said: “It went very well. The numbers were just amazing – and the feedback that we received was amazing!”

The NPO and the centre recently entered into a partnership where the charitable arm of Casa Labia, Fondazione Labia, offered space to BAP for the advancement of arts and culture in South Africa. This space will be used for the Community Art Facilitators’ Workshop where community art facilitators will be trained to facilitate healing in children in more than 40 under-resourced communities across the province; with mentorship, programmes and classes now set to take place at the centre.

Casa Labia’s managing director, Antonia Labia, said: “Joining forces with BAP is the perfect fit for us, as we seek to broaden the impact of Fondazione Labia across the Western Cape and seek to make Casa Labia and Fondazione Labia increasingly more relevant and impactful.”

Mkosana also explained the rich history of the centre which was built in the late 1920s and bears all the original artworks from its first owners – the perfect space for new work to be displayed.

Hugo Kabeya (14), participant of the BAP programmes, is one of the young people whose artworks was successfully sold after being displayed on the opening night. According to the NPO, his uncle had fallen victim to several xenophobic attacks which resulted in he and Hugo moving to Vrygrond. Hugo was an introvert, but has come out of his shell since starting the programmes at the NPO in 2012. He has decided that he wants to pursue art as a career path in the future. Programmes coordinator at BAP Rameez Davids said: “The launch went really well with a good turnout.”

The exhibition will be on display until Thursday 8 August.V For more information contact Zaid Philander on zaid@butterflyartproject or 074 545 9938; or Casa Labia Cultural Centre on 021 788 6068.

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