Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Franschhoek Art in Clay 2012 - featuring Keiskamma Art Project

Is art is presenting an exhibition of ceramic artist in combination with well known artist of different mediums to create 12 “installations” for the Art in Clay Exhibition.
Participating artist are:  Jenny Parson, Iwan Labuschagne, Wilma Cruise, Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Nicolene Swanepoel, Daniela Zondagh, Helen Vaughan, Judy Woodborne, Ralph Johnson, Hannes van Zyl, Christine Gittins, Ella Lou, Evette Weyers, Christopher Smart, Christina Bryer, Rebecca Tetley, Willemien de Villiers, The Keiskamma Trust, Laura du Toit, Grainne McHugh, Wiebke von Bismarck and Nico Masemola, Charmaine Haines, Marlene von Durkheim

Start: October 27, 2012
End: November 16, 2012
Time: 9:00 - 17:00

is art gallery
Le Quartier Francais
16 Huguenot Road
Tel: 021 876 3105

Monday, 29 October 2012

Events in Canada with Keiskamma Canada Foundation

Creating Connections with Keiskamma Trust
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 4 p.m. – a free event
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA 1-498, 11405, 87 Avenue
ART for ART silent auction and sale
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Doors open 6:30 p.m., silent auction 7 to 9 p.m.
Highlands Golf Club, 6603 Ada Boulevard
Tickets $25 in advance, 
780.465.1854 or
or $30 at the door

We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our thoughtful donors and sponsors both throughout the year and for Art for Art. We always welcome your gifts of financial support, skill, and time. Thanks also to those that have purchased or inquired about Art for Art tickets. Your contributions truly make a difference in alleviating poverty and raising hope alongside the people of Keiskamma Trust.

A note from our founder, Annette Woudstra
Dear Keiskamma Canada Supporters and Friends,

Wholehearted thanks and greetings to all of you from all of us at the Trust in South Africa!  Your constant support  over the past year has again been key in many areas of our community development work, and has helped make our organization effective in our efforts to foster hope and self-reliance in the vulnerable community we live in.  Canadians have played a big role in our work in the past few years—many of you have volunteered your time and expertise to fundraise, visit, teach, and encourage us as well as to spread the work about our organization and we are truly grateful for your generosity.   

This year has brought us some tremendous opportunities as well as challenges: our health programme has received a 5 year grant from the Canadian international Development Agency, and we have been working very hard to keep up with the demands of implementing a new programme with a new funder. Our Art Project has also received some longer-term funding in the past six months, but our Education Programme is having a difficult time keeping up with the demands for services as so many children are vulnerable and in need of care.   We are increasingly alarmed at the levels of food insecurity in the villages we work in and we often struggle to help meet the most basic need for adequate and nutritional food—so important not only for children but also for people who are struggling to cope with HIV and AIDS. 

We are excited to hear that Art for Art is again taking place in November, and while I am sorry to not be able to attend this time as I will be in South Africa, I am hoping to send a personal greeting with the rest of the Keiskamma Art Project by video so that we can celebrate together this fantastic event.  Warm wishes to you for the remainder of the year and tremendous thanks for your efforts to stand in solidarity with the thousands of people in the villages of the Eastern Cape  assisted by our partnership.

Event details

CREATING CONNECTIONS WITH KEISKAMMA TRUST features Annette Woudstra, who has split her time between South Africa and Canada with her family for the past 5 years. Founder of Keiskamma Canada and general manager of Keiskamma Trust, Annette is back in Edmonton for a short visit to share stories and wisdom from the Trust.
Join us for stories from the frontlines about rural development, health, and the role of art in building resiliency in communities affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. This is also your chance to learn more about global health projects and related activities at the University of Alberta through speakers from the Global Education Program, the Faculty of Nursing Global Nursing Office, and the School of Public Health.
Hosted by Keiskamma Canada Foundation, Keiskamma Trust, University of Alberta International Global Education Program, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing Global Nursing Office and University of Alberta School of Public Health.
Keiskamma Trust artwork will be available for purchase and on display.
ART FOR ART is back! Set for Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m., this silent auction of local and African art raises funds for Keiskamma Trust, which brings hope and healing to remote South African villages where poverty and HIV/AIDS have wiped out a generation and orphans are losing even the grandmothers who stepped into the breach.
Here’s your chance to bid on the work of 40 respected local artists and potters as well as exquisite Keiskamma Trust wall hangings. Art and crafts designed and created at the Trust by the Keiskamma Art Project, which provides income for as many as 100 households, will also be available for sale.
If you attended previous ART for ART fundraisers, you’ll recognize this evening as an opportunity to bid on original art, hear stories about the grassroots work of Keiskamma Trust and enjoy fine conversation over wine and treats. But most importantly, every dollar raised helps extend the reach of the Trust.
Co-hosted as always by Keiskamma Canada Foundation and Women of Hope, this year’s ART for ART will be held at Highlands Golf Club, where the parking is free.
Tickets are $25 in advance (780.465.1854 or, 
$30 at the door. This is also a convenient time to make cash donations, which are most welcome.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Keiskamma Artworks are displayed at Southbank Centre (London)!

Photographs of Artworks by Pippa Hetherington
Photograph of exhibition by Jill Tate

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Another First for Music Academy – National Eisteddfod Academy!

A couple of weeks ago (September15th & 16th), we held our first Eisteddfod in Hamburg. We are grateful to Dr Francois van den Berg  and his team at the National Eisteddfod Academy for making this possible! For those who have no idea what an Eisteddfod is (or even how to pronounce it!), it is a festival of music, literature & performance dating back to 12th Century Wales! Transplanted from Welsh soil to South Africa, Eisteddfods have a rich tradition here, and thousands of these 'sessions' (the nearest translation of the Welsh word) take place at venues across the country, and beyond, each year.

In the future we hope to have visiting groups of performers perform with us, but 'small is beautiful', and this inaugural event featured only our Keiskamma Music Academy students. However, for some of the younger boys & girls it was their first nerve-wracking chance to stand up on stage and give a performance. Unlike our concerts, most of the pieces were solos, or duets, with an occasional larger ensemble piece. In all we had over 80 entries featuring a wide variety of instruments and musical styles.

Our adjudicator, Mr Neels Boonzaaier, from North West University, seemed to enjoy our music-making. Every student received a certificate, graded bronze, silver, gold or diploma. Mr Boonzaaier had told us earlier that he had to be really 'wowed' to award a diploma, but in fact, several of our students received this honour. By the end of a busy weekend, approximately 25% of entries had received diplomas, 40% gold, 25% silver and 10% bronze. Our adjudicator also gave our group lots of useful advice on how to progress our playing, in particular, to keep practising every single day!

The Eisteddfod came hard on the heels of our UNISA practical exams, so the week was a busy one for Music Academy. A big thank you is in order for Jen and Karen, our recorder teachers, who prepared us for these events.

We did not have a large audience this time; just a handful of friends and supporters popped in, and a few curious cows turned up by the door! However, as always, the surprisingly good acoustics of the Old Hall complemented the magic of the music as it drifted across Hamburg main street on a wild and windy spring afternoon.

Brenda Fishwick 

The Keiskamma Altarpiece at the Faculty of Theology (Stellenbosch)

“This remarkable piece of work is important for the Faculty of Theology because it represents hope in the midst of the socio-economic and physical realities of poverty and HIV/Aids.”
This is how Ms Lina Hoffman, Manager of the Faculty of Theology, describes the Keiskamma altarpiece, which will be on exhibition in the Faculty’s Attie van Wijk Auditorium until 14 September.
It took 130 women of the Keiskamma Art Project in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape seven months to complete the altarpiece. The artwork honours the memory of people in the area who died of HIV/Aids, and celebrates the community’s determination to prevail despite the disease.
The altarpiece is a combination of embroidery, wire sculpture, beads and photographs, and includes several panels depicting various scenes. The closed panels depict the crucifixion from the perspective of people without material resources, trying to find meaning in their lives. The panels also show a widow in traditional Xhosa wear mourning the death of her husband due to Aids.
On the opened panels, photos of an abundant live with trees, birds, churchgoers, and a harmonious rural existence illustrate hope, deliverance and restoration. Fully opened, the altarpiece shows dramatic, life-size photos of three grandmothers and their grandchildren, some orphaned by Aids, and their hope for a better future.
The altarpiece can be viewed on weekdays from 08:00 to 16:00. For more information contact Karin Linders at 021 808 3255 or e-mail

From NEWS from Stellenbosch University