Exhibition: Textiles from South Africa

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At a glance:

What: Keiskamma Trust Textile Exhibition

When: January 10th, 2013 to February 10th, 2013

Where: Rutherford Library South

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The Keiskamma Canada Foundation has sponsored an art exhibition at the Rutherford South Library from January 10th to February 10th, 2013. Keiskamma Trust Canada Foundation works with Keiskamma Trust that centers in Hamburg, which was founded in 2008 by medical doctor Carol Hofmeyr. After moving to Eastern Cape, South Africa in 2000, Hofmeyr noticed the devastating health conditions within the community. With a strong will and goal in raising HIV/AIDS awareness, Hofmeyr converted an old house into a residential HIV/AIDS treatment facility in Hamburg named the Umtha Welanga (Rays of Sun) Center.

The Art Project is one of the many initiatives of Keiskamma Trust where it aims in providing jobs for many South African women in Hamburg through the creation of embroideries and fabric designs. These artworks have generated the much-needed source of income for the community of Hamburg. It has maintained its three princple goals in relieving poverty, raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and promoting health and well-being. The creation of collaborative tapestry has fostered hope in the community and has improved the overall quality of life in Hamburg.

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For more information: www.Keiskammacanada.com

Interested in purchasing artworks? Artworks will go on sale on February 11th from 1pm – 4pm

I-Week Event:

Come participate in the creation of tapestry designs by the artists of Keiskamma Trust at The Stitch by Stitch: Art as a Path to Hope in Rural Africa workshop that will take place at 2:30 pm on Wednesday January 30th, 2013 at the Campus Telus Center Room 236/238.