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ART FOR HUMANITY – The art of human rights
Art for Humanity, AFH, hosted by the Durban University of Technology’s Faculty of Arts & Design, is a Not for Profit, Public Benefit Organisation which engages with communication for social change, specifically in the visual arts, to promote human rights awareness regionally and globally. The organisation focuses on the creation of fine art print portfolios, in collaboration with the participating artists, exhibitions, publications, billboards, school workshops and research projects which advocate various human rights issues in South Africa, across Africa and further afield. AFH believes that Arts and culture in our country have an important role to play in our social transformation and ultimately social/economic development. AFH has taken up the cause to create and help to mount an effective awareness campaign that, eventually, will contribute to positive changes in lifestyle and behaviour.
AFH PRINT PORTFOLIO PROJECTS:
ART OF HUMAN RIGHTS PRINT PORTFOLIO- 2015
In the Art of Human Rights project, 27 artists together with 27 poets have contributed art and poetry reflecting on and responding to the 27 clauses of our Bill of Rights. Since the birth of our democracy, South Africans have not always found it easy to embrace and value the ideals embedded in our constitution. The reasons are many; inter alia the apartheid ideology based on inequality and disrespect for the other, endemic poverty and lack of inclusive development to the advantage of all citizens.
DIALOGUE AMONG CIVILISATION PRINT PORTFOLIO – 2010
Art and poetry inspire dignity, respect, pride, and freedom of expression, imagination, recognition of the individual, creativity, excellence and human rights. The aim is to inspire the viewer with moral ownership through engaging with the creative works, for the public to internalise the values espoused by the art and poetry. These values include creativity, freedom of expression, human rights excellence, dignity, pride, inspiration, reflection, cultural heritage as well as respect for individual rights and independence.
Women for Children Print portfolio – 2007
The project, which comprises of 25 female artists and 25 female poets, was aimed at raising awareness around the issue of children’s rights and to inspire a sense of moral ownership and social responsibility towards the rights of children.
Break the Silence – 2000
Art for humanity initiated the Break the Silence HIV/AIDS print portfolio with the purpose to instil a greater sense of social responsibility towards the pandemic and to those who are infected and affected by the disease. The project features 31 artists- 21 South African and 10 international
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS PRINT PORTFOLIO – 1999
To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the proclaiming of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948. Art for Humanity launched the project that represents an artistic commitment to the spirit and values espoused in the principles of International human rights.
BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF
Mr Anthony Starkey (Chairperson)
Mr Jan Jordaan (Director)
Prof. Thengamehlo Ngwenya (treasurer)- Director CELT DUT
Dr. Mduduzi Xakaza -Director Durban Art Gallery
Ms Maud Blose -DUT Dept. Journalism
Prof. Brian Pearce -Faculty of Arts and Design Deputy Dean
Mr David Motsamai Tshabalala- DUT Dept. Fine Arts
Ms Nqobile Ndlela (Office Administrator)
Ms Zimasa Magudu (Media Manager)
Ms Zinhle Khumalo (Arts Administrator)
Physical Address: Room 107, 1st Floor, City Campus, Durban University of Technology, cnr of Anton Lembede Street and Khuzimpi Shezi road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4001
Postal Address: C/O Dept. Fine Art, Durban University of Technology, P.O Box 953, Durban 4000, R.S.A.
Tel: +27(0)31 373 6610/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg. No. 031-899-NPO: PBO No. 9300206636