VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITION & AUCTION
Cape Town artist Gerhard Van der Westhuizen is producing 10 art pieces, in collaboration with Sculptor and long-time friend, Mambakwedza Mutasa, that will form part of a virtual art exhibition & auction titled “RECOVERY” – Life after Covid-19.
Over the next few months their art work will be virtually exhibited and auctioned online. Proceeds will be donated to local NPO, Intle Art Community youth project, to help feed and support the children, their families and extended community of Hout Bay, during the lock down and recovery period.
The online auction will be followed by a ‘Recovery Exhibition’ fundraising event at a later date, to be held at the Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford estate in Somerset West to showcase their inspiring art collection and raise further funds for this valuable cause.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the very foundations of the world as we know it. Life will never be the same again. But with this monumental change comes the opportunity to reset the future, shift our inner focus from “me” to “us” and add real value to our collective society.
The 21 day lock down period inspired Cape Town artist Gerhard Van der Westhuizen, to use his creative talents to help and uplift his local community. “As an artist I have the unique opportunity to emotionally connect with people through my art during these uncertain times, whilst also giving back to those most in need” explains Gerhard. “There is going to be a long period of recovery for people both emotionally and financially and we each have to do what we can to support our neighbours who are struggling” says Gerhard.
The artist’s vision is to create pieces with positive energy, movement and emotion to inspire people to embrace this unknown new future by standing together.
With the Covid-19 lock down many of the Intle Art Project’s families have no form of household income and the children are asking for our help! Please donate to the Intle Art crowdfunding page. With your help we hope and aim to feed and support at least 30 families in Hout Bay!
Make a difference!
By participating in our Recovery online art auction you will help change lives and improve the future of the Intle Art Project children and their families.
Follow the creative journey of the artists on instagram @gerhardvdw_art or Facebook @Intleart.
A new art piece will be released for virtual auction every few days and you will have the opportunity to bid online. The full recovery art collection will then become viewable in our gallery.
About Intle Art Community
Intle Art is a non-profit, community upliftment initiative that supports aspiring, young artists from the disadvantaged areas of Imizamo Yethu and the Harbour community in Hout Bay, to reach their full potential.
Founded in 2015, they have around 30 teenagers, with a passion and talent for art, participating in their weekly workshops at the Harvest Centre in Hout Bay Harbour. In addition to growing their artistic skills, their youngsters are developing valuable business, entrepreneurial and life skills. The emerging young artists in the Intle Art graduate programme also have the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition and sale. Intle Art aims to equip our youngsters to build sustainable, creative careers or entrepreneurial businesses, to enable them to contribute to the economy and positively impact their communities. Intle art relies on donations for our rental, food, transport and art supplies.
With the lockdown many of our Intle Art children’s parents are not being paid or have no form of household income and are asking for help. By donating to our crowdfunding page we hope and aim to support at least 30 families.
Gerhard Van Der Westhuizen
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Gerhard is a natural, self-taught artist who believes the eyes are the windows to the soul, Inspired by people, deep emotions and spontaneous interest, his paintingsÂ bring together a harmonious eventuality of modern art meets abstract expressionism.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mamba sculpts with materials such as metal, stone and driftwood. Inspired by nature, a captured thought or feeling, he has the uncanny ability to create shapes and lifelike movements that arouse the viewer’s emotions.
The artists met in May 2018 whilst exhibiting at the Festival of Art in Franschhoek. With a keen interest in each other’s works, they instantly connected and realised they share the same passion and vision for what they do and how they create it. That initial meeting would ultimately be the beginning of a powerful journey of artistic collaboration and friendship. In December 2018 they opened their own gallery, in the heart of Hout Bay, Cape Town, where they combine their techniques, emotions and visual influences in unusual and one-of-a-kind collaborative pieces. Their unique art style transcends the line between painting and sculpture that evokes a true emotional connection with their viewers.