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Our Daily Bread: COVID-19 Resilience

Our Daily Bread: COVID-19 Resilience

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The Keiskamma Art Project in the village of Hamburg, Eastern Cape, has been the voice piece for the vulnerable communities living alongside the Keiskamma River for twenty years now.

Covid19 has wounded our landscape and threatens the critical livelihoods that as an Art Project, we have been able to provide. In the past few weeks, in our villages, not only has informal work been impossible, hunger has escalated, with no breadwinners able to earn a small, but vital income. Local government is overwhelmed by the crisis and even food, a basic human right, is not reaching remote locations such as Hamburg.

Our response to Covid19 is not about struggle, but resilience.

We are asking you to join with us in creating a monumental artwork in response to this crisis that provides a livelihood for 55 breadwinners, per month, for six months.

During this process, we have the network to mobilize ourselves as a team to provide education about this health crisis, only in its infancy. Supported by colleagues in health and education through our umbrella Keiskamma Trust, we will collect crucial documentation about the realities of households affected not only by the Covid19 crisis but by the historical neglect of a very precious area of our country. We can provide children and adults with the means to share their stories, to illuminate both the ordinary and extraordinary, the battles of the most vulnerable dealing with intolerable challenges. Our artwork of these integrated experiences will also become the story of how, working collectively, and in community, we can overcome.

Art is something collective, that we can work towards and see. It is powerful. It gives visibility and voice to those deemed invisible. 

What we need to raise:

R76 000 per month to support the Keiskamma artists and project, totalling R456 000 over 6 months to complete our monumental artwork.

The Keiskamma Art Project

The Keiskamma Art Project is known for communicating the realities of life with HIV/AIDS, the effects of poverty, but also the effects of hope, in our communities. We have succeeded in this through our monumental embroidered artworks like the Keiskamma Altarpiece and Keiskamma Guernica, priceless pieces in the South African art canon, archiving Eastern Cape rural collective memory and preserving oral history. Now, in this, our twentieth year, our voice must rise again.

Donations

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "God bless your wonderful work" - Beth

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Ren

  • Jul 24, 2020 - USD $ 63.50
  • "hope things are going ok" - Jennifer

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "

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    " - Anonymous

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "God bless your wonderful work" - Beth

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Ren

  • Jun 26, 2020 - USD $ 30.32
  • "Good luck-we're thinking of you." - Sharon and Charles

  • Jun 25, 2020 - USD $ 30.47
  • "I wish you every success in the wonderful work you are doing" - adele harris

  • Jun 25, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Can't wait to see this new work

    " - Miki Redelinghuys

  • Jun 24, 2020 - USD $ 306.60
  • "Wish you all good health. May you stay safe and well." - Sara and Lawrence

  • Jun 24, 2020 - USD $ 62.91
  • "With our very best wishes and Good Luck" - Belinda and David Winroope

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 412.00
  • "

    Your altarpiece was exquisite. Thank you for sharing your stories of sorrow, resilience and courage through such beauty and creativity. Your talent &courage are inspiring. Wishing you health&joy

    " - ReneRose

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    A great cause - thanks to Nicole Barry for her free mindfulness course

    " - VivG-T

  • Jun 19, 2020 - USD $ 500.00
  • "Hello to Veronika, Sanela, Cebo and Sylvia!" - Magda

  • Jun 19, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Beautiful work and historical record, I hope to be able to buy some of this work soon" - Anonymous

  • Jun 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Wonderful to record history in this way" - Hazel Anderson

  • Jun 16, 2020 - USD $ 49.15
  • "Hello to Cebo and Veronica" - Deborah and Glenn Doering

  • Jun 15, 2020 - USD $ 61.85
  • "Donated in the name of Baby Thornton Lorbek" - jennifer

  • Jun 01, 2020 - USD $ 38.44
  • "Sending support & appreciation for your work! " - Joanne de Ruiter

  • May 29, 2020 - USD $ 60.54
  • "Stay safe and much love. " - Lindsay Wentworth

  • May 29, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "God bless your wonderful work" - Beth

  • May 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Ren

  • May 28, 2020 - USD $ 39.10
  • "Your project is so worthwhile; it gives hope and saves lives." - Celia

  • May 27, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "We are with you as fellow South Africans - Stay strong" - Anonymous

  • May 26, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    To all you dear and hardworking people who enrich our lives so much!

    " - Lynnley

  • May 25, 2020 - USD $ 59.77
  • "Good luck " - Jennifer Downs

  • May 24, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Best wishes " - KH

  • May 24, 2020 - USD $ 34.46
  • "Thinking of you all and hope we meet again. " - Sue

  • May 24, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "God bless your wonderful work" - Beth

  • May 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "You give us all hope" - Alison and Stanley

  • May 21, 2020 - USD $ 5.55
  • "such beautiful work" - Anon

  • May 20, 2020 - USD $ 57.87
  • "Keep doing your amazing work, we love our cushions and bags by your artists!" - Neroli Price

  • May 19, 2020 - USD $ 105.50
  • "Happy to support this great project RVA" - RVA

  • May 19, 2020 - USD $ 63.30
  • "Looking forward to meet again!" - Magda

  • May 18, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for this work " - Donation

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 52.10
  • "To support you at this time." - Rosemary Kimber

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 12.84
  • "Much Love!!!!" - Grzegorz Staniewicz

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 56.75
  • "With love " - Nicole

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 31.21
  • "Go keiskamna art project!!! " - Anthea Moys

  • May 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Bless your work - amazing people of Hamburg" - Sarah Rushmere

  • May 18, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    MY you be safe,happy, and healthy

    " - Petro Vorster

  • May 18, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Keep up the good work

    " - Jane

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 26.38
  • "Thank you for all of your beautiful work!" - Kiri Van Lengen-Welty

  • May 18, 2020 - USD $ 59.84
  • "Sending love and support British Columbia, Canada." - Brandsma family

  • May 17, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Sending love and luck for this project" - Anonymous

  • May 17, 2020 - USD $ 56.75
  • "Sending masses of love. " - Emma Leach

  • May 16, 2020 - USD $ 52.75
  • "In solidarity, from a proud owner of two of your beautiful cushion covers." - Anonymous

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 52.75
  • "Sending love!" - Gen

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 11.29
  • "Love love love!" - jess

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 564.66
  • " A time to rend, and a time to sew" - D Enthoven

  • May 15, 2020 - R 5 012.00
  • "

    In support of your work in our communities.

    " - Wendy Ackerman

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 57.60
  • "Great cause" - Nick

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 53.81
  • "Sending love to you all xo" - Alex Fialho

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 28.80
  • "Thank you for your incredible work. Wishing you all safety and health." - Michael McFadden

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 57.60
  • "Love Artists and Positive Women. XOXO" - Jessica

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 15.83
  • "Stay safe & God bless" - I

  • May 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Forward ever, backward never." - DND

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 57.60
  • "With love and in solidarity " - Nicola Ashmore

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 57.60
  • "Good luck! I do hope this project continues. " - Lexi Earl

  • May 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thinking of the keiskamma art project during this time " - Jackie

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 115.20
  • "Good luck" - Jennifer Downs

  • May 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Wonderful work being done " - Lucy

  • May 13, 2020 - USD $ 20.31
  • "I strongly support the essential work of Keiskamma" - Lynn Ziegler

  • May 13, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    I hope Siyamamkela and Nomasakheke are going to document the process

    " - Penny Price

  • May 13, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Nutrition is vital for life creativity is vital for humanity

    " - ann hofmeyr

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 57.21
  • "Blessings to you all" - Jannie Boerboon

  • May 12, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Ren

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 57.20
  • "sending love to all at KT" - annette

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 57.20
  • "Best wishes. " - K Anonymous

  • May 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "

    With love

    " - Anonymous

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 80 587.10

Fundraising target

R 456 000.00
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Keiskamma Art Project

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The Keiskamma Trust is a South African not-for-profit organization dedicated to the wholistic care of the communities that live in the area alongside the Keiskamma River in the Eastern Cape. We combine health, art, music, and education initiatives in an integrated fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS, working to restore hope and health to every member of our community. The Trust uses art and heritage/tourism to alleviate the long-standing poverty and unemployment in the communities of Hamburg, Bodium, and Ntilini. 

As part of the Keiskamma Trust, the Keiskamma Art Project began in 2000, founded by the Xhosa community with the help of its first director, artist, and doctor, Dr. Carol Hofmeyr. The Art Project specifically holds the vision of a community-driven and inspired operation that works to develop creative skills in order to empower women and young members of the community with the opportunity of turning inherent talents into real income-generating activities. The Art Project supplies training in identified areas, such as design, craft skills, management skills in coordination, production, finances, computing, that are useful for the running of the Art studio and its shop. 

The Art Project, in particular, is designed to treat unemployment which is at a rate of over 90% in our villages. The Art Project remains the flagship project of the Keiskamma Trust. Today, the Keiskamma Art Project comprises a talented group of developing artists who communicate through their artworks using embroidery, beadwork, felt techniques, ceramics, and wire art. We are famous for our large scale monumental artworks, from the Keiskamma Tapestry, about 200m long, on permanent exhibition at the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town to The Keiskamma Altarpiece which has toured North America and England for two years in the most prestigious cathedrals, such as Washington and Southwark. The work from the Art Project showcases local culture, heritage and environment through alluring textile works, bead, and wire-works which aid in the archiving of the Eastern Cape rural collective memory and preservation of oral history. We have permanent major works in several national and international collections including the University of South Africa and the University of Witwatersrand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan museum permanent collections. We also make a range of smaller craft items that we readily supply to a number of retail outlets and galleries across South Africa. We are dependent upon this income, as well as relying on smaller commissions and exhibitions to remain sustainable.