Our first collaboration with New-York based Global Art and Design Project reaps rewards!: Young Graphic Designers Share Their Work With Local Children
As part of our new collaboration with New York-based graphic design non-profit Global Art and Design Project, three well-established young graphic designers/visual artists spent some time with Dramatic Need children this month.
Global Art and Design Project (artdept.co) was established by a former Dramatic Need collaborator and volunteer who wanted to offer children in remote parts of Africa creative opportuities along similar lines as Dramatic Need, but with an emphasis on vocationally specific design and computer coding. GADP were our primary partners in last year’s ARTiculate art exhibition and we are thrilled that these, the first of GADP volunteers, have come to work with us.
The designers, Sindiso Nyoni, Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale were unsure what to expect when they arrived at this remote outpost in the rural Free State of South Africa.
It was not easy at first when Sindiso introduced their process for the children to understand what graphic design was all about, but a few minutes down the line when the volunteers began to demonstrate their processes, everyone got their hands dirty and the creative juices began to flow! The results were startling and we will be sharing more of the children’s work on the blog over the next week. Over 50 children worked with the three volunteers and Global Art and Design Project have promised to organise for their return in September to host further workshops with other children.
Global Art and Design Project:
We are using creativity as an entrepreneurial tool for global development by providing access to technology, scholarship support and arts education programs emphasizing design and digital media to secondary school students in under-served schools in the developing world.
Art, design and code are practical and powerful tools that can heal individuals in post-conflict areas, unlock new ways of communicating, and create alternative educational and employment opportunities. More specifically for youth, promoting creativity has the potential to help students who have been traumatized to process their emotions and humanize their experiences, to aid in the development of their creative thinking skills and, with creative jobs on the rise, to facilitate access to a rapidly growing professional field. Vitally, technological skills and creative thinking can foster an entrepreneurial society which is essential to economic growth and development.
We focusing our initial efforts in South Africa, where more than half the population lives below the poverty line and five million people have HIV/AIDS. A critical 55.6% of the population is under the age of 24 and 48% of 15-24 year olds are currently unemployed. These issues are steeped in South Africa’s tumultuous history of apartheid, which, despite being legally dismantled in 1994, still causes lingering socioeconomic stratification.
Notwithstanding, South Africa has many beacons for global development. Among the brightest of these is its artistic culture. The country’s rich history has fostered a dynamic and creative populace, which has rendered South Africa the sixth healthiest market for design in the world. Cape Town recently won its bid to become the “World Design Capital” in 2014, reflecting the strength and dynamism of South Africa’s well-rooted creative culture.
Sindiso Nyoni, (left) is a Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) born, self developed Graphic artist who has been described as a contemporary illustrator, activist, street-artist, and multi-disciplinary graphic designer. Also known as R!OT, his work has been published locally; exhibited at International Biennial Poster Exhibitions and he has collaborated on projects which have won Cannes Lion awards. The Johannesburg based graphic artist, tackles some of Africa’s most pressing issues in the form of visual art. His work primarily consists of a pencil, ink, pastels, gauche, acrylic and digital media fusion, to create a subversive ‘street’ style. His work has been showcased locally as well as far afield as New York, London, Zagreb, and The Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City.
Alphabet Zoo is a duo of young Johannesburg based traditional printmaking artists that formed a street-culture zine that invites collaboration from other young talented artists, illustrators, publishers and designers. Alphabet Zoo is made up of two artist Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale. Ngoyi and Zavale both studied at Artist Proof Studios and have been exhibiting on group shows and indiependent project for the past four years including…“Legends Of Culture”, 12 Decades- Maboneng, AS SEEN ON TV” Sibi Gallery and AKA- Exhibition, TWO BY TWO gallery, Johannesburg to mansion a few.They work from their studio in Newtown and are involved with running the newly opened print studio ‘Prints on Paper’.
Their work explores printmaking in a publication form of posters, zine, paste.