We are actually in week four now so I will include the last few weeks as well. I’m now back in London and hoping to bag some exhibition space for a showing of the children’s work I brought back with me from Tanzania. Exhibition space in London is at a premium, as you might well imagine. I feel that as a charity I shouldn’t have to pay from £80 – £100 per hour to exhibit children’s work from Africa! I realise now that I have to spread my search scope a little wider if I’m to succeed. I now have a mind to approach a friendly pub or two and set up a charity auction night with a presentation on life in Africa thrown in! I’ll keep you posted!
As an artist I have exhibited previously and for the exhibition on the children’s work I plan to show some of my own work as well. Since 2006 I have been keeping a photographic journal of my travels in both Tanzania and London. All proceeds from the sale of my work will go to support the children in the village. I have drawings done by various classes and many done by a single pupil who happens to be very good – and very proud of his drawings! I have a list of orphaned or otherwise vulnerable children living throughout the village and will be associating one child with each picture so that the child who draws the picture can say that his/her work will benefit a named classmate. My wish here is to engender a sense of altruism within the group in such a way that the children will see themselves as supporting each other through their efforts.
Equally, I have one drawing by one of the orphans, Heavenlight Lema.
I hope to auction this piece for the benefit of that particular pupil. Where my own work is concerned, I plan for the profit of any sales to be placed into a general fund which will be applied to school fees, uniforms and books for the listed children. So, on to the continuing search for space! See you again soon.