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DOODLE FOR A DIFFERENCE – ANYTHING, WITH ANYTHING, ON ANYTHING A5

1000 Drawings Cape Town is back in town and has been selected as one of the official projects for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

1000 Drawings Cape Town (http://1000drawingsct.co.za) is hosting a series of public doodle sessions at venues across the city, with the next event taking place on the top of Table Mountain on Saturday, 12 April at 10h30. Cable car tickets are free thanks to the Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way (http://www.tablemountain.net/) and limited to only 100 people.

All doodle sessions culminate in a one-night-only exhibtion – The Night of a 1000Drawings, which comprises a massive inner-city art sale of all doodles collected over the lead up to the event at the Good Hope Centre (Thanks to Arts & Culture)  on Thursday, 28 August 2014. All funds raised will go to upgrading the Thomas Wildschutt School in Retreat with the help of social upliftment enterprises See-Saw-Do (http://www.seesawdo.com), Greenpop (http://www.greenpop.com) and H.E.L.P (http://www.help-eduprogramme.co.za ).

Buyers will be spoilt for choice with doodles, scribbles, graffiti, sketches, watercolour and oil paintings, experimental and conceptual works, all on sale and going for a song. At R100 a piece, you could get your hands on a one-of-a-kind, original work by tomorrow’s big stars, or something beautiful to make you smile.

Says Shani Judes, organiser of 1000 Drawings CT: “It’s a great honour to be making this happen during 2014 and to be chosen as one of the World Design Capital projects for 2014. Our cause now has the platform it deserves to reach more countries around the world and hopefully inspire other nations and induviduals to do the same to help those in need. 1000 Drawings is a very simple concept that can change lives and we hope to encourage everyone, young and old, individuals and companies in Cape Town and the rest of the country to send us their doodles/artworks and be a part of this exciting cause.”

The World Design Capital distinction is awarded to cities which recognise design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development. In 2014 Cape Town is hosting over 460 design projects aimed at transforming the city.

Anyone can take part. Well-known celebrities, artists, illustrators, street and tattoo artists are all already busy with their doodles and will be on sale at the main event, The Night of a 1000 Drawings.  We’re also appealing to all advertising agencies, art and design schools and colleges. Individuals can take part in the lead up doodle sessions and there are various drop off points around the city for those who can’t make it. One can also become a doodle ambassador by hosting your own doodle session.

1000 Drawings was started in 2006, when the delivery bakkie for the inner city soup kitchen Paballo ya Batho (Sotho for “caring for the people”) was stolen and suddenly found it near impossible to feed hundreds of homeless people. Night of a 1000 Drawings was born as a fundraising rescue plan. Anyone can donate A5 drawings of anything, which was then sold for R100 each at an inner-city art exhibition. This concept has grown and currently runs in six cities around the world including Berlin, Amsterdam, Tuscany, Johannesburg, Cape Town & Dubai.

If you want to get more involved as an ambassador, for an internship, PR & media opportunities, more about throwing your own doodle sessions, all beneficiaries, upcoming doodle sessions, drop off points and the main event in August please go to http://www.1000drawingsct.co.za or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/1000DrawingsCapeTown  or on Twitter https://twitter.com/1000DrawingsSA.

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4 June 2014

DOODLE FOR A DIFFERENCE – ANYTHING, WITH ANYTHING, ON ANYTHING A5

1000 Drawings Cape Town drives home the importance of better learning conditions for children   

World Design Capital 2014 project, 1000 Drawings Cape Town (http://1000drawingsct.co.za) unites young and old in the fight for better learning conditions at schools throughout South Africa.

 

Since the launch of 1000 Drawings Cape Town late in 2013, intimate doodle sessions have been hosted across the Mother City bringing together people who want to make a difference by sharing their doodles. All doodle sessions culminate in a one-night-only exhibition – The Night of a 1000 Drawings on Thursday 28 August 2014 at the Good Hope Centre (Thanks to Arts & Culture). The event comprises of a massive inner-city art sale of all doodles collected over the lead up to the event.

 

As this year’s beneficiary, 443 learners at the Thomas Wildschutt School in Retreat in Cape Town stand to reap the benefits of this campaign, which sees three social upliftment enterprises namely See-Saw-Do (http://www.seesawdo.com), Greenpop (http://greenpop.org ) and H.E.L.P. (http://www.help-eduprogramme.co.za ) unite to improve conditions for the learners. All funds raised from The Night of a 1000 Drawings will be used by each enterprise. See-Saw-Do will paint murals to brighten up certain areas of the school, Greenpop will run a two year urban greening program that comprises planting trees, monitoring the success of the trees, and teaching maintenance skills to teachers and learners.  H.E.L.P. will use the funds to further their homework-enrichment life-skills programme with the school and purchase eight new computers. The school caters for grades 4 to 7 with 12 classes in total and at a ratio of 1 teacher to 38 learners. Identifying the needs of the Thomas Wildschutt School is just one step in the right direction to show how all South Africans can make a difference in their own communities.

 

The school prides itself on top success rates of past learners. While it does not have Matriculants, owing to the fact that they cater for grades 4 to 7, they regularly keep tabs on the progress of learners at different neighbourhood high schools. In 2013 a student that went on to matriculate at Zwaanswyk High achieved 5 distinctions and also represented the high school at a Maths and Science Conference in Washington DC. Another learner scooped most of Sibelius High’s top matric subject awards in 2013 and currently studies BSc at the University of the Western Cape. The school is also a hive of activity over the weekends, offering extra Maths, English, Afrikaans, Science and Computer Literacy for adults and children in separate programmes in partnership with the Cape Centre for Children, Families and Refugees (CCFRD). The work that is being done at the Thomas Wildschutt School is proof that when communities work together dreams can be achieved.

 

Says Shani Judes, director of 1000 Drawings Cape Town: “When deciding where the funds raised from 1000 Drawings 2014 should go, we engaged with the three NGOs mentioned and got the idea from a conversation we had with See Saw Do that 1000 Drawings should concentrate on one project, the uplifting of a school. We feel that everyone deserves the right to education as well as a happy, safe and sanitary environment within to learn. After all school is where the future leaders of our country are being educated and we want the best for the country we are proud to live in, work in and love.”

 

Comments Charles Jansen, principal of the Thomas Wildschutt School: “We the community of Thomas Wildschutt are deeply moved that we have been selected as recipients of the 1000 Drawings 2014 project. The learners who will benefit from this project deserve to be nurtured, inspired, encouraged and uplifted.  We have a proud history of academic and sporting achievement, despite challenging circumstances beyond our control. However our learners have the fortitude and tenacity to triumph over adversity. We wish to express our heartfelt and sincere gratitude for this wonderful act of kindness on your part. We are humbled that you have chosen Thomas Wildschutt to receive the proceeds of this fund raiser. We are aware that an enormous amount of thought , planning and hard work  went into this project and for that we are grateful too. The following quote by Lionel Hampton comes to mind, ‘gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind’. Your kindness will remain etched in our hearts forever.

 

The Night of 1000 Drawings in August promises to spoil buyers with an artistic mix of doodles, scribbles, graffiti, sketches, watercolour and oil paintings, experimental and conceptual works, all on sale and going for a song. At R100 a piece, you could get your hands on a one-of-a-kind, original work by tomorrow’s big stars, or something beautiful to make you smile.

 

MORE ABOUT 1000 DRAWINGS CAPE TOWN

The World Design Capital distinction is awarded to cities which recognise design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development. In 2014 Cape Town is hosting over 460 design projects aimed at transforming the city.

Anyone can take part in the 1000 Drawings Cape Town campaign. Well-known celebrities, artists, illustrators, street and tattoo artists are all already busy with their doodles and will be on sale at the main event, The Night of a 1000 Drawings.  We are also appealing to all companies, art & design schools and colleges. Individuals can take part in the lead up doodle sessions and there are various drop off points around the city for those who can’t make it. One can also become a doodle ambassador by hosting your own doodle session.

1000 Drawings was started in 2006, when the delivery bakkie for the inner city soup kitchen Paballo ya Batho (Sotho for “caring for the people”) was stolen and suddenly found it near impossible to feed hundreds of homeless people. Night of a 1000Drawings was born as a fundraising rescue plan. Anyone can donate A5 drawings of anything, which was then sold for R100 each at an inner-city art exhibition. This concept has grown and currently runs in six cities around the world including Berlin, Amsterdam, Tuscany, Johannesburg, Cape Town & Dubai.

If you want to get more involved as an ambassador, for an internship, PR & media opportunities, more about throwing your own doodle sessions, all beneficiaries, upcoming doodle sessions, drop off points and the main event in August please go to http://www.1000drawingsct.co.za or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/1000DrawingsCapeTown  or on Twitter https://twitter.com/1000DrawingsSA.

 

UPCOMING DOODLE SESSIONS

JUNE

  • 5th – First Thursdays, Academy of Design
  • 10th DURBAN doodle
  • 19th – Drink n’ Draw vol 5 at Twenty Fifty
  • 21st – Doodle on the Grass at Kirstenbosch
  • tbc – Science Doodle at the Science Centre
  • 22nd Tedx Aims

 

JULY

  • 1st – Salon 91 invite only three group show artists.
  • 1st Thursdays Academy of Design
  • tbc Striker Doodle at Strika Magazine
  • tbc JHB doodle
  • tbc Youth doodle
  • 5th Iziko History Museum
  • 31st Drink ‘n Draw Vol 6 at Twenty Fifty Co

 

AUGUST

  • 8th Roof Top Doodle – Side Street Studios
  • 9th – National Art Gallery (Women’s day)
  • tbc Aquarium doodle
  • 20th GROLSCH Drink ‘n Draw at Twenty Fifty
  • 28th NIGHT OF 1000 DRAWINGS final exhibition

 

If you cannot make a doodle session you can post your artwork to the following address, this is the head quarters for 1000 Drawings and we thank the co working space Twenty Fifty for donating space to our team.

Att: 1000 Drawings,

Twenty Fifty

1st Floor, Truth Coffee Building

36 Buitenkant St,

Cape Town

8001

 

“It’s a great honour to be making this happen during 2014 and to be chosen as one of the World Design Capital projects for 2014. Our cause now has the platform it deserves to reach more countries around the world and hopefully inspire other nations and individuals to do the same to help those in need. 1000 Drawings is a very simple concept that can change lives and we hope to encourage everyone, young and old, individuals and companies in Cape Town and the rest of the country to send us their doodles/artworks and be a part of this exciting cause. We are also in the process of looking for a headline sponsor, so if you or your company would like to support this project please get in contact with us” concludes Shani Judes, organiser of 1000 Drawings CT.

For more information about this press release, interviews, or photographs please contact Gwen Sparks at Enhance PR &Communications on 0834430019 / 021 709 0707 or email gwen@enhancepr.co.za

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