The Cape Town edition of the Broken Monsters Charity Art Exhibition raised enough money to fund 21 000 children’s books through Book Dash. Lauren Beukes and the event organisers are hoping to double that number at the Johannesburg show, which takes place this week.
Over 120 local artists, designers, illustrators, architects and photographers – including Brett Murray, Conrad Botes, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Liza Grobler and Roger Ballen – have been invited to customise pages from Broken Monsters in any way they please. The artworks are then sold for R1 500 each, with 100 percent of proceeds going to Book Dash. Each R1 500 pays for the printing of 150 books, which will be distributed to kids free of charge.
Beukes tells the Mail & Guardian: “It’s very humbling to have people engage with your work like this and put in such time, effort and generosity for a really great cause.
“The idea of collaboration ties into the themes of the exhibition. The whole point of reading is that it is a kind of telepathy and you bring your own experience, vision and your own perspective.”
The Joburg event takes place on Thursday, 26 November, at the Nando’s Central Kitchen in Lorentzville. Don’t miss it!
The Mail & Guardian reported on the success of the Cape Town event:
6pm strikes and the doors are opened as excited viewers flood into the space to locate their artwork. Held in a vacant shop, this year’s version affords more room to move around than the narrow Cape Town School of Photography space which housed the Shining Girls exhibition. What follows is a bit of a frenzy –albeit an extremely civil one – as works are quickly snatched up. The constraint of being limited to a single piece from a rapidly diminishing pool adds a sense of high stakes pressure to proceedings; hesitate and your work is gone. Of course this is all part of the fun.
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