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New art exhibition and auction will raise millions for South African children

On Mandela Day, ‘A Night of Greatjoy’ art exhibition will aim to help countless children in need

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By Edwain Steenkamp | July 4, 2023 | Art

The black-tie fundraiser, set amidst the picturesque landscapes of the family-run Rosemary Hill estate in Tshwane, promises to be a night to remember, combining an extraordinary art exhibition and first of its kind, “Leave a Legacy, Ubuntu Crowd Fund” auction.

The inaugural event, curated by the Blooming Curate team Mosima Mokotong and Nozi Sikhonde pays tribute to the achievements of acclaimed visual artist, Greatjoy Ndlovu, and his immense impact on the lives of children throughout South Africa. As a full-time artist based in Johannesburg, Ndlovu's renowned works have earned him global recognition.

Celebrated artist Greatjoy Ndlovu with one his artworks. Image: Supplied

Now, in an exclusive showcase, 28 original art pieces which make up the series titled 'Concessions: The Art of Hacking Progress,' will be auctioned off. The 28th piece honours the late Nelson Mandela and his work in empowering our children.

Each piece carries a minimum value of R50,000, and the event is expected to raise over R2 million in support of two deserving beneficiaries, the Kay Mason Foundation (offers high-school scholarships to under-served young people), and Operation Smile South Africa (provides free surgery to repair cleft conditions in children).

There will be 28 artworks available for bidding. Image: Supplied

“I chose to dedicate part of my life’s work to impacting the lives of children because I wholeheartedly believe that every child deserves a fair chance at a happy, healthy, and successful life, without being held back by circumstances beyond their control. I feel a personal connection to this cause because I understand that these same children, under different circumstances, could grow up to become noble leaders, intelligent scientists, and contributing citizens,” says Ndlovu.

And giving scholars the best start in life to become these leaders is what the Kay Mason Foundation aims to achieve. CEO, Lauren Bright says: “Greatjoy is not only a phenomenal artist, but a gentle soul that understands that giving back is the only way forward. We salute him for the difference he makes in the lives of our underserved youth.”

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Echoing this sentiment, Sarah Scarth, the Executive Director of Operation Smile South Africa adds “Every three-minutes a child is born somewhere in the world with a cleft. Without surgery, they face serious and debilitating long-term health problems and will likely suffer from emotional abuse and isolation. We are so grateful to be a beneficiary of A Night of Greatjoy which will enable us to bring hope and healing to many more children born with clefts.”

A Night of Greatjoy is not only a celebration of art but also a celebration of African heritage. Guests are encouraged to don their finest attire, with a touch of African flair, as they immerse themselves in a world of culture, unity, and most importantly generosity as they participate in the evening's effort to give back. Entertainment for the evening will feature live performances by the internationally renowned pianist and jazz artist, Dr. Nduduzo Makhathini, neo-soul singer Njabuloseh and Kay Mason alumni Duncan Johnson on the saxophone.

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