Art to raise funds for gender abuse

    Art to raise funds for gender abuse

    A biennial event to raise funds to support victims of gender-based violence in South Africa will be held on Thursday, September 26 at the Killarney Country Club in Houghton, Johannesburg.

    It is the fourth fundraising art auction held by Lawyers against Abuse (LvA). In conjunction with Russell Kaplan Auctioneers and True North Events, LvA aims to address the issue of gender-based violence.

    Founder and chairperson Bonita Meyersfeld was recently awarded the National Order of Merit by the French government for her contribution to social justice.

    She said: “As an organisation in pursuit of systemic change to curb gender-based violence, we are hugely proud and privileged to include the work of world-renowned gender activist and photographer Zanele Muholi in our catalogue.”

    According to the Stevenson Gallery who represents Muholi, the artist’s self-proclaimed mission is “to rewrite a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond”.

    That is aligned to LvA’s mission to provide support to victims of gender-based violence

    The auction will also feature an original artwork by William Kentridge, entitled God’s Opinion is Unknown.

    A long-time supporter of LvA’s work, Kentridge has generously contributed to two previous LvA art auctions.

    The work of established and emerging artists, like Kim Berman, Sanusi Olatunji, Kate Gottgens, Conor Mccreedy, Peter Clinton Gray, Kim Lieberman, Gordon Massie, Kobus Walker and rising stars from the Artist Proof Studio.

    Paintings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics will be featured in a digital catalogue a week before the event.

    “We plan to use the proceeds from this auction to open a second centre in Johannesburg to try and meet the overwhelming demand for our services,” says LvA director Lindsay Henson.

    The auction will be followed by a gala dinner for 200 people, featuring Justice Edwin Cameron in conversation with editor Ferial Haffajee.


    • Tickets are R800 and can be purchased at Quicket.
    • The work will be previewed at Killarney Country Club from 1pm and the auction will commence at 6.30pm.

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