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16 Artists, 16 Crowns, 16 Days of Activism

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

Are you attending the unparalleled South African Art Exhibition supporting the fight against gender-based violence?

Women in South Africa are suffering under the siege of gender-based violence and femicide. #GiveHerACrown, South Africa’s groundbreaking female empowerment platform - proudly empowered by Jaguar South Africa - exists to change the narrative for women in South Africa through the power of storytelling and the arts.

#GiveHerACrown has partnered with prominent curators Teresa Lizamore and Phumzile Nombuso Twala, along with 16 notable South African artists who have each created and donated a bespoke crown of art. These 16 crowns will be exhibited and sold during 16 Days of Activism (commencing 25th November 2020) in aid of the fight against gender-based violence.

Teresa Lizamore, co-curator of the campaign states, “Gender-based violence is close to my heart because as a woman, a mother and a businesswoman I believe that there should be equality amongst all genders and of course mutual respect. If we all stand together, we could, and we should see results. That's why each woman deserves a crown signifying the strength, power and regality of that woman.”

Her co-curator, Phumzile Nombuso Twala, shares her outlook on the success of the campaign; “During a time when this country is grappling with the scourge of violence inflicted upon women and children, I find it inspiring that these 16 artists have dedicated their time and energy towards raising more awareness about this cause. These artworks will go a long way in driving the message home.”

The #GiveHerACrown curators Teresa Lizamore and Phumzile Nombuso Twala
The #GiveHerACrown curators Teresa Lizamore and Phumzile Nombuso Twala

The 16 artists who have dedicated their passion and skill towards change are:

  • Simphiwe Buthelezi

  • James Delaney

  • Carlo Gibson and Dominique Le Grange

  • Gordon Froud

  • Lebogang Mabusela

  • Collen Maswanganyi

  • Cow Mash

  • Lebohang Motaung

  • Lerato Motau

  • Haidee Nel

  • Dean Pozniak (Simon and Mary)

  • Nkhensani Rihlampfu

  • Jo Roets

  • Usha Seejarim

  • Olwethu de Vos

  • Angela Yeung

Each crown of art is inspired by a South African woman and activist who has used their work, voice and influence towards the empowerment of women.

These one-of-a-kind crowns were revealed for the first time on the 24th November at the Jaguar Experience Centre in Lonehill, Johannesburg at the #GiveHerACrown Crown Collection Exhibition Opening Event. The exhibition will be opened to the public for viewing between 25 November to 10 December 2020 at the same location.

All the proceeds from the Crown Collection sales will go towards a transformative educational programme that will train and empower teachers to champion gender equality with their students. The educational content will be co-created with Lalela, an organisation that specialises in Art Education, and will use the power of creativity and storytelling in order to drive empathy and behavioural change.

If you or your organisation is interested in supporting the cause by purchasing a crown you may request a catalogue or visit the website for more information. Visit the Give Her A Crown website or email to get in touch!

Individuals or organisations who do not wish to purchase a crown, but who would like to make a financial contribution towards the Crownfunding initiative, can do so via the Crownfunding platform which will be live on the website from 25 November 2020.

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