ARROWSA/DUT JEWELLERY EXHIBITION
By: Raymond Padya
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) in collaboration with Art, Culture and Heritage for Peace (ARROWSA) is set to host a jewellery exhibition on Tuesday 28 May.
The ARROWSA/DUT exhibition will be held at the DUT Art Gallery, Steve Biko campus, and this year it is influenced by the theme ‘Hidden Gem’.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to buy different jewellery sets from the exhibition. Earrings, rings and necklaces, which will be on display will also be for sale. The sets are made of sterling silver.
The work on exhibition is produced by the institution’s very own students from the Department of Jewellery Design & Manufacturing.
“All designs are inspired by the fauna and flora spotted at the Palmiet Nature Reserve in Westville and most pieces will be an embroidery of wood, gemstones and enamel,” said Sanabelle Ebrahim, ARROWSA Media Liaison.
Student designers include Slindile Mbelu, Chantal Benson, Vusi Xaba, Ayanda Myeza, Carlo Assumption, Lloyd Moodley and Zuki Xulu amongst others.
Other collaborators of this exhibition are CCMS (Centre for Communication, Media and Society) at the UKZN and Bechet High School, Sydenham.
Proceeds from the jewellery sale will go towards the funding of a small group of ARROWSA-Bechet learners to attend the 2013 Indra Global Congress in Derry, Ireland.
The global congress will be an opportunity for groups of young people from existing and potential Indra (International Development of the Arts for Reconciliation) centres to come together and share their practice, ideas and experience.
ARROWSA is a voluntary non-profit organisation based in South Africa and it seeks to join people from all over the world in art projects and face-to-face meetings that break down barriers and promote understanding.
“We hope to achieve this by sharing our stories, challenging prejudice and stereotypes, and developing the arts as a resource for reconciliation and the creative transformation of conflict,” said ARROWSA chairperson, Mary Lange.