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African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA)
Visual Arts Project: 'SAVE SEVEN LIVES'
South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA),
member of the International Association of Art (IAA), a NGO
in official partnership with UNESCO, shares a common desire
with art associations world-wide in promoting the interests
of the visual arts and visual artists globally. An important
vehicle in this regard is the show-casing of events to promote
the image of art practitioners and art lovers, thanks to participation
in exhibitions, art sales and similar mainly self-serving opportunities.
It cannot be denied that visual art also has a humanitarian
role to play, transcending spiritual and materialistic wellness.
In pursuing this particular objective and being sensitised by
the great need for human organs to be donated to seriously ill
patients, SANAVA launched a national project in 2014, called
'SAVE SEVEN LIVES'. The visual arts, by hosting art exhibitions
and motivated speakers, are to be used as a platform to alert
the general public about the extent of these needs, and procedures
to be followed in addressing the issue.
that served to prepare SANAVA to launch the project relate,
first of all, to a request received some three years ago from
its branch Ad Artem at Klerksdorp in the North West Province
of South Africa, where there is a dialysis centre experiencing
a serious shortage of willing donors, and where a 'Gift of Life'
art exhibition had been envisaged. For various reasons the project
could not be pursued at that stage. More recently, by mid-2013,
the 'Save Seven Lives' project was triggered by an unselfish
example of human outreach when the Pretoria sculptor, Sanna
Swart, member of the Association of Arts Pretoria, decided to
donate a kidney to a friend of hers, a locally known opera singer
who had been suffering since many years of a kidney disease.
The transplant turned out to be a perfect match. Members of
the local arts community gathered around an art exhibition 'The
Gift of Life' on 20 October 2013 to celebrate the successful
event and to pay tribute to the two principal actors. Please
refer to the photo of Sanna with her artwork 'Adagio', taken
at the exhibition.
'seven lives'? The Director of Communications of the Cape Town
based South African Organ Donor Foundation (ODF) stresses the
fact that a donor can save seven lives (heart, liver, two lungs,
two kidneys and a pancreas). Apart from this, up to fifty persons
can be assisted with tissue.
was suggested that the project should be considered to be pursued
by SANAVA’s branches and affiliates country-wide as an
annual or bi-annual event, bearing August in mind as 'organ-donation'
month. Hereby an event could be established that would demonstrate
the complementary humanitarian value of the visual arts, while
re-enforcing the links of its members at national level. Several
branches and affiliates op the National Association will launch
the project 'Save Seven Lives' this year.
2014 awareness programme will start on 30 July 2014 in the Gauteng
Province of South Africa, when the Association of Arts Pretoria
will launch an art exhibition 'The Art of Giving – Save
Seven Lives'. It will be partnered by its fellow Art Associations
at Centurion and Rayton in Gauteng. This will be followed in
the North West Province with the official opening on Saturday,
16 August 2014 of an exhibition of selected works by artists
from Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom and others in the North West
Province. The Sanlam Auditorium of the Potchefstroom Campus
of the North West University will serve as venue.
to reports, there are in South Africa on average 5 000 people
waiting for an organ transplant, but less than 500 individuals
will receive one. A further 35 000 are waiting for tissue transplants
– cornea, skin and skeleton bone. "You never know
when you may need it yourself, someday," a recent recipient
of a pancreas and kidney, Neil Conradie, 45 year old regional
manager of a bank at Klerksdorp, emphasised.
19 July 2014
of Arts Pretoria
Save Seven Lives/ The Act of Giving exhibition 2014
exhibition of almost 60 paintings by Pretoria, Rayton and Centurion
Artists, was presented in collaboration with the South African
National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) during August
2014. A percentage of the proceeds were donated to the Organ
Donor Foundation of South Africa, a non-profit organisation
with the aim of addressing the critical shortage of organ and
inspiration for this exhibition was the words of well-known
sculptor Sanna Swart who donated her kidney to a friend. Sanna
said: "By donating a kidney I had the privilege of enjoying
the unbelievable act of giving. You give because the life-force
in you is propelling you to give."
artists were asked to all submit the same size paintings, freely
depicting and according to their artistic likes the multitude
manifestations of life giving forces. The result was a
jubilant celebration of life and in praise of the exquisite
joys of acts of giving.
well attended exhibition took place in the Mackie Street art
gallery of the Association of Arts Pretoria from 30 July 2014
to 13 August 2014.