Our patron, Judith Neilson, is delighted to see the response to her art project in Ukhanyo Primary, with 60 learners joining the club in the first week. She owns one of the most famous art galleries in Australia – The White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney.
Lubabalo Pita, an educator, is a keen cricket and soccer volunteer coach at Ukhanyo. When he heard about the art club, he immediately volunteered to lead the classes. It was only then that MasiSports learnt that he had a university degree in fine art! He now heads the art club. Likhona Nadyokhwe, a keen teacher assistant, has joined him.
Members of the art club get to work on their first project
“I am so excited as this is what I have always wanted to do, but lacked resources,” says Pita. “Seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces when they create their work gives me so much joy. Some are not that good at academics, and they now will be recognised as talented in their classes.”
Pita also wants to exhibit their creations at the end of the year, so parents, staff, kids and the community can view their work.
Noordhoek Open Studios is a fine collective of artists and sculptors in Noordhoek and partnered with MasiSports earlier this year. Aimee Kruger and Benjamin Salvatore from Noordhoek Open Studios have been the key support system in starting the club. Aimee Kruger also runs the Noordhoek Art Point Gallery on Noordhoek Main Road.
Members of the new Judith Neilson Art Club
The Judith Neilson Foundation support ensures that this art club has the resources to take the learners’ passion to the next level with proper tuition.
MasiSports is proud to be involved in so many after-school activities, ranging from eight sports, chess, hip hop dance and now art! Masicorp has developed excellent English and Maths clubs and Coolplay train our coaches and staff to run life-skills sessions. Together with Head Michael Tyhali and his dedicated staff, Ukhanyo offers a full holistic education programme. The school is an example to all underprivileged, non-fee and fee-paying schools.
Take a bow, Ukhanyo.