To be involved with RENDEZVOUS we have been given the opportunity to participate in a new and creative way of thinking where artists have the opportunity to give something back. RENDEZVOUS offers the unique opportunity for collaboration among business, education and culture. Rendezvous also grants artists the opportunity to give something back to the community.
Of prime significance for Focus Sculpture was the show’s commitment to further the education of disadvantaged promising students. The purpose of Rendezvous focus Sculpture was to support contemporary talented sculptors living in South Africa while also offering financial support to disadvantaged promising students from Alexandra Township to apply for university study.
Rendezvous focus Wearable Art’s aim of the bursary was to give top achievers the opportunity to study any degree at the Faculty of Humanities that lead to postgraduate study and the concomitant bursaries. The bursary holder is also currently doing an internship with Rendezvous.
For focus Lithography, six young artists were granted the opportunity of studying print making at the master lithographer Elisabeth Pons’s studio in France, which upon return, resulted in the exhibition Back from Paris.
Furthermore, walk about with the show curators were hosted after every show.
As part of our ongoing commitment to art and education, the RENDEZVOUS FOCUS PAINTING 2011/2012 aims to organise a succession of exchange projects between painters from South-Africa, France and Greece. Up to six promising artists will each be awarded with the BETTIE CILLIERS-BARNARD award. This award will give artists the opportunity to attend an international residency program in painting where they’ll engage with the visited countries’ culture and local art exhibitions.