Tyrone Appollis’s work honoured

first_imgStompie, a Tyrone Appollis sculpture inspired by James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi. He was a teenage United Democratic Front (UDF) activist from Parys. He and three other boys were kidnapped on December 29 1988 by members of Winnie Madikizela Mandelas bodyguards, known as the Mandela United Football Club. Stompie was murdered on January 1 1989. Activist and retired Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs described Tyrone Appollis as an artist of inconvenience during the launch of the latter’s exhibition and documentary.Mr Sachs, who is a collector of Mr Appollis’s art, made the remark at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Bellville, where the launch took place on Tuesday March 14.Mr Appollis, who is originally from Bridgetown but now lives in Plumstead, said he could not agree more with that statement. He admitted that he would make his presence known during a somewhat quiet gathering by playing his penny whistle, just like Mr Sachs described.Although he held his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 14,Mr Appollis was given little formal recognition, and because of this, the Sanlam Art Gallery decided to honour his life and art shortly after his 60th birthday. The exhibition is a combination of his recent paintings and iconic examples of his earlier works, drawn from his private and public collections. It runs until Thursday April 13, and the opening was accompanied by the premier of the documentary Of My Time – Tyrone Appollis, by film-maker Ron Moller of Storyteller Productions.Mr Moller said the documentary was an intimate portrait of the artist, poet and musician. He was unsure where it would be screened next, but said he might use it as a pilot for a series if he could get broadcasters to invest.“The film explores the theme of artistic journey, as a reflection of the artist’s personal journey, and is an insight into Tyrone’s creative space filled with personal history, conflict, passion, resilience and personal and artistic successes,” Mr Moller said.Mr Appollis has also been described as a painter, who, over the past thirty years, created unique images of the times and places that made up his life and environment.Stefan Hundt, from the Sanlam Art Gallery, said: “There is little doubt that Tyrone is one of the Western Cape’s most talented painters. Yet, he has been given little official or formal recognition. His peculiar vision, formed by his understanding of Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, Cecil Skotnes and a plethora of Italian Renaissance painters, has provided unique perspective on life on the Cape Flats for more than 30 years.”Asked whether he was bitter his work had not in the past been given the recognition it deserved, Mr Appollis said: “I became a celebrity. I am not a whinger of the past. Ek is waar ek wil wees. Of my time.”People had not understood him in the past, lending him a degree of anonymity, he said.“I keep telling my friends who want to force me into teaching – after they mocked my beginnings at music, painting and writing – that they should ask Jonathan Butler or Johnny Clegg for lessons. I have taught extramural classes in the community in the past, but, at present, I am engrossed in catching up. I still have a lot of work to do before I will be taken seriously. My message to the people is that I can only say as much, or as little, as I do.”And his thoughts on the opening of the exhibition?“Exhibition openings are a hindrance, because there is food and drinks and trimmings. I would rather people come to buy my work, than to come for the trimmings. I must add, however, that this exhibition is wonderful, and I don’t want this feeling to subside.”Mario Pissarra, of the Africa South Art Initiative, said in order to understand Mr Appollis’s art, one had to grasp his conviction that “an artist must be of his time”.“His art is rooted in his geographic identity as a Capetonian, in his historic identity as a ‘coloured’ person, in his post-apartheid national identity as a South African, in his non-racial identity as an African, and in his humanistic identity as a member of the global community of artists. All of these identities co-exist in him as a person, and inform his art,” Mr Pissarra said.Mr Appollis was trained and worked as a sign writer, and later as a carpenter, but never completed the apprenticeship. He studied part-time at the Community Arts Project under artist Cecil Skotnes, and attended the Foundation School of Art for one year. He held his first solo exhibition at the age of 14, under the auspices of the Students’ Health And Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) and the Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA). His other solo exhibitions include Rocklands library, in 1982; the South African Association of Arts, in 1988; Chelsea Gallery, in Wynberg, in 1992; Karren McKerron Gallery, in Johannesburg, in 1993; Sheraton Atlantis Hotel, Zurich, in 1997; The Framery Gallery, in Cape Town, in 2010; and Irma Stern Museum, last year. He also participated in many group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad.His current exhibition is on view at the Sanlam Art Gallery until Thursday April 13, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm. 1 of 2 Stompie, a Tyrone Appollis sculpture inspired by James Seipei, who was also known as Stompie Moeketsi. He was a teenage United Democratic Front (UDF) activist from Parys. He and three other boys were kidnapped on December 29 1988 by members of Winnie Madikizela Mandelas bodyguards, known as the Mandela United Football Club. Stompie was murdered on January 1 1989.center_img Iris and Howard Burkat, second from left, and second from right, came all the way from New York to attend the exhibition opening. With them are, left, Shireen Appollis, and Tyrone Appollis.last_img read more

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Claim Everton reached agreement with midfielder for January transfer – Now…

first_imgEverton will be forced to pay a high price for Inter Milan midfielder Matías Vecino if they revive their interest in him this summer. That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, who report Inter are not going to be doing any of his suitors any favours in terms of his price tag.The newspaper explains that, like in the January transfer window, Vecino’s future at the Serie A club is likely to be debated.Should Antonio Conte determine that he doesn’t want him, he will be put up for sale and Everton are among the clubs who will be ‘in the running’ for his signature.Embed from Getty ImagesThey were keen in January, and it’s stated they already had an agreement in place with the 28-year-old, but Inter rejected their offer of €12m plus bonuses.Inter will only let him go under ‘favourable conditions’ or, as Corriere put it, for ‘a lot of money’ and have no plan to ‘discount him’ at any point.Indeed, their idea is to try and sell Vecino for as much as possible with their eye on a valuation of €35m, as that was how much they could have made selling him two years ago.If that is their asking price, Everton are likely to look elsewhere.Their funds will not be extensive this summer, and they will consider that price for a 28-year-old as excessive in the extreme.If they were spending such a figure on a new midfielder, it is more likely Marcel Brands would target a younger player who can not only be developed but sold on at a significant profit in future should he do so.Vecino is neither of those things, and unless Inter drop such demands drastically, this potential buyer will inevitably go elsewhere.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTemenos by CNBC CatalystIs a Digital Revolution Crucial for Banks to Stay Ahead in a Post-Pandemic World?Temenos by CNBC CatalystUndolast_img read more

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Football match caps GGBL employees World Water Day activities

first_imgEmployees of Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Ghana’s leading total beverage business climaxed the celebrations of this year’s World Water Day with an inter-site football match.The match held at the Ridge Park, Kumasi on 24th March aimed at raising awareness and focus attention on the sustainable use and management of water resources.World Water Day is commemorated every year on 22 March as the United Nation’s designated day to focus attention and advocate for the sustainable use of freshwater resources.This year, GGBL and its co-founding partner in the Safe Water for Africa (SWA) initiative, the Coca-Cola Company hosted a CEOs fundraising breakfast to engage Corporate Ghana on the innovative partnership aimed at providing access to safe drinking water for some 500,000 Ghanaians in vulnerable communities by end of 2013.The company also held other activities internally to engage its employees on its flagship community investment programme – including the inter-site football match between employees of its two breweries – Achimota and Kumasi.After a pulsating goal-less draw in the first half, the host team (from the Kumasi site) came into the second half more determined to pick the coveted Water of Life trophy; and their efforts were rewarded two minutes to end proceedings when a 36-yard free kick was beautifully converted to give the host team the win. Presenting the trophy to the Kumasi team, Mr. Dan Wenyah, the Brewery Manager, Kumasi said, “World Water Day is a unique opportunity to engage employees and the general public on the sustainable use of freshwater – be it at work or home. GGBL has over the years commemorated World Water Day through a health walk to sensitize Ghanaians of effective water use. This year, among others, employees are playing in this inter-site football match to further drive home the message on the importance of freshwater resources to sustaining lives’.He congratulated the Kumasi team for lifting the glittering trophy and encouraged all to use water wisely.On his part, Mr. Richard Ahiagble, Corporate Citizenship Manager, reiterated GGBL’s commitment to enriching lives and its flagship Water of Life Programme. He said ‘through the Water of Life programme, GGBL has, and continues to empower local communities through access to clean drinking water. This year, GGBL is investing in piping systems in the Tamale Metropolis to bring safe drinking water to two communities in support of the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation and the Guinea Worm Eradication programme’s aim at making Ghana guinea worm free’. He added that the company is also investing in large scale WaterHealth Centres, under the Safe Water for Africa partnership, to bring safe drinking water to 6 communities in the Northern, Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra regionThe company has since 2007 provided access to clean drinking water to many communities in all 10 regions of the country.last_img read more

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