Local art auction seeks to support community talent
The Jan Royce Foundation is a non-profit, charitable trust, established to nurture young visual artists and musicians in South Africa. The Foundation endeavours to invest in the “character and soul” of communities by supporting and encouraging local talent.
A sister organisation of the Jan Royce Gallery, the Foundation was started in 2015 by Gallery owners, Ian Gale and Kees Moonen, who have worked tirelessly since inception organising a number of exciting initiatives to promote the arts and support up and coming artists.
UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY
The Foundation is primarily funded by the Jan Royce Gallery, which donates 5% of sales as well as all proceeds from wine sold in the gallery on First Thursday’s. In addition, the support of a number of sponsors and acclaimed artists, such as Anton & Lionel Smit, have proved invaluable.
Two applicants are supported annually; one in music and one in visual art, as chosen by a panel of experts in their field. The nature of the support is determined by the intended project, with the express purpose of assisting the artist develop a project/work that will further enhance and cultivate their contribution to the community.
MAKING DREAMS A REALITY
In December 2015, the Foundation provided Tour Polo Shirts to a troupe of young musicians from Edgemead High School, travelling to Hong Kong and Beijing for a Music Performance Tour. This year saw a cello donated to the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as part of the instrument bank. The use of this donation has been allocated to Ivanna Rose Van Graan, currently on a fast-track programme with the Youth Orchestra.
INAUGURAL ART AUCTION
The Foundation will host its first ever Art Auction on Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 at Welgemeend House, Gardens at 7pm.
Artists who have generously donated their works include the likes of Lionel Smit, André Prinsloo, Christopher Rimmer, Bevan de Wet, and Anton Smit, just to name a few. In addition, Kees & Ian are donating a piece from their private collection by late South African artist, Sydney Alex Khumalo (estimated value R250 000). The collection will be available for viewing at the Jan Royce Gallery from June 1, with a full catalogue of works also available on the Foundation website. Further sponsors include renowned Auctioneer Anton Wells and De Meye Wines.
Cape Town art-lovers are warmly invited come and enjoy a memorable evening of fine art appreciation in support of contributing to the greater good.
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