Rhino Record – a group exhibition currently running at the Afropolitan Gallery in Victoria Yards – is raising awareness for this endangered species ahead of a Guinness World Record attempt next year.
Inspired by Brandon Challis’ Rhino Record project and his plight to raise awareness through art for what is a conservation crisis, this curated exhibition features established and emerging artists including James Delaney, Kelly Clohessy, Boitumelo Diseko, Cromwell Ngobeni, Kgalalelo Gaitate, Helene Thomas, Elisabeth Knittelfelder and John Moore.
Within the gallery featuring James Delaney’s Rhino Orphanage through his metal sculpture works; Clohessy is showcasing CRASH – A Bystanders Observation of Rhino Poaching in SA, which is an illustrative exhibit on facts and the chilling statistics of poaching while Moore exhibits a collection of works of rhinos that focus on environmental issues by using the rhino to represent the planet.
Concurrently the gallery is supporting Challis’ painting project attempt to make it into the Guinness World Records next year for the largest painting in the world – with a public painting of 1 200 life size rhinos on 11 000 sqm of fabric. The public is also encouraged to become involved. This can be at home by painting their own canvas to contribute to the Rhino Record – Guinness World Record. Afropolitan Gallery has kits available for purchase for ease of use with canvas and paint included. In addition, the gallery hosts a series of public events including during the December holidays which is an ideal activity for children and adults. Through the Makers Valley Collective, local schools within the Victoria Yards Community in Lorentzville take part in this public art initiative.
Venue: Afropolitan Gallery, Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg
Time: Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm
Cost: R250 – R350