A series of 21 art pieces, each created by a different South African artist, will be revealed each day during the lockdown period. Participating artists will create a piece of artwork that reflects the thoughts, feelings, vision or captured moments of their COVID-19 experience. Each piece will form part of an historic

“Lockdown Collection” that will be hosted online and sold during the 21 days. This unique collection, featuring so many incredible creative minds will be celebrated with an “online” event on the evening of the 21st day. Artists that are participating include a broad spectrum of talent – from Bambo Sibiya, Penny Siopis, Gerhard Marx, Lindo Zwane, Ardmore Ceramic Art, Walter Oltmann, Dianne Victor and more.

The proceeds from the sale of the artworks and donations, is raising money for:

  • The President’s Solidarity Fund to help all vulnerable people of SA in their time of need
  • The Vulnerable Visual Artist Fund to support as many vulnerable individuals in the visual arts
  • The participating artists

The art-inspired initiative is the brainchild of Carl Bates (Chief Executive of Sirdar Group), Lauren Woolf (Founder and Owner, MRS WOOLF) and Kim Berman (Founding Director, Artist Proof Studio. Professor, Visual Arts, UJ). It was created to immediately and sustainably assist the art community during the lockdown period in South Africa. The online campaign was launched across various social media platforms from 27 March and will be running until 17 April 2020.

Carl Bates, the brainchild of this project joins us on the line to tell us more…