Thursday, October 5, 2023

Botswana Designers Draw for Democracy

The idea behind Poster for Tomorrow is to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect us all. Poster for Tomorrow is the main project of ‘4 Tomorrow’, an independent and non-profit organisation.

“Draw Me Democracy” is a series of 12 workshops that are happening across the world in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The workshop is endorsed by the UNDEF and takes place At REWA education centre in Gaborone from the 21st to the 25th May 2012.The workshop will be facilitated by Luba Lukova, who will be coming from New York for the event.

Regarded as one of the most distinctive image makers working today, Luba Lukova has held solo exhibitions at UNESCO in Paris, DDD Gallery in Osaka, La MaMa in New York and the Art Institute of Boston.

Her many awards include the Grand Prix Savignac at the International Poster Salon in Paris, the Gold Pencil from The One Club in New York, and Honor Laureate at the International Poster Exhibition in Fort Collins, CO.

Luba’s work is represented in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, and Bibliotheque Nationale de France. She is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Social Justice Poster Portfolio’ which contains visual reactions to many of the pressing issues of our time. The portfolio has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and around the world and was recently included in the permanent art collection of the World Bank.

Luba will present this workshop to a cross section of local designers and design students from the Botswana design community.

The REWA education centre, run by Priyanka Hunda, generally focuses on raising the standards of child education in Botswana. REWA feels that the ethos of the workshop matches that of the centre.
REWA recognises the fundamental need for everyone to have access to a good education.

An international workshop of this calibre cannot happen without the active support of members of the local community. Poster for Tomorrow would like to thank REWA for providing the venue and access to computers and the necessary design software, Artswana for their generous donation of art materials, Canon for the loan of a scanner printer for the workshop, and Pick n Pay for providing basic necessities and refreshments. The Journey of Hope Botswana has loaned a projector and tables for the workshop, and the French Embassy is an on-going supporter of Poster for Tomorrow.

Behind the scenes Kylie Keevil from Wild Fire PR, has worked closely with Nicola Holgate from Open Studios Botswana and Poster for Tomorrow to identify and inform potential participants and to arrange all the details that a workshop entails.

IBotswana ÔÇô ÔÇô will be posting photos and write ups on the workshop, as well as displaying the best posters created.


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