It’s not only art for the time of the virus, it’s also going to ...


It’s not only art for the time of the virus, it’s also going to help end it

Everard Read has put together a pertinent online expo, and 50% of profits are being donated to fight Covid-19

Robyn Alexander

Created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s establishment of the Solidarity Fund (, Staring Straight to the Future ( is presented by Everard Read galleries. It’s an online exhibition of works by eminent South African artists, with 50% of the proceeds going to the fund, after artist payments.

The exhibition, explains curator Charles Shields, takes its title from an artwork by Bambo Sibiya and “aims to resonate as a tender anthem, giving succour in some way, encouraging gratitude for what we’ve had and — hopefully — inspiration for what we will seek out when this time is over”.

In his exhibition notes, Shields evocatively writes: “Could ... Deborah Bell, whose Sentinels (2020) were conceived as gatekeepers for humanity — holding the centre in a chaotic world — have imagined the scale of the tsunami from which we might need protection? Could Ricky Dyaloyi have imagined how his depiction of the clamouring streets of Khayelitsha, titled Feisty Survivors, might become both an ode to resilience and a prayer for clemency?”..

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