For the last two years we’ve focused on a poster competition that has addressed the right to freedom of expression and fought for the universal abolition of the death penalty. In 2011 we want to raise awareness of the right to education that everyone in the world has, regardless of economic situation, gender, religion or handicap.
So, as well as the poster competition, this year for the first time we’ll be running a series of workshops across Africa to give young African designers the chance to work with some of the leading designers in the world.
And why young designers? Because we believe passionately that young people are the future of the world, and that with these workshops we can provide young African designers with a set of tools and contacts that will give them better access to the international market, and to set up a longer term platform for design in their own countries.
We will host workshops in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. This will be led by a team of leading designers from across the world working in Europe and America, such as Reza Abedini (Iran), Michal Batory (France), Yossi Lemel (Israel), Guy Schockaert (Belgium), Niklaus Troxler (Switzerland), amongst the others, who have volunteered a week of their time to come to Africa and lead workshops in their areas of expertise.
Every designer leading the workshops is giving their time for free, but the average cost for each workshop is still €3.000. The majority of these costs come through travel expenses and accommodation (if it’s not possible to stay at the partner university) and we’d like to point out that we’re a non-profit organisation so no money will be made from these workshops.
So at the moment we’re looking for financial support to make these workshops happen. Obviously we’re extremely grateful for any contribution at all, but we’re looking primarily for donations of 50, 100, 500, or 1000 Euros.
In return you’ll become a partner of our project and be featured in our annual book that will be published at the end of 2011.
If you would like to support this project in this, or any other, way, please let us know! Email Hervé Matine at: email@example.com