Rhino Record is a group exhibition which is currently running at the Afropolitan Gallery in Victoria Yards and 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.
Rhino Record, which runs until 5th February 2019, is an exhibition within the gallery featuring James Delaney’s Rhino Orphanage through his metal sculpture works; Kelly 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 John Moore will exhibit a collection of works of rhinos that focus on environmental issues by using the rhino to represent the planet.
Through an open call, artists were asked to take part in this exhibition. Following this works were selected from Cromwell Ngobeni with his large charcoal works; Boitumelo Diseko’s pen on paper and Kgalalelo Gaitate’s illustrations in ink and pen. There are also print works by Elisabeth Knittelfelder and jewellery by Helene Thomas.
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 will host a series of public events including during the December holidays which is an ideal activity for children and adults. Paint kits and canvases are available for purchase at R350.
Through the Makers Valley Collective, local schools within the Victoria Yards Community in Lorentzville will take part in the public art initiative. If you would like to support a child to paint a canvas, the cost is R250.
Rhino Record, runs at the Afropolitan Gallery, Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Opening times are Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 and the first Sunday of every month as part of the First Sunday’s arts and entertainment events in east downtown Johannesburg.