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January 25, 2009

Blues Nuns playing with Hilary Wallis painting on stage

Blues Nuns playing with Hilary Wallis painting on stage

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

On February 23rd 2008 a small pub in Southwark, South East London will be the host of a unique performance where music and painting are combined for the first fundraiser of innovative non profit organisation Artfully AWARE.

Through the implementation of educational and therapeutic art, drama, dance, music and media programs, Artfully AWARE aims to bypass the bureaucracy and offer an alternative to the larger NGO’S.

Internationally renown artist Hilary Wallis started Artfully AWARE, which utilises art in all its forms to inspire, educate and serve as a bridge between various communities in developed as well as developing nations around the globe.

On the 23rd Hilary has teamed up with London based band The Blues Nuns to begin the first stages of fundraising for Artfully AWARE’S pilot project. The proceeds from the night will provide funding for the follow up of the Empowerment Through Art programme, which was established by Hilary in Uganda’s Tororo district in 2006.

Empowerment Through Art was designed to assist the rehabilitation of communities in Uganda affected by severe poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic through therapeutic painting sessions.

“Many people within the communities I spent time with had such traumatic experiences that they literally could not speak about them. The workshops I ran were incredibly moving to be part of because I witnessed these people use paintings to express and describe their emotions in a way they had never had the chance to before,” said Hilary.

Since her last visit, she has been fielding requests from the various communities asking for a follow up. “What’s very apparent is they need a sustainable programme that will provide the materials and training for them to continue the painting sessions themselves.”

Hilary will be painting live during the band’s performance forming a duet of music and art. This painting will be sold in an auction on the night.

Venue:  The Union Jack Pub, Union Street, Southwark (5 mins from Southwark Tube, 10-15 mins from Waterloo – see map: http://tinyurl.com/2qzpr9 )

Warm-ups from 7pm, Nuns from 8pm, DJ from 11-ish, bar closes at 1am.

Emily Hatfield

Communications Director

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