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Real Stories Gallery launches thought-provoking international artists’ HIV prevention campaign in support of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.

May 13, 2010

May 13th 2010

Real Stories Gallery has been inspired by the many voices of artists concerned for their friends and neighbours dealing daily with the scourge of HIV within their communities.

Real Stories Gallery is a not-for-profit online visual arts HIV prevention campaign in which visual storytelling is the medium and the artist is the messenger.  Artists, as empathetic storytellers and members of their communities, are powerful messengers able to facilitate widespread and meaningful HIV prevention across the breadth and diversity of communities around the world.

Real Stories Gallery, partnering with Art for Humanity (S.A.) and Urban Thought Arts Ensemble (U.S.A.), invites international artists to create artworks based on stories of people within their own neighborhoods and social or professional networks, whose lives are affected by HIV.   These visual stories, along with a written narrative, will be exhibited on

Real Stories Gallery will be open to viewers and buyers who have interest in the visual arts.  Any buyers purchasing artworks to support the artists will make an additional contribution to the cause of prevention.  This will be used to strengthen the mobile community Tutu Tester program, run by the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation within South Africa.

All visitors to the site will be provided with access to HIV prevention information, which will be implicit within the visual arts and storytelling submissions; and through specially created HIV prevention videos created and gifted to the cause by international artists, poets and songwriters; and those working on the front line of HIV prevention.

Camouflage,” Real Stories Gallery Body Painting HIV Prevention Video poem. Words, narration & Body Art by Derrick Little (artist & poet, U.S.A.)

Beautiful Mosiac” Real Stories Gallery Body Painting HIV Prevention Video poem. Poem written & narrated by Kareemah El-Amin (poet, U.S.A.) Body Art, Derrick Little (artist, U.S.A.)

Play It Safe,” Real Stories Gallery HIV Prevention song, T.J. Cases, Cuthouse Records (songwriter, Nigeria/U.K.)


Marilyn Martin (writer, curator and former Director of South African National Museum).


Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (South Africa)


Art For Humanity (South Africa).  Jan Jordaan, Director.

Urban Thought Arts Ensemble (U.S.A.).  Kareemah El-Amin, Founder.

Development Consultants Group / Data-Core Systems Inc. (India / U.S.A.).  Shanta Ghosh, Chairperson.

Aicon Gallery (U.K./ U.S.A.).  Professor Prajit Dutta, Founder. (U.S.A.).  Eric Krock, Founder.


SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, U.K.).  Professor Paul Webley, Director.

VANSA (Visual Arts Network South Africa).  Peter Hayes, Director.


Rachel Chapple, PhD (social anthropologist, U.K.)

Frances Richardson, M.A. R.C.A. (artist/sculptor. U.K.)

Jill Trappler, B.A. (artist, South Africa)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mrs Maphumulo permalink
    September 4, 2010 12:08 pm

    I am really willing to be part of this Art work my concern is that I train Art to Deaf students at a high school level is it possible to have the sponsor for the painting materials so this discriminated youth be exposed in the development programmes. They specialise in canvass painting but there are no materials to support their involvement in any programs.

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