This month we’ve been celebrating Canon Collins scholars and alumni who are contributing to southern Africa’s vibrant arts & culture scene in the fields of literature, fine art, drama and more. For 2018, the Canon Collins alumni community have selected Princess Alice Sibanda (PhD Drama & Performance, University of KwaZulu-Natal) as their ‘Scholars’ Scholar’- the individual who most embodies the Trust’s mission of promoting an open and just society in southern Africa. In our latest scholar podcast series we spoke to Princess about how she is using participatory theatre to help sex workers to reclaim their personal narratives, as well as three other scholars who are harnessing their creative talents to empower marginalised communities, challenge stereotypes, and promote reconciliation in divided societies.
The Canon Collins Trust has long recognised the power of the Arts to effect social change. As well as supporting the development of promising artists and academics through our scholarships programmes, the Trust has had close ties to a number of southern African artists and performers who, in the days of apartheid and its aftermath, used their talents and fame to draw the world's attention to the horrors of the regime and its devastating social legacies. One such artist, who performed at a star-studded benefit for the Canon Collins Trust in 2001, was the great jazz musician Hugh Masekela who sadly passed away earlier this month.
Thank you for you for recognising the importance of the Arts in southern Africa and for helping us to support the next generation of creative change-makers in the region.
Learning, Knowledge and Communications Officer