Longtime dakarois started buzzing about the annual Dakar Women’s Group Art Show last month, wondering if it would happen this year and if so, what form it would take. Newcomers to Dakar have been asking what this art show is all about and why everyone seems so interested in it.
I’ll tell you why.
The 2021 DWG Art Show features over 65 local artists and their carefully curated works in an online format that allows you to browse, ooh and ahh, share and shop from the comfort of your home (or during that boring Zoom meeting…).
But it’s more than Dakar’s largest art show, more than just decorating your walls. For every purchase, 20% is donated to DWG charities that support women, education and healthcare in Senegal. Last year, the DWG Art Show raised over 4.5 million CFA for local charities, and each of us can have a part in that this year.
You can browse the DWG Art Show Facebook page and their Instagram account now to get to know the featured artists, and all the artwork will be available for viewing on www.thedwg.org starting Monday, May 3rd. (Go ahead and click. I know you want to, even though the site is hidden until the 3rd!)
“In the face of a worldwide health crisis, the incredible artist community here in Senegal have had significant setbacks and yet they have continued to support one another and create moving, provocative, and innovative work.”— Jen Davis, co-chair for the 2021 DWG Art Show
Those that have frequented the Art Show in years past know that one of the highlights we all look forward to is… The Squares! Each featured artist donates a 20 cm x 20 cm square work they create on the chosen theme, and this year 100% of those sales will go to DWG-funded charities. Mark your calendars for the Virtual Vernissage on May 6th from 10am to 10pm Dakar o’clock and hop on to bid in the auction for the square pieces on the theme of Resilience. (An excellent theme for 2021, eh? So be resilient. Keep bidding! Keep bidding!)
Online sales for this 19th edition of the charitable art show will open online Friday, May 7th, and close on Sunday, May 16th.