Founding Donors Diane Johnstone and Bruce Haigh

   
Founding Donors Diane Johnstone and Bruce Haigh

Founding Donors Diane Johnstone and Bruce Haigh visit to SA – June 2010


They started it all with their commitment to helping the struggle artists of the 1970s. As Australian diplomats in SA they were appalled by the restrictions on the artist endeavours of balck musicians, dancers, visual artists. It started with them sneaking into the (forbidden) townships to listen to jazz and ended when they went back home with much loved and extensive collections of black art. Both Di and Bruce always wanted to help – with financial aid from buying these unique art works from the townships when exhibitions by black painters and sculptors were banned. And they always promised to send their collections back home to be enjoyed and remembered by the people of South Africa and the generations who weren’t there at the time. They did this in 2004/5 and Ifa Lethu was born. Their unselfish and generous gifts have been followed by many across the world – from 11 different countries so far. The collection now numbers more than 300 pieces and is being used to developm the next generation of young creative entrepreneurs who attend the various Ifa Lethu training and development projects. The opening of the Home & Away exhibition at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg in June 2010 was the perfect opportunity for both Di and Bruce to join us to celebrate this remarkable exhibition and to strengthen the SA-Australian ties. Apart from the exhibition itself the Ifa Lethu Board enjoyed some downtime with these two Australian ambassadors for South African art.

 
 
 
l-r: stnding Raymond Louw, Dr Narissa Ramdhani, Carolyn Schoeman, Bruce Haigh, Dr Ivan May, Bette Kun, Victor Gordon seated: Aus HC Anne Harrup, Amb Lindiwe Mabuza, Di Johnstone, Ann Louw   Lots to listen to
     
 
Everyone had a few minutes to speak   Carolyn & Dr Ramdhani
     
 
Amb Mabuza - warm & vibrant!   Summer Place
     
 
Di Johnstone