The Sotho proverb that “a person is a person because of other people” or “Motho ke motho ka batho babang” is an ideal that motivates DSW to give back to the community. DSW has participated in a number of public art collaboration projects such as the Cool Capital DIY Biennale, Africa Burn and Site Specific.
DSW views education at grass roots level as vitally important for the development and advancement of South Africa. The studio often presents tours for school and corporate groups, where our artists and artisans demonstrate the different processes involved in bronze casting. DSW provides internships to qualified Fine Art graduates where students can gain valuable hands-on sculpture experience within the foundry environment. In 2018 DSW teamed up with the Tshwane University of Technology Sculpture Department to provide practise based internships for final year sculpture students as part of their curriculum.
Finally, the studio is an avid supporter of the Click Foundation and the Make A Difference Foundation, two charities who raise funds to help with education of the youth in South Africa. Through our in-house artists we annually donate sculptures to their art auctions, the MAD Charity Auction and Art Angels, making a contribution in a manner that would otherwise not have been possible.
We welcome visiting tours where we address traditional and modern foundry processes and studio practices. With this, our aim is to stimulate visual literacy, art awareness and to motivate the youth to pursue art as a tool to communicate with and to self-express through ‘visual speak’.
Organised groups of school children, tertiary students and corporate groups visit DSW studio for educational and inspirational excursions, on a regular basis.
As a creative body, DSW often participates in art exhibitions that host the diversity of the collective. The forth Dionysus Sculpture Works Studio Exhibition (2013) took place at the Arts Association of Pretoria and in 2015 the DSW biannual exhibition, titled Syncopation was presented at the NWU art gallery, in Potchefstroom. This initiative evolved in its ambition to a large scale DSW retrospective, titled; Tacit: Celebrating 20 years at DSW Sculpture Works and Foundry. Tacit was exhibited respectively at NWU gallery, Potchefstroom, and the William Humphreys art gallery, Kimberley (2016).
The foundry and art studio support selected charity organisations and initiatives: the Click foundation education program and related Art Angels charity art auction; Surgeons for Little Lives charity art auction and Mad charity art auction for the Make a Difference foundation.
Our motto is: ‘motho ke motho ka botho babang’, which translates to, ‘a person is a person because of other people’.