Giving World Online expands its surplus corporate goods service

first_imgGiving World Online expands its surplus corporate goods service About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 12 January 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Giving World Online, the platform for redistributing surplus corporate goods, is expanding its service across the Midlands, thanks to a Big Lottery grant.The service lets companies redirect surplus goods to charities and community groups in their local area, with the aim of alleviating poverty. The site handles a wide range of items including clothing, shoes, bedding, toiletries, educational items such as books, CD’s and DVD’s, cutlery, toys, office equipment, stationery, computers and arts and crafts materials.The three-year funding will help Giving World Online expand its service across the UK.The charity which runs it was set up 11 years ago as Konnect9 by sisters Rama and Sujata Bhalla, who were highly commended in the New Initiatives category of the Beacon Fellowship.Giving World Online is working with companies including Eon, John Lewis, and the University of Leicester. During 2011 it ensured that 72 tonnes of good quality items went to local community organisations rather than to Tagged with: Digital Donated goods Midlands  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Harvard acquires new work by Kara Walker

first_imgIn 2007, the Harvard Art Museums mounted an exhibit by contemporary American artist Kara Walker in honor of the inauguration of Drew Faust, the University’s 28th president and a historian of the Civil War. “Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)” combined a series of lithographic reproductions from an 1866 anthology with Walker’s evocative silhouettes.An online description noted that the work showed that “the roots of racism in the United States were hardly eradicated with the abolition of slavery.” Ten years later, as Faust prepares to step down, Walker remains one of the most powerful and culturally relevant artists in the U.S., holding up a mirror to a country in which high democratic ideals exist alongside the lowest expressions of racism and hate. And now, her work is once again at center stage at Harvard.On Tuesday, the museums announced the acquisition of “U.S.A. Idioms,” a massive drawing and collage and the largest drawing in a collection of approximately 250,000 works. Walker created the image this past summer. The work depicts a series of figures, both African-Americans and their oppressors. Some are woven through the branches of a dead tree; others perch atop a dark stump. A torn Confederate flag waves from one branch. What appears to be a white flag waves from another.“This is a powerhouse of a work — provocative in its subject and scale and also, as a drawing, incredibly beautiful and technically exhilarating,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Given the teaching and learning mission of the Harvard Art Museums, and our legacy as a site for the study of great drawings from across time and place, it feels especially appropriate for us to bring this new and compelling work to Cambridge.”Kara Walker’s “U.S.A. Idioms”  “… is a powerhouse of a work — provocative in its subject and scale and also, as a drawing, incredibly beautiful and technically exhilarating,” said Martha Tedeschi. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2017.220. © Kara Walker; image courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New YorkCurators expect the piece to attract interest from across the University and beyond, including scholars focused on issues of race, history, contemporary politics, and nontraditional American narratives.“Walker’s willingness to foreground ‘contentious images and objectionable ideas,’ to use the artist’s own words, challenges us to not look away,” Tedeschi said.Sarah Lewis, an assistant professor of history of art and architecture and of African and African-American studies at Harvard, said the new acquisition is both an exceptional work of art and an extraordinary teaching tool.“This is a work that I think has embedded within it a way to teach about the structure of racial hierarchies and racial formation through aesthetics,” said Lewis. “Whether it’s because of the iconography of the tree or the various different tropes, and how she’s engaging with the Confederate flag, there are many ways that you could parse that one object and treat it as an object of study for weeks.”Walker was unavailable for an interview, but her remarks accompanying the recent New York exhibit that featured “U.S.A. Idioms” garnered almost as much attention as the show itself.“I roll my eyes, fold my arms and wait,” Walker wrote. “How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South.”The artist has been a regular visitor to campus in recent years. In 2014 she spoke at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In October, she received the W.E.B. Du Bois medal “for art that refuses to tell a simple story about this country’s history or present,” said Tedeschi, who introduced the award.“I seemed to have made a reputation for saying a lot on paper and not a lot out loud,” said Walker during the event. “I will keep that tradition alive. But I do want to thank you very much for this honor.”In 1997, Walker was awarded a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation, which praised her installations as “graphic and violent tableaus that explore the vestiges of sexual, physical, and racial exploitation in a challenging manner.”One example of that vision is “A Subtlety,” Walker’s 2014 installation in a defunct Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Crafted from 80 tons of granulated sugar, the work — a giant sculpture of a naked black woman in the pose of a sphinx — drew thousands of art lovers to New York and inspired countless online viewings.Harvard holds several early works by Walker, including prints, textual prints, silhouette works, a pop-up book, and a linocut, but nothing to match the scale or technique of the newly acquired piece.“Kara Walker has been on my top five list forever,” said Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, who, with curator Edouard Kopp, helped the museums secure “U.S.A. Idioms.”The piece is a “masterpiece of intimacy and scale,” she added.Kopp noted Walker’s sense of art history. “U.S.A. Idioms,” he said, pays homage to Francisco Goya’s “The Disasters of War,” a series of 82 prints created between 1810 and 1820 that depict scenes of death and despair.Similar sensibilities link the two artists, Kopp said. While Goya was considered an artist of the Enlightenment, he “looked not just at the light but the darkness of the human spirit, and [at] what can happen when reason sleeps. Something similar could be applied or brought to the reading of Walker’s work.”Curators are still finalizing a plan for installation of the new piece. It will likely be displayed on its own, said Enriquez. “There are only a couple of places in our building where the ceilings are high enough.”last_img read more

LIVE: African Player of the Year awards

first_img*****Complete list of winners at the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony in Accra Thursday:Player of the Year1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool/ENG), 2. Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool/ENG), 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund/GER)Women’s Player of the YearAsisat Oshoala (Nigeria, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (Zambia, Liefering/AUT)Coach of the YearHector Cuper (Egypt)Club of the YearWydad Casablanca (Morocco)National Team of the YearEgyptWomen’s National Team of the YearSouth Africa African Player of the Year Award nominees, Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R), attend a media briefing on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony. PHOTO AFPSalah completes awards hat-trickAccra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the African Player of the Year. The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has now been voted African Player of the year, BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon were  the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah  installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”#AiteoCAFawards2017 TweetsSalah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Salah coud become only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more