Community Art Workshops Catalyst Training

Purple Hand Africa Trust collaborated to implement the Community  Art Workshop Catalyst Training together with Writers’ Cafe and Trans and Intersex Rising Zimbabwe (TIRZ). Writers’ Cafe is an initiative that is working towards creating inclusive spaces for wellness through writing and TIRZ is an organisation focused on advancing the cause for trans* and intersex communities through empowerment programmes.

Together in April 2019 we had an application callout for potential Community Art Workshop Catalysts, who were chosen based on their grasp of a personal problem related to being LGBTIQ in Zimbabwe and ideation of a creative campaign as a solution. 8 participants were selected to take part in the training workshop.

The first part covered an introduction to sexuality and gender diversity, followed by self reflection and self discovery with a final day covering a session on sexual health and art for activism, where they took the first step of bringing their campaign ideas to life through assistance from the team and fellow participants.

The 8 trainees consist of 4 transgender, 2 lesbian, 1 gay and 1 non binary youth aged between 18 and 25 years. 

Be on a lookout for the participants amazing campaigns which we believe are going to be of great impact in the LGBTIQ movement in the country.

Team behind the Community Art Workshops Catalyst Training From left to right: Bee Pollan (TIRZ), Leona (Min of Health), Lorraine, Arthur (Waruka), Millz (Writers' Cafe)
Team behind the Community Art Workshops Catalyst Training From left to right: Bee Pollan (TIRZ), Leona (Min of Health), Lorraine, Arthur (Waruka), Millz (Writers' Cafe)
Team behind the Community Art Workshops Catalyst Training From left to right: Bee Pollan (TIRZ), Millz (Writers' Cafe), Arthur (Waruka), Leona (Min of Health), Trevor (Purple Hand Africa) and Tiny
Team behind the Community Art Workshops Catalyst Training From left to right: Bee Pollan (TIRZ), Millz (Writers' Cafe), Arthur (Waruka), Leona (Min of Health), Trevor (Purple Hand Africa) and Tiny
Participants working on their Gingerbread People
Session on gender and power dynamics
Session on gender and power dynamics
One of the participants working on their body mapping
One of the participants working on their body mapping
Tiny giving a presentation of their body map
Tiny giving a presentation of their body map
Millz having a one on one with a participant during the self discover and reflection session
Millz having a one on one with a participant during the self discover and reflection session
Participants doing some reflective writing
Leona and Bee Pollan leading the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights session
Leona and Bee Pollan leading the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights session
Discussion on Art for Activism