They stand their ground against gender-based violence project

In 2021 the ARROW-INDRA SAUKINDIA project built on the 2020 climate change and culture, clothing, identity and gender issues and hosted the arts for social change Scarecrow project and skill transference workshops funded by National Arts Council in South Africa - see  Be a scarecrow against gender-based violence by ARROWSA, Scarecrows in solidarity by South Roots International and   They Stand Their Ground by ARROWSA. The project was extended in October 2021 to also emphasise the process of using recycled materials for the figures as part of My Phone Call to the World COP26 project. An image from Gorse Hill Studios Textile Woman was also added to two new banners that were added to the exhibition. We nurture our Mother Earth as we should nurture our mothers, sisters and all women and those who are victims of gender-based violence. The South Roots International team from Cape Town visited the exhibition in October 2021. To see their reaction to the exhibition iNkululeko Freedom




The partners in the project included South Africa, India and UK:  ARROWSA Bechet led by Bheki Dlamini, Vincent Salanji and Mary Lange, Durban Local History Museums led by Ayanda Ngcobo and Mohau Qalaza, CCMS, UKZN represented by Luyanda Makoba-Hadebe, South Roots International led by Noluthando Shandu and Shanette Martin, Gorse Hill Studios led by Rianna Lynch and Caroline Gleaves, Touchstones Rochdale led by Natalie Crompton and Lisa Allen and SHEF led by Felipe Pozo and Arunima Trivedi.  A number of the skill transference workshops focused on gender issues particularly as related to 'what is gender?', 'What is gender-based violence?' and 'How are power relations evident in the representation of gender in public spaces?'

The project They stand their ground against gender-based violence includes the creation of artworks from recyclable materials and the representation of communities guarding against gender-based violence in the same way that scarecrows guard the crops against predators. The project takes on the form of a campaign - a sustainable campaign as called for by Ayanda Ngcobo and Bheki Dlamini in the 2020 sessions.


She who stands her ground


One of the ARROW-INDRA SAUKINDIA 2021 skills transference workshops was facilitated by multi-media UK artist Maggi Squire (see instagram @maggisquire). Inspired by Maggi's work, the gender focused workshops and personal experiences each partner country endeavoured to create figures from recyclable materials that would represent communities that are victims of gender-based violence.  Each partner was challenged to join in a campaign to stand against gender-based violence in all its forms—in the same way as a scarecrow stands in the ground to protect the crops—we will all  ‘stand our ground’ and not budge in our resolve to guard society, in whatever way we can, against gender-based violence.  


They stand their ground durban city hall

ARROW-INDRA SAUKINDIA culture, clothes and gender issues

UK presentation gender violence


From August 2020 to December 2021 youth, arts practitioners and heritage practitioners from Durban and Cape Town in South Africa, Rochdale in the UK and Lucknow in India came together once every two weeks to explore culture, clothing and gender issues. This project was an extension of the South to North project and included a number of ARROWSA partners within Durban South Africa such as Ayanda Ngcobo and two interns from Bergtheil Local History Museums and CCMS, UKZN Masters student Luyanda Makoba- Hadebe as well as arts and culture facilitators Felipe Pozo and Arunima Trevidi from Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) and PhD candidate Natalie Crompton and youth from Touchstones Rochdale Museum and the youth from South Roots International in the Cape Flats.

The youth presented  and debated at each session on their particular culture's influence on clothing and gender issues. At the end of the project South Roots International's  Shanette Martin edited a video based on the project that was narrated by Sue-Livia van Wyk and titled: Culture, clothing, identity and gender issues  The video was funded by National Arts Council South Africa. 

The ARROW-INDRA SAUKINIDA and South to North projects merged in 2021 to form the Scarecrow project.



ARROW-INDRA South to North: Climate Change project

climate change project


As part of an ARROWSA strategic initiative to expand and entrench local, national and international South to North and South to South partnerships, ARROWSA initiated a number of projects under the umbrella title South to North. These projects were partially funded by the National Arts Council in South Africa. Partners in the South to North Climate Change project included South Roots International in the Cape Flats, South Africa and Indra hubs in Manchester, Gorsehill Studios and Touchstones Rochdale. The project included fortnightly online arts for social change sessions that the hubs rotated in leading between June and December 2020. See ARROWSA youth, Vincent Salanji's video on old and young speaking about climate change ARROWSA leader of the Performing Arts Portfolio, Bheki Dlamini, extended the project into Bechet High School where he led the planting of trees, a vegetable garden and initiated recycling bins. The youth conducted their own research on what worked and what didn't as they explored what their highlights in the project were, what art form was used in this highlight and what action it inspired in them - see

Phone Call to the World, Creative

PCTW branding

PHONE CALL TO THE WORLD is a creative response project for COP26, led by Scottish Youth Theatre and funded by the British Council. In the project young people from three continents who are hubs of Indra Congress will create digital performance-based work on climate change and topics related thereto that will inform, question, confront and make demands of its different audiences. They will create short works that pack a punch in their messaging and are easily consumed via social media and other digital platforms so they can permeate more people’s daily existence. An example is the short script, created by Scottish Youth Theatre, that ARROWSA Bechet youth recorded in different languages. The script highlights the poor health of Mother Earth: Emergency services ARROWSA Bechet PCTW 

ARROWSA will lead a South African (SA) team of 58 people of project leaders, arts facilitators and youth participants: 36-38 x ARROWSA Bechet and 4-6 Local History Museum Bremen alumni in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and 16 x South Roots International (SRI), Cape Flats, Western Cape Province. The work will be coordinated, managed and delivered by arts facilitators with youth and secondary school students. CCMS, UKZN is also a non-arts partner of the project. The project will take place between April and November 2021. It will bring together a team of diversity that supports equity and transformation in SA. Online arts activities and face-to-face meetings for social change will be the core approach. Initially local issues be explored by the two groups as they come from distinct geographical regions. In September SRI will drive up the East Coast of SA to Durban. Enroute they will plant Spekboom, Portulacaria afra or appropriate indigenous flora, that they propagate: Propagating Spekboom - SRI for PCTW . These represent “telephone poles” that reconnect the people and the environment. A week’s meeting of the two groups will be held in Durban. During this they will interact with non-arts partners e.g., visit the Palmiet Nature Reserve and the Bergtheil Museum Palmiet exhibition to learn of the impact of climate change on biodiversity. They will also script, rehearse and film a joint performance to be disseminated on numerous platforms including COP26.

Links to interim works created:   

Save the Environment ARROWSA Bechet PCTW 

Ecobricks as a tool for Environmental Education ARROWSA Web1 Jessica Ross PCTW

Localising Environmental Injustice ARROWSA  Web2 Shannon Landers PCTW

Casey Spinner response ARROWSA Bechet Web2 PCTW 




Marking Memories: Rock engraving-Mashishing Mpumalanga

Laurena and JP Mashishing

Marking Memories is a collaborative research project on the cross-cultural rock engraving traditions in Mashishing, Mpumalanga. The project builds on the Biesje Poort project.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions Marking Memories was adapted to an online project based on the original concept of Prof Roger Fisher of UP and Artefacts . The project is partially funded by the National Heritage Council in South Africa and focuses on the cross-cultural reception of the rock engraving heritage that falls under the Lydenburg Museum, led by archaeologist JP Celliers. The research project is based at CCMS, UKZN with the research leader, Prof Lauren Dyll. ARROWSA plays a coordinating role led by Dr Mary Lange. Several of the team mentioned, including Prof Dyll, are also on ARROWSA management. The collaborative project includes community leaders and families linked to the Boomplaats rock engraving site as well as teachers and museum staff from Mashishing. Other institutions and communities that are collaborating in the project are: KhoiSan traditional healers and crafters from the Kalahari, Belinda and Oeliset Org and Lydia, Isak and //ankie Kruiper, archaeologist Prof David Morris of McGregor Museum, Nama specialist Pedro Dausab, culture and communication specialist Luthando Ngema from UKZN and ARROWSA, development specialist Miliswa Magongo from WITS and ARROWSA, performing artist and educator Bheki Dlamini from Bechet High School and ARROWSA,  Shanette Martin leading South Roots International team in the Cape Flats, architect Dr Magda Minguzzi from NMU, Karoo indigenous community and Graaff Reinet Museum’s Anziske Kayser, artist Tamar Mason from Artists Press and artists and indigenous community of Mpumalanga linked to Artist’s Press  . Marking Memories is presently a short-term project – 2019 to 2021 but has the potential to become an ongoing project as more specialists, individuals and communities share their perceptions of our rock/ engraving national heritage.