Journey to the other side
The Karunai Illam Trust exists to support an Illam, or Children’s Home, in Nilakkottai, India. Founded in 1987 by Wellington’s Jean Watson, the Illam helps provide care and education for disadvantaged children. Since its inception the trust has helped hundreds of vulnerable children – housing and feeding them, and covering school fees, school supplies and school uniforms.
To celebrate 25 years of the trust – and to fundraise for the building of a brand new Illam – a group of volunteers have put together The Journey, a multifaceted event combining art, music, and the opportunity to hear directly from the children currently at the home.
The centrepiece of The Journey is a live art show, in which Wellington artists will create brand new sculptures in front of an audience. The resulting works will be sold by auction that night, alongside some existing art pieces donated by local artists and collectors, with all proceeds going directly to the trust. Over 40 artists will be represented.
The sculptors will be accompanied by live jazz, blues and soul from musicians such as Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver and the Stephanie Bishop Quartet; there will also be performances from Indian and New Zealand performance art groups.
Finally, Jean Watson herself will launch the first screening of a short documentary about the Illam. Quite a spectrum of entertainment, and all for an excellent cause.