Arts & Crafts

Chicken Challenge behind the scenes

Chicken Challenge behind the scenes

This year the ever-popular Chicken Challenge in aid of the Greater Rape Intervention Project (GRIP) takes place from June 16 to July 11 at the White River Gallery situated at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre outside White River. Get it pays a visit to three local artists to find out why they have gotten involved.

Karin Daymond


Renowned landscape artist, Karin Daymond, lives in Mbombela with her husband. She has participated in the Chicken Challenge since the first exhibition. “I get my inspiration from the cause: GRIP is an organisation worth supporting. Participating artists have the opportunity to use a positive initiative to aid an organisation dealing mainly with human pain and horror,” she says.

Art lovers worldwide are fascinated by Karin’s landscapes and she is, in turn, fascinated by the fact that every South African brings his own experience to the land. She explains, “Some landscapes connect with a certain emotion and state of mind. Take the Karoo, for instance: It is difficult to find beauty in this desolate, barren terrain. When I painted Karoo landscapes, I had to form a relationship with the land. I experienced the landscape by walking in it, smelling it and feeling the wind in my face. Then I went home, fetched the emotions it provoked from deep inside and painted.”

Karin’s deep relationship with landscapes is also evident in her chickens. In 2014 she painted “Chicken Lichen” in what she refers to as her “lichen phase”. Both chickens names “Free State” and “Inside Out” respectively were also landscape-inspired chickens and was exhibited at the 2015 exhibition.

She is part of the team organising the yearly event. “I love the way in which the Chicken Challenge has grown its own energy, deriving momentum from the enthusiasm of the artists as well as the wholesomeness of the cause.”
Karin’s chicken promises to be another creative creation and can be viewed at the gallery.

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Contact Karin at or

Beverley Hollard


Beverley Hollard is an inspiring, energetic fashion designer who lives with her family on a farm on the Kaapsehoop Road.

A few years ago she and her family left the bright lights and big city of Johannesburg behind to settle in the Lowveld. Beverly is owner of her very own fashion label: Beverley Hollard South Africa or, in short, BHZAonline. She also prints most of the fabrics she uses by hand and describes her creations. “I get inspiration from a trip to India a while ago and, being South African, also from everything African. This leaves my fashion with a strong Afro-Indian influence.” She uses silk screening and also incorporates age-old textile -design techniques such as batik and shibori.
“I think I must be half Indian,” she declares. Her love and fascination with India is not only captured in her fashion, but also in the chicken she created for the Chicken Challenge. She turned it into a creative peacock by using her hand printed fabrics and christened it “Peachick”.

Peachick is Beverley’s first attempt at decorating a chicken for the challenge. She explains that it is all about fun and creating something beautiful. “All my projects are always directed at either earning money or making something for my children. For the first time in a long while, I’m doing something for fun and in the process I am also supporting GRIP, a brilliant cause.”

Once you have seen Beverley’s fashion (and do not forget her chicken) you will fall in love with her beautiful creations.

Get in touch
Visit Beverley’s Facebook page, Bhzaonline

Thea Lemmer


Thea Lemmer’s house in Barberton is one huge, colourful gallery where she exhibits numerous of her own artworks in different mediums. She uses anything from oil paint to printing and pewter embossing to create pieces.

She has been a resident of the town for 36 years where she and her husband still lives. For 30 of the 36 years she has been enthusiastically teaching art and crafts to children and adults of all ages. Thea, who studied art at the University of Pretoria, loves creating things and works in nearly every medium under the sun.

Her love of crafting beautiful, textures canvasses and objects is evident in both chickens she created for this year’s Chicken Challenge – her first.

Thea calls her first chicken a GRIP chic. She used a lot of natural objects as well as paint to decorate it, for instance wooden beads and leather. The wings represent GRIP’s logo – two people, of which one is the victim, taking hands.
The other chicken is an antique toy chick on wheels. She explains the concept: “Just as certain energy drinks give you wings, GRIP gives wheels to the victims they are assisting. They help them to get back on their feet, move forward and again belief in a bright future.”

GRIP’s positive impact on victims of rape is evident in both of Thea’s beautiful chickens.

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About the Chicken Challenge

Since 2014 it has been organised annually to raise funds for GRIP. It is a highly successful community-based, non-profit organisation that supports victims of rape as well as police intervention in rape cases on all levels.
Funds are raised by selling the chickens to artists who partake in the challenge and then by selling them in an online bidding process.

The 3D chicken canvases are made in community projects all over the Lowveld from recycled egg boxes. Caren Venter, coordinator of the project, explains it takes about three hours to create one canvas. We cannot imagine how long it took to produce the 250 chickens that were distributed since January.

This year’s challenge promises to be the greatest display of hand-decorated arty chickens yet.

According to organisers, every South African can relate to chickens in some way as it is part of our daily life.

Get in touch
Contact Caren Venter at
Visit for more info and to bid

About GRIP
In 2000 it recognised the need for an advocate for gender-based violence and rape prioritisation in Mpumalanga.
According to GRIP, the South African National Aids Council has listed the province in 2015 as having the highest incidence of HIV/Aids in South Africa. About 60% of those affected are women and children – many of them victims of rape and violence.

Too many rapes are committed by relatives and homes are no longer safe places for women and children alike – the perpetrators are fathers, brothers, uncles and friends.

The community needs to take responsibility to implement effective and impact-driven programmes to prevent crimes of gender based violence and rape.

GRIP runs numerous programmes throughout the region where rape survivors are provided with barrier-free points of first contact and adequate forensic data collection. They also see to it that statements are taken in a proper survivor-friendly way and holds office bearers and officials accountable for the protection of the rights and well-being of the survivors.

They actively support and enhance the efficiency of the SAPS, the departments of health, justice and social development as well as the National Prosecuting Authority.

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083-310-132, 013-752-4404, or

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