Q STUDIO 

In collaboration with RASA

RASA is a Belgian non-profit organisation. For 30 years, travelling contemporary art exhibitions for children formed the very heart of activities in which artistic and educational quality took priority in our creations and interactions. The RASA approach is unique. Exhibitions featuring original art, often by top international artists such as William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and Bronwyn Katz, are presented with a co-creative approach for young audiences. 
Q Studio
RASA’s activities have mainly taken place in Belgium, where they have reached over half a million children. Since 2022, RASA – ArtConnects has been working in South Africa. Drawing on the experiences of founding mother Gerd Dierckx and a team of committed volunteer professionals bring RASA to its new head-and-heartquarters on the slopes of the Kasteelberg in The Riebeek Valley. From here new artistic community projects for children and artists are created. Artists of different disciplines – visuals arts, dance, literature and poetry – work on a weekly basis with the village children. 

RASA also hosts an Artist Residency where we invite artists and art educators to cross-pollinate community art projects with us.  With these engagements we sow the essential seeds of social change; whilst we share expertise as we interact with children, artists, and the public and education professionals.  

Ledelle Moe 

Even though Moe’s anthropomorphic figures evoke an undeniable human element evolving out of an age-old tradition of figurative sculpture, they are also distinctly structural. Composed of concrete and steel, they stand firmly rooted in the present, she notes that her essential medium, concrete, is equally an historical and industrial idiom. It is appropriate, then, for exploring innumerable paradoxes: monumentality and fragility, permanence and impermanence, as well as tenuous personal and political mythologies.

QUENTIN DU PLOOY

A designer, decorator and project manager Q holds a B.Tech in Fine Art from the KZNUT and has completed the Advanced Diploma in Fine Art at Wits University. He has painted murals and friezes, and gilded ceilings from Maputo to Mayfair, Houghton to High Wycombe. He has shopped for furniture at Delhi trade fairs for retail customers and worked in the development of luxury housing for Johannesburg Property Developers. Since 2009 he has operated Quentin du Plooy Projects (Pty) Ltd; these days t/a Q.STUDIO.

He spends his days designing and managing residential and commercial décor installations particularly in the Western Cape. Of late, he has become something of a specialist in designing for the aged and those suffering from Alzheimer’s, developing interiors for retirement lifestyle developments in addition to commercial and residential interior design projects

GERD DIERCKX

“Gerd Dierckx, the energetic founder of Rasa, has played a pioneering role in the history of arts education in Flanders,”

Professor Emeritus Willem Elias

In 1978, Gerd began her career as an art educator at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Over the next 10 years, she developed a holistic approach that invites children to experience art with all their senses.

In 1988, she took on a new challenge at the Museum of Sint-Niklaas, where, as curator-educator, she created the first museum exhibitions for children in Belgium: ‘Colour’ and ‘Line’. Here, her desire grew to show art beyond museums and galleries, in order to reach more children in an inclusive way.

In 1992, she founded RASA together with artist friends who shared her inspiration and passion for children and art. For over 30 years, Gerd and her team have developed a wide range of travelling exhibitions of contemporary art for children. These exhibitions, in Belgium and abroad, held in co-operation with museums and cultural centres have reached more than half a million children.

She has regularly curated exhibitions for museums that seek to attract a young audience. For example ‘Kids Okay’ in 2016 at the Boymans-Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam and ‘Skin’ at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht in 2021.

Gerd’s aim remains to convey the gift and spark of art to children from the most diverse backgrounds. Gerd creates opportunities to meet art in ways that allow the voice of each child to be heard. Ever with the knowledge that the power of creativity enables children to develop new perspectives and connect with real world issues.

Gerd and RASA believe that the seeds of art can truly blossom in the life of every child.