15th Anniversary World Tour


Art for AIDS International has many workshops planned for the coming months and that means a lot of travel.  It is exciting to go to different places, some new, some now very familiar, meeting new people and renewing special friendships that have grown over the years.  It also means we will have new unique collages to exhibit and sell both in our gallery and online.

February 2015:

Hoedspruit and Acornhoek, South Africa and Botswana

It is very exciting to return to Hoedspruit and Acornhoek in Limpopo to celebrate the art work created during our workshops in September 2015 and to host some new workshops in this area, sponsored by a special friend of Art for AIDS International.  Limpopo has the highest per capita infection rate in the world so it is important to us that we do as many workshops in this region as we are able.

Final week of March 2016:

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

We are happy to be able to return and work again with our friends at Lakehead Public Schools.  It will be a pleasure to see the supportive teachers again and meet their new classes for some art-making and great conversations.



May 2016:  Keewatin, Ontario, Canada

This will be our first time collaborating with Keewatin-Patricia District School Board and we look forward to spending some time with students at several of their schools in the beautiful springtime.

September 2016:

Ghana and Nigeria

Working with teachers in collaboration with GNAT and others on an exciting new Train the Teachers Project.  We will conduct workshops with teachers, showing them a new and innovative way to have appropriate, comfortable and effective conversations with their students surrounding sensitive topics associated with HIV and AIDS.

Dates to be determined:

LesothoSouth Africa, and Botswana.  We look forward to seeing the results of collaborations with teachers federations in each of these countries, training teachers who will remain in Africa when we have gone back to Canada.  Art for AIDS International is happy that the outcome of this project is reaching more students than ever.

We still have room in our schedule to visit you as well and we would love to add your location to our itinerary.  This is shaping up to be a very productive and exciting year for Art for AIDS International.  Thank you for your continued support!


Images of Ireland Inspire by Joe Belanger of London Free Press



Pleased to see an encouraging article in the London Free Press today written by local reporter, Joe Belanger.  Thanks, Joe, for your kind words.



Gratitude for a Heartwarming Anniversary Event

DSC_1149Our month-long retrospective exhibit at Satellite Project Space in downtown London, Ontario has come to an end.  On Wednesday, August 26 we held an intimate reception for friends of Art for AIDS International as a way of saying thank you for their support over the past 15 years as well as celebrating the work we have had the opportunity to do with over fifteen thousand young people in eleven countries.

It was an honour to mark this milestone with people who have meant so much to us over the years, too many to mention.

Samples of the inspiring collages that have been created since 2001 made a colorful display for our guests, alongside pieces from our International Portfolio and the stunning and personal photo collages created by our Executive Director, Hendrikus Bervoets.  It was an exhibit that told a powerful and moving story to those who walked in during the month of August.

Many thanks to Museum London, FedEx Office Print & Ship Centre, and Wonder Sushi for making the event possible on August 26.  We hope for many years to come for Art for AIDS International.  Please do visit our ongoing exhibit on the second floor of One London Place, also in downtown London in Canada.


Celebrating 15 Years of Art for AIDS International

15years_smallAs we prepare to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary in September, Art for AIDS International is pleased to announce an upcoming retrospective exhibit at Satellite Project Space in London, Ontario.

This exhibit will showcase some of the best images that have been created by youth from around the world during our student workshops.

Our goal with these workshops is to educate people about HIV and AIDS and encourage them to play an active and creative role. While it was not always easy, our dedication to engaging and educating people to get creative over the past fifteen years represents our commitment to the global AIDS response.

We would like to thank everyone that has been a part of our organization for the past fifteen years. Almost on a daily basis we receive heartening endorsements from those that we have worked with about what we do.

To honour the inspiring students we have had the pleasure of working with, we are very pleased to showcase a reflective exhibit featuring some of the most powerful pieces of art work produced during our past workshops since 2001.

Exhibit viewings will run Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm for the entire month of August.

Satellite Project Space is located at 121 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.

Gallery View

As seen in London Free Press May 2015

ON THE CANVAS: South African Secondary School Workshop Exhibit, presented in partnership between Art for AIDS International and University of Johannesburg’s Department of Community Engagement
Artwork sales assist AIDS education

By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press
Monday, May 4, 2015 7:17:40 EDT PM
This work by South African secondary school student Siyanda Kondleka is part of a new exhibition opening in the gallery of Art for AIDS International at One London Place Friday and continuing until May 27.
This work by South African secondary school student Siyanda Kondleka is part of a new exhibition opening in the gallery of Art for AIDS International at One London Place Friday and continuing until May 27.

A London-based aid agency is hosting a new art exhibition of works by South African secondary school students.

Arts for AIDS International’s Hendrikus Bervoets was in South Africa recently to lead an art workshop in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg’s department of community engagement and returned with works that will be sold to help fund the organization’s mandate of educating people about HIV and AIDS.

“This gallery displays the talent of various secondary students, representing works that have been created in a supportive environment as a way for students to contribute, share and express their own personal stories with others in their own communities and beyond,” said Bervoets.

The works are being sold — $30 for unframed works, $80 framed — as a fundraiser for the London-based organization to increase awareness about AIDS.

Art for AIDS International has worked with more than 15,000 young people in 10 countries since 2001 with the goal of educating people about HIV and AIDS through art.

Funds are raised by hosting workshops and selling prints, which allows the organization to continue reaching out to young people around the world.

Art for AIDS International also supports “select initiatives” that6 provide care and support directly to women and children affected by HIV and AIDS in some of the communities hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

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What: South African Secondary School Workshop Exhibit, presented in partnership between Art for AIDS International and University of Johannesburg’s Department of Community Engagement.

Where: One London Place, 2nd floor gallery, 255 Queens Ave.

When: Friday through May 27.

Give a Gift with Meaning


With holidays and gift-giving occasions fast approaching, please keep in mind that a beautiful piece of art work from our collection is a wonderful way to remember special people in your life. Not only would they receive a lovely print, but they would know that the money spent supports our work as we raise awareness and give young people a voice in their response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic, as well as other social justice issues affecting the world around us.

Volunteering at Art for AIDS International

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As Father's Day weekend approaches, we at Art for AIDS International count our blessings for the presence of loving and supportive fathers and the role that they play in our North American society.  In Africa, it is not always the case.  We are working hard to make a difference in the lives of children orphaned through HIV/AIDS.  If you are interested in helping us in our efforts, we can be contacted through our website or also through our new profile at www.getvolunteering.ca.


International Volunteer Positions Available

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Any internationally-based friends and supporters of Art for AIDS International are welcome to contact us at:  [email protected] if they would like to volunteer their time and talents to the work that we are doing.  It would be our pleasure to discuss some possibilities for how to help us continue to make a difference in the world.

Volunteer Positions Available



We are excited about some upcoming events that will be happening locally.  There is also a plan to visit Africa again in the near future.  With this in mind, Art for AIDS International is open to new volunteers joining our efforts in order to make it a very effective and exciting summer!  Please do contact us if you or someone you know would like to work with us and help make a difference.  We are interested in local volunteers to work in London, Ontario at this time.  Thank you for your continued support.


New Way to Donate to Art for AIDS International


It is now easier than ever to make a one-time or monthly donation to Art for AIDS International.  From the "Get Involved" tab on our website, simply go to "Donate".  From there you can click on the DONATE button and you will be linked to Canada Gives which will facilitate your money being put to good use helping those affected by HIV/AIDS.  Thank you for your support!