Sunday, February 22, 2015

An art lesson with Jolie/Pitt family inspires Kirribilli artist Bibi Barba

  • Mosman Daily
  • February 22, 2015 12:00AM
IT’S not every day you rub shoulders with the Jolie-Pitt family. But Kirribilli artist Bibi Barba was lucky enough to do exactly that when she was hired to take Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children for an art lesson.
The Aboriginal artist was whisked away in a black SUV and told she would be teaching Maddox, Pax, ­Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.
“They are beautiful kids, very well behaved,” Ms Barba said.
“The kids were so engulfed in the culture; they wanted to learn about the symbols and what they meant.”
The art lesson was over in five hours, but the life lesson had just begun for Ms Barba when s he was invited to the Australian premiere of ­Unbroken, which Jolie ­directed.

There she met the founder of Sunrise Children’s ­Village in Cambodia, Geraldine Cox.
“When I met up with Geraldine I thought ‘What can I do to help’.
“It was like a lightning bolt – simple – the children having birthday parties would ask for donations instead of gifts to help their less affluent brothers and sisters around the world.”

It was the first party Barba attended to help raise money for the foundation, and teach c
It was the first party Barba attended to help raise money for the foundation, and teach children about art.
Ms Barba would give up her time and services to teach art at the birthday party in return.
All donations would go to the Sunrise Children’s ­Village, with Ms Barba ­hoping to raise $100,000 in the first year.
Mosman resident Rex Halloran, 6, was the first to sign up and raised $650 at his birthday party recently.
“It was fantastic; the kids were just so giving,” Ms Barba said.
The artist said she had ­forwarded her idea to Jolie asking for her involvement or support, but had not heard back yet.

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