By Entertainment Reporter
THE National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) announced that the Tulipamwe workshop 2017, an exhibition of artworks by international and local artists will be on exhibition from March 8 until April 15.
The 2017 edition of the Tulipamwe has brought together artists from11 countries to create, learn and share with one another. It has been 23 years since the first Tulipamwe and the spirit of togetherness is stronger than ever.
Tulipamwe means ‘we are together’, and according to the organisers this is the spirit that fills the gallery during the exhibition. The feeling of community and ubuntu is what has kept the project running for all these years.
The first Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop was initiated by the Visual Arts Department at the University of Namibia in 1994, when 10 international artists were invited to work alongside 15 local artists for a two-week period. Since then, at least 13 similar international (as well as a number of regional workshops) have been held in Namibia. The project has involved more than 300 international and local artists.
This year the workshop is based at the Etupe Cooperative in Northern Central Namibia. Etupe is nestled at the base of the Otavi Mountains, 25 km north of Otavi. This farm will be home to 25 artists for two weeks from February 18 to March 3. The geographical isolation of the venue is ideal for an artists’ workshop, where artists find inspiration in the surrounding habitat with its contrasting colours, varied textures and wide open spaces, to create the work that make up this exhibition.
This year participants are; Lukas Amakali (Namibia) Sem Amuthitu (Namibia) Alejandra Aviles (Mexico), Isaac Chibua (Botswana), Vera Luisa Coelho Gonçalves, (Portugal), Lara Diez (England) Actofel Iilovu (Namibia) Saima Iita (Namibia) Filemon Kapolo (Namibia), Lonwabo Kilani (South Africa), Nicky Marais (Namibia) Mwandale Mwanyekwa (Tanzania), Tulina Nakashona (Namibia), Sheila Nakitende (Uganda), Danisile Ncube (Zimbabwe), Thabo Pitso (South Africa), Rudolf Seibeb (Namibia) Petrus Shiimi (Namibia) Nukwasa Tembo (Zambia), Kent Wahlbeck (Sweden), Sanmari Steenkamp (Namibia) and Tuaovisiua Katuuo (Namibia).
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