Arts Association Heritage Trust Collection

The ARTS ASSOCIATION HERITAGE TRUST Collection is the most comprehensive historical visual art collection in Namibia today, legally safeguarded since 2006 in a trust.

Built up by the Arts Association of Namibia (AAN), the Arts Association Heritage Trust has acquired most of its Collection from donations by members, artists and the kind sponsorship of the Metje and Behnsen Family since 1948. The collection comprises modern and contemporary paintings, graphics, sculptures and traditional African art by mostly Namibian artists. The Heritage Collection includes a large collection of linocuts by John Ndevasia Muafangejo, whom the AAN assisted with a study bursary, exhibitions - locally and internationally - as well as through catalogues and through direct promotion and marketing since 1973 until his death in 1987.

The collection serves as a valuable tool for education especially during the Annual Visual Art Museum Programme (AVAMP), when certain themes, genres and developments in art are emphasised. Unfortunately due to a lack of space, only a small part of the collection can be showcased annually. It is however envisioned that the Heritage Collection will find a suitable exhibition space where the array of Namibia’s visual art heritage can be presented permanently.