Art Talk: Architecture in Namibia: Archaeology of the future- The Landscape of tomorrow
The National Art Gallery of Namibia is pleased to invite you to an art talk on the 'Namibia: Archaeology of the future-Tomorrow's landscape' exhibition. The art talk will take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 18h00 in the NAGN's Main Gallery.
In addition Dr. Jaco Wasserfall from Wasserfall Munting Architects will speak about Architectural education and validation in Southern Africa, with a specific focus on Namibia.
Happy Art Hour
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to invite you to Happy Art Hour which will take place on 24 March 2017 at 17H00 at the NAGN.
Happy Art Hour
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to invite you to the first Happy Art Hour of 2017 which will take place on 10 February 2017 at 17H00 at the NAGN.
Sell your artwork online- Information session
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to invite you to the an information session on how to sell your artwork online, which will take place on 17 November 2016 at 18H00 at the NAGN.
Do you want your artwork to reach a wider audience and connect to the rest of the world? If so, this is your event! Join us for a talk on this easy, free and accesible platform to sell your art and literature.
Happy Art Hour
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to invite you to the 1st anniversary of the Happy Art Hour, which will take place on 25 November 2016 at 17H00 at the NAGN.
An exciting experience awaits you at the National Art Gallery of Namibia
…Happy Art Hour (HAH) turns one!
As the year draws to a close, having had many evenings of enchanting music, drinks, and art, the NAGN now invites you for more of the same with a little something. Our cherished Happy Art Hour tradition will be embellished with a fusion of fruit and wine, taste the essence of Sangria.
This birthday celebration will contain all the fond memories of shared evenings that HAH lovers have taken delight in. In addition to the Sangria
We will have cake to give you the energy you need to travel down memory lane with us.
Lastly, in the spirit of giving, one lucky HAH enthusiast walks away with a MTC recharge voucher of N$ 50-00 plus one free entrance.
This much anticipated Happy Art Hour 1st birthday celebrations will happen on 25th November 2016, at 18H00; a N$ 20.00 ticket gets you in for a satisfying last Friday night of November setting the tone for a jovial festive season ahead.
Tulipamwe International Artists 2017 Workshop Official Launch
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to invite you to the official launch of the 2017 Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop, which will take place on 18 October 2016 at 18H00 at the NAGN.
The Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop is a non-profit making community outreach project, since 2014 under the auspices of the National Art Gallery of Namibia. The objective of the project is to stimulate local art awareness and skills development.
At the last Tulipamwe workshop in 2015, twenty seven professional artists representing 13 nationalities participated in the project, working in a rural community for a period of 14 days, creating artworks in various media and formats, including site-specific work, photography, video, painting, sculpture, printmaking and other visual arts disciplines.
Background/brief information about the 2017 workshop
2017 Workshop Dates:
18 February – 4 March 2017
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 18h00
Exhibition Duration: 9 March – 15 April 2017
The primary goal of Tulipamwe is the sharing of creative ideas and skills for both experienced and developing artists. The project also creates opportunities for Namibian artists to become part of global networks and prospects for international exchange and growth. The Tulipamwe workshop provides the experience of being part of the greater, wider artistic community as well giving insights into the working styles of different artists from all over the world.
The workshop provides:
- A creative environment in which artists can work freely without day to day distractions and financial pressures
- Excitement and stimulus that results in unique artworks. Artists have an opportunity to learn from one another, to explore different media, to try new directions and risk breaking new ground
- A unique educational forum for Namibian artists from different localities and backgrounds to work together for the first time. The educational exchanges extend to artist presentations, critiques and discussions throughout the workshop
- An opportunity to establish vital links between artists from Namibia, the region and abroad, leading to further educational exchanges and promoting broader understanding
- A chance for audiences to interact with artists and to develop a greater awareness of new ideas and approaches at the open day
- An opportunity for community members in the area were the workshop takes place to learn new skills from the artist.
- An economic boost of the village or town that we are based in for two weeks.
This Launch will also serve as a platform for Tulipamwe to thank all its Partners for the 2015 Tulipamwe as a token of appreciation for the continued support of the project.
Art of a Young GeNerATION Catalogue Launch
The Art of a Young GeNerATION opened at the Museum Wϋrth in Kϋnzelsau, Germany on 27 April 2016. The exhibition will run until 10 October 2016. The Art of a Young GeNerATION is a carefully curated exhibition of contemporary artworks from Namibia, created as a cooperation project between Museum Wϋrth and the National Art Gallery of Namibia. The exhibition celebrates a generation of contemporary Namibian artists – some young, some older - who have lived and worked in Namibia during the post-independence, post-Apartheid era.
Omaruru Artists Trail
The National Art gallery of Namibia will be taking part in this year's Omaruru Artists' Trail scheduled to take place on 23rd and 24th September 2016.
Over the past eight and a half months the NAGN has held 14 exhibitions in Windhoek. Of these five were solo exhibitions; by Yasiel Palamino (Colourful), Lynette Diergaardt (Remembrance through Cloth), Ismael Shivute (Day-To-Day), Kyle Weeks (Kyle Weeks: a solo exhibition) and Petrus Amuthenu (Freeing my Mind). Another nine were group exhibitions; (1984-1915: An Artistic Position, Art Inside 2016, Celebrating Print Making in Namibia: 26 years in the making, JUST, New Beginnings 2016, Perspectives, Old School Spirit, Conversations: a call for collaboration and Amazing Namibian Women) which saw the participation of both local and international artists from various backgrounds.
This overview exhibition aims to give an audience outside Windhoek a taste of the year so far. It contains works by artists at the beginning of their careers (like Ismael Shivute and Kyle Weeks from their solo exhibitions) and veterans in the field (like Andrew van Wyk and Papa Shikongeni from Old School Spirits). By seeing a selection of all these works standing together we are given the opportunity to take a moment to reflect on a very busy year indeed.
The artistic output of the Namibian art sector is a whirl wind of inventiveness and innovation that it is not easy to keep up with. Initiatives like the Omaruru Artists' Trail are a wonderful platform at which to celebrate and share our diversity and harmony. There is a lot to be said for sharing the load and working with each other to create more space for our growing artistic community.
Please note: There will be a bus departing from the NAGN in Windhoek on Saturday 24 September to provide transport for the day to the Omaruru Artists' Trail for Heritage Day. Departure time: 7 am
Art Talk: Shan Wood
Our resident artist Shan Wood will be giving an art talk on 30 September 2016 at 16hoo, alongside our Drawings: Past and Present exhibition currently on in the upper gallery.
Her mother was an artist, and this maternal influence meant that a love of “art making” was fostered from an early age. For as long as she can remember, Shan was “surrounded by art”.
She trained as a classroom teacher and spent most of her working life involved in the field of education, undertaking many different roles over the years. However, art was ever present as a major part of her life. Shan has been a practicing artist for twenty years, often juggling art practice with both full-time and part-time work in education.
Recently Shan has been exploring the concept of “place” in her arts practice. This focus developed after visiting the clan lands of her ancestors during a residency in Glasgow, Scotland. In her work Shan gives consideration to the deeply embedded connections we all have associated with a certain place. Most often the area that we were born or grew up holds a deep connection for us.
Sometimes we can identify an affinity for particular geographical features, but may not always know why they attract us. It may be the sense of space or the vastness of the sky that moves us, or the type of bushland which triggers a “knowing” or “recognition” deep within. Scientific research is starting to explore whether “connection to place” can be embedded in our DNA.
She sees her role as an artist visiting Namibia to be a “sensitive” observer whose job is to represent through visual images, the range of influences that signify this “place,” as viewed through her own eyes. In doing so she is hopeful that she will provide visitors to the gallery the opportunity to reflect on what “place” (and, indeed, their homeland) mean for them.
Happy Art Hour
Art Talk: Kyle Weeks
Namibian Photographer Kyle Weeks will be giving an art talk and walkabout of his works on show at the National Art Gallery of Namibia on 5 August 2016 at 16h00.
Kyle Weeks was born in Namibia, and is currently working and residing in Cape Town, South Africa as a photographer. Weeks studied photography at Stellenbosch University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography in 2013. Weeks is also a co-founder of Cape Collective Assist, an agency that services the photographic stills industry in South Africa by offering professional photographic assistants.
Making up Weeks’ first solo exhibition in Namibia, this show brings together two series’ of photographic portraits that span four years of collaboration with Himba men. The two distinct bodies of work are linked by subject matter and location both having taken place in the north of Namibia (the Kunene Region) and both depicting Himba men. In both photographic series’ Weeks looks at the dynamics of representation and identity formation through the complex lens of photography.
Weeks has just recently been awarded the Fine Art Single Image 2016 Magnum Photography Award for one of the images that will be on display.
Kyle Weeks: a solo exhibition runs at the NAGN from 2 August – 27 August 2016.
Happy Art Hour
Happy Art Hour
We'll be keeping warm this Happy Art Hour with art, gluhwein and kapana. As usual, a N$20.00 ticket at the door gets you two free drinks.
This Happy Art Hour will also function as a winter charity drive, so we invite you to bring along imperishable foods or blankets to donate to those in need, especially during the cool winter months. After the Happy Art Hour, the National Art Gallery of Namibia will be delivering all donations to Megameno Children’s Home. There will also be a collection of monetary donations for those who would prefer to donate money, with which we will purchase necessary items in consultation with the team at Megameno Children’s Home.
Megameno Children’s Home was founded in 1989 by Mrs Maria Teresia Shaalukeni, who opened her personal house to orphaned or vulnerable children, and made it their home. In 2002 the home was registered in terms of the welfare act as the Megameno Home for Minors, and given soliciting rights. The house is now home to 24 children from different backgrounds and places of origin. For more information on Megameno Children’s Home, please contact Mauritius Shaalukeni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Talk: Lynette Diergaardt
Happy Art Hour
Tickets are N$20.00 and get you 2 free drinks.
We look forward to seeing you there!
ARTiculate Session: The role of arts institutions in a post-Apartheid Namibia
The ARTiculation sessions enable a reflective space through critical creative conversations in the local arts sector.
John Muafangejo Art Centre is a creative think tank focused on establishing collaborative methodologies in contemporary art practice & forging expansive networks.
Check out the Facebook Event for more details!
Exhibition Walkabout: Celebrating Namibian Printmaking
Happy Art Hour
Happy Art Hour, the after hours activity of the NAGN that involves live music and art performances.
for some drinks
a live dj set with DJ ELL
and a live PRINTMAKING performance by artists feauting in our upcoming exhibition "Celebrating Namibian Printmaking"
Entry fee is 20 N$ and includes 2 free drinks!
CELEBRATING NAMIBIAN PRINTMAKING
The extraordinary exhibition will be at the FNCC and NAGN and will focus on inspiring appreciation for Namibian art, promoting the unique technique of contemporary printmaking in Namibia and reflect how it has developed from the John Muafangejo era up until present. The exhibition will introduce printmaking to the new generation via Art Talks, exhibitions and workshops.
The opening will take place at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre on the 22nd of March at 18:30, and will continue on accross the street at theNational Art Gallery of Namibia later in the evening.
Will run until 14th April at the FNCC, and 16th April at the NAGN.
Entry is free!
Happy Art Hour
On display is also the exhibtion "1884 - 1915: An Artistic position".
Entrance fee is 20 N$ that entitles to 2 drinks.
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is pleased to announce the official launch of the Art Inside 2016 project. The launch will take place on Friday, 27 November 2015 at 11h30 at the NAGN.
The project Art Inside, which was launched in 2014, is a nationwide art awareness project aimed at Namibian Government. The initiative aims at acquiring original Namibian visual art for installation in all Ministries and semi-government premises. By installing the artworks, the project aims to celebrate visual art as an important mode of creative communication, and to foster an appreciation for visual art as inherent part of government’s working environment.
In the previous editions Namibian artists from all Regions have responded positively by submitting inspiring art and craftwork of an exceptional quality for this project. From these, the best pieces were first exhibited at the NAGN and then purchased for the Government of Namibia Art Collection.
Art Inside 2016 is organized by the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
This edition of the event will differ from previous editions by inviting artists to submit their proposals before 15th January 2016, and, following a selection process, the final artworks before the 4th March 2016. The Art inside 2016 exhibition will run from 17th March to 16th April 2016 at the National Gallery of Namibia.
Let us shine the spotlight once again on those who shaped our music history and who, under other circumstances, would perhaps have had a different career. It is planned to show the fictitious album covers created by you as a module in the Stolen Moments - Namibian Music History Untold exhibition, schedules for 2016/2017.
We call on all Namibian visual artists and graphic designers to help to rebuild and explore our lost and forgotten musical heritage. You may be invited to create and design the album covers our musical heroes of the past never had. We count on your range of styles and creativity to shape the legacy of our ancestral music icons.
Stolen Moments - Namibian Music History Untold is a research group that investigates and revisits the historic landmarks of the country’s popular music history from 1950s – 1980s pre-independence Namibia.
Happy Art Hour
The formula involves live music, a drink and a wander through the current exhibitions or the permanent collections. Once a month visitors will have the chance to socialize and enjoy live music in the courtyard behind the gallery. An opportunity to have fun but also to learn: the doors will be open for visitors to tour the exhibitions, and with the help of volunteers all the artworks will be spoken about and discussed.
Happy Art Hour is designed for people who want to discover and engage with the gallery in an informal way and strengthen the perception that the gallery is a space that can be also recreational, ideal for people who want to socialize and relax after a day of work.
Heritage Week 2014
Namibian Heritage Week provides an annual opportunity to celebrate our heritage through the natural and historical sites, objects, art, craft, cuisine, and traditional knowledge which has been preserved, protected and passed on from one generation to another.
This year Heritage Week will take place from Monday, 22 September until Saturday, 27 Septembers under the theme, `Embracing our Roots’.
The main aim of the week is to encourage more Namibians to visit our Art Galleries, Heritage Sites, Museums and Game Parks or to attend a cultural performance.
During Heritage Week 2014 people are being encouraged (with the permission of their employer!) to wear traditional clothing to work or an item that helps to celebrate Namibia’s rich cultural diversity.
A number of heritage institutions, not only in Windhoek, but throughout the regions, have introduced special events to encourage more visitors during the week. (For more details, please check the poster that accompanies this letter in the email.)
We would like to encourage all Namibians to celebrate culture and support our heritage institutions during Heritage Week. Culture is at the root of our unique Namibian identity, so let us all take the opportunity to celebrate together.
Art Talk: Line of Duty
Art Talk Imago Mundi Namibia Collection
Imago Mundi is the cultural, democratic and global project promoted by the Luciano Benetton Collection.
Imago Mundi is a collection comprising over ten thousand works of art commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world: established and emerging artists from many different countries are engaged on a voluntary basis and without financial reward, to create an artwork whose only limitation is the 10x12cm format.
The collection, hosted by the Fondazione Benetton, has no commercial aspirations, but intends instead to unite the diversities of our world in the name of a common artistic experience, catalogued very differently from the approach usually seen in museums or on the market. It is an account of the world, through the filter of art.
This year, the project is heading south for its next collections, to recount the creative, artistic and social ferment of the African continent and Namibia is one the new countries that is being researched. The whole country has enthusiastically embraced the project with artists, institutions, organizations, schools and universities actively taking part in the development of the project.
“Imago Mundi is a cultural, democratic and global project that looks to the new frontiers of art – personalities, countries, emerging languages and different cultures – to foster openness towards the world and new horizons, and the coexistence of expressive diversity”, explains Luciano Benetton. “Our aim is to take the collection on a journey, in order to show it – through exhibitions, catalogues and a portal on the web dedicated to art – to the widest possible number of people around the world, in collaboration with private institutions and public museums.”
From April 25 to May 3, Imago Mundi will concentrate on Namibia and Curator Jennifer Karch Verzè, a Canadian- Italian Art Historian, Curator and Art Educator, will be visiting Namibia to create the Collection of over 140 works of art, which is open to all artists of Namibian citizenship, domicile or permanent residence. She is also curating two more collections: Aboriginal Canadian Art and American Native Art and Inuit Art for Imago Mundi. The Curator will be presenting the Imago Mundi Art Project at the National Art Gallery on Saturday, 26 April 26th at 11h00. At this time she will also be distributing the canvases and wooden structures to the artists who have one week to produce their work. All works have to be handed in by May 2nd at the National Art Gallery.