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Gallery House Workshop Space Application

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Self-reliant, dynamic Namibian artists are invited to apply for the opportunity to work in the newly renovated National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) Gallery House Workshop Area on a temporary basis in 2017.

Recently, the NAGN has undertaken renovations to the Gallery House, turning it into a curatorial workshop space, storage facility for artworks (both contemporary and from our permanent collections) and framing workshop. The NAGN has also incorporated a functional and dedicated workshop space for artists’ capacity building.

The NAGN is one of the hubs of the visual arts in Namibia, and as such has endeavoured to provide both exhibition space and other support to our contemporary artists and our art collections. In recent years we have been pleased to see a dramatic increase in activities in the visual arts in Namibia. However, this boost in art making is not adequately met  with a supply of the workspace to do so.

Therefore, in the renovations of the Gallery House, the NAGN has incorporated an outside area, covered with a roof and paved with interlocking, in order to provide what space it can to artists and arts educators alike. The NAGN aims to encourage young and upcoming artists, as well as established artists, to use the space of the Gallery House workshop area as a temporary studio space for working in exchange for their help in facilitating workshops in various media to emerging artists.

The aims and objectives of the NAGN Gallery House workshop area are the following:

  1. To provide an accessible and affordable working space for Namibian artists
  2. To encourage the production of innovative art in Namibia through the provision of such a venue
  3. To facilitate and conduct workshops in various media and techniques to emerging artists, particularly those who have not had access to art education at school
  4. To facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge, creativity and research through practical workshops

Artists who work in the Gallery House Workshop space will be required to facilitate or assist with the facilitation of workshops for the general public as well as school groups in exchange for the use of the workspace. Please apply by filling out the required application form and supplying the relevant documents outlined on the application form.

Application deadline:

31st January 2017

For further information contact the NAGN at pro@nagn.org.na, ccurator@nagn.org.na.

Gallery House Workshop Space Application

Call for applications-Tulipamwe International Artists' Workshop 2017

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

Location: To be announce

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.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS

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.
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Tulipamwe 2015 Catalogue

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Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop was held from 15 until 29 August 2015 at Gobabeb Training and Research Centre (GTRC). The GTRC is situated on the bank of the Kuiseb River, bordered by the Namib dune sea on the south and the Namib gravel plains on the north. Dotted with indigenous Topnaar settlements, the Kuiseb River is an important part of local culture and economy. The geographical isolation of GTRC was ideal for an artists’ workshop, where artists may find inspiration in the desert habitat with its contrasting colours, varied textures and wide open spaces.

For the 2015 project a group of about 15 Namibian and 10 international artists was invited to work in this rural community for a period of 14 days, creating artwork in various media and formats: site-specific work, photography, video, painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking among others.

Since 1994, year of inception of the project, then, at least 13 similar international and a number of regional workshops have been held in Namibia, involving more than 300 International and Namibian artists.
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Project Funding-National Arts Council of Namibia

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2017 Bank Windhoek Triennial

The Bank Windhoek Triennial is a partnership project between Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN).

The objectives of the Triennial are to promote visual arts in Namibia, to encourage conceptual creativity, technical excellence and individual expression, to have visual artists represented at a national exhibition and to be the most prestigious visual art exhibition in Namibia. This project is open to applications from all artists with Namibian citizenship, domicile or permanent residence over the age of 18.

Artwork submission deadline is 30 June 2017. Please find more information in the application form below, or contact the NAGN at 061 231 160.

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Conversations - A call for collaboration

The National Art Gallery of Namibia will officially launch "Conversations - a call for collaboration" on Tuesday 5th April at 11:00. This launches the invitation to Namibian artists from all communities to submit artworks under the theme COLLABORATION for consideration for this unique project!

Submission of final art works is due by Friday 24 June 2016. The exhibition will open Thursday 14 July 2016.

This exhibition is open to any artworks that are made in the process of collaboration. These collaborations can take place between professional artists and amateurs, between professionals, between artists and institutions, or between the artists and the audience. These collaborations are not limited to a specific number of people and require only that the submitter can show that the work was made by more than one person through a collaborative process. It is our hope that through this project Namibian Artists of all disciplines will be given the opportunity to explore the potential of making work across disciplines and subjectivities.

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30x30 Art Competition 2016

Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) are excited to announce the launch of the 2016 Bank Windhoek 30x30 Art Competition.

The 30x30 Art Competition was launched in 2015 as a first of its kind project. The competition aims to discover new and fresh art talent in Namibia, as well as to encourage artistic excellence, creativity and individual expression. Artists will be required to translate their creative ideas into any medium on a 30x30 cm stretched canvas or on 30x30 cm sketch paper.

The competition will consist of two categories, namely a School Category for secondary school learners (Grade 8 to 12 and age 14 to 18 at the time of submission) and an Amateur Category for artists who do not have any tertiary art qualification; or have not had a solo exhibition; or have not participated in a curated exhibition.

In the first phase of the competition participants are required to complete an application form and provide a short description of the idea that they intend to develop on the canvas or paper. The idea can be supported by visuals such as preliminary sketches, collage, photomontage etc, intended materials and/or written text. The judges will then select the best 300 ideas.

In the second and final phase of the competition, the 300 finalists will have to successfully translate their ideas into any type of medium, on either a 30x30 cm stretched canvas or on 30x30 cm sketch paper. The judges will select the top 10 best artworks from the two categories using the judging criteria described in the entry form. These artworks will be bought for N$1000 each.

The rest of the participants will receive a certificate of recognition and their artworks will be displayed at an exhibition where they will be on sale to the public for N$500.

“Bank Windhoek is recognised in Namibia as one of the biggest supporters of the Namibian arts industry. We therefore remain committed to the development of arts, as artists still struggle to gain the recognition and appreciation that they deserve. We encourage all aspiring artists to take part in the competition, as it is about discovering new and fresh talent,” said Riaan van Rooyen, Head: Corporate Communication and Social Investment at Bank Windhoek.

The Director of the National Art Gallery, Hercules Viljoen, said: “The NAGN is extremely appreciative of the continued efforts of Bank Windhoek to stimulate the Namibian visual arts environment with incentives such as the Bank Windhoek 30x30 Competition. The competition was initiated to challenge amateur artists who may soon become the leaders in Namibian creativity. The 30x30 Competition is also a challenge to other institutions who may wish to become actively involved in growing the popularity of Namibian art and to expand the boundaries of accepted norms in art.”

Entry forms are available from any Bank Windhoek Branch or agency countrywide, as well as the NAGN in Windhoek, and can be submitted at these points as well. The deadlines for the competition are as follows:

  • The deadline for submission of entry forms and ideas: 31 May 2016
  • 300 finalists will be announced at the end of June 2016
  • Deadline for submission of final artworks: 16 September 2016
  • Prize-giving ceremony and official opening of exhibition: 14 October at 18:00
  • Closing date of exhibition: 29 October 2016

For more information, contact Bronwyn Moody, at Tel: (061) 299 1267 or Email: moodyb@bankwindhoek.com.na. Enquiries can also be directed to Alexandra Lasky at the NAGN at Tel: (061) 231160 or Email: pro@nagn.org.na.

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Art Inside

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.

Land Matters In Art

This initiative should be seen as recognition of the fact that art is part of the culture of the Namibian people that has both commercial and vocational value.
Art equally inspires and catalyzes. Regarding the Project "Land Matters in Art", controversial issues such as land restitution, land registration and apathy can safely be visualised and thereby communicated. The main goal is to reach a broad audience through art.

A professional jury made up of experienced senior artists and representatives from various institutions will evaluate the submitted artworks, a selection of which will be shown at different venues in Windhoek during March 2013, including venues such as the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the FNCC – Franco Namibian Culture Centre, Goethe Centre and the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement. Afterwards a mobile documentary "Land Matters in Art" could travel through Namibia.

Project Patron:
Alpheus G. !Naruseb, Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Namibia
Project Coordination:
GiZ

Mobile Exhibitions

The National Art Gallery of Namibia is the custodian of the country’s national heritage. It has a duty to collect, collate, preserve and display Namibia's heritage for future generations to come.
It is in this light, that the Gallery has been expanding its current mandate of decentralization in order to reach a broader section of the population to provide them with an education about their heritage and the country's material culture.

The Gallery is entering a new role by educating Namibians about what is in the space and the importance of its present collection and the needs for expanding it. The Mobile Exhibition is a unique project that is aimed to serve small town schools, institutions and residents in rural Namibia. This project also supports the 'decentralization' notion of the Namibian Government where the NAGN provides services to people outside Windhoek as part of the NAGN's outreach programme.

The aim of this programme is to fulfil the public function of the National Art Gallery of Namibia by sharing the NAGN's collection by taking art to the people. To network with institutions and stakeholders who have the same objectives like the NAGN and to promote art on a national basis, regional as well as an international level. This aim will not only promote awareness and appreciation but will be informative and educational simultaneously. With this project, this campaign will reach where we were previously unable to. In the past, many Namibians were not allowed into the Gallery space and now it is necessary not only to allow them in but to showcase the collection that is held by the Gallery. This would inform people about the types of various artworks such as sculpture, paintings and other art forms that exist in the gallery.

The Mobile Exhibition and Cinema project to Hardap, Karas, Omaheke and Kunene region 2012 and 2013 was sponsored by UNESCO and PARIS International Fund for Cultural Diversity and the EU (European Union - Delegation to the Republic of Namibia). At our screenings we showed images of our permanent collection artworks and films and the halls were full, since the majority of the schools had hostels. The films selected for this project were excellent choices. They were crowd pullers, most involving youth and school attending learners as the actors. The images we show are our heritage collection artworks. It is interesting to show the techniques used previously to create artworks from found materials and comparing those techniques to the influences of the rest of the world art scene. The content of the films are everyday issues that we deal with, for example, bullying at schools, HIV and Aids, the different types of abuse, either from strangers or the people we know and social and life skills.

Tulipamwe

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.
While emphasis is on artists creative exploration, Tulipamwe supports a view of the artist as someone who gives by sharing knowledge and creative skills.

The idea of the project is to invite a group of about 25 Namibian and international artists to work in a rural community for a period of 14 days, creating artwork in various media and formats, including site-specific work, photography, video, painting, sculpture, printmaking and other visual arts disciplines. An exhibition of artworks created at the workshop will be opened at the National Art Gallery of Namibia on Tuesday 1 September, where artworks may be sold for the artists' benefit.

30x30 Art Competition 2015

The Bank Windhoek 30x30 art competition is a partnership project between Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia.
Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) have jointly launched a first-of-its-kind 30x30 art competition to promote new visual arts talent in Namibia.

The competition, entitled, Bank Windhoek 30x30 Art Competition, will require participants to translate their creative ideas into any medium on a 30x30 cm stretched canvas. The art competition aims to discover new and fresh talent in Namibia and encourage artistic excellence, creativity and individual expression.

The competition will consist of two categories, namely a School Category for secondary school learners (Grade 8 to 12 and age 14 to 19 at the time of submission) and an Amateur Category for artists who do not have any tertiary art qualification and have not had a solo exhibition or participated in a curated exhibition. In the first phase of the competition, participants are required to complete an application form and provide a short description of the idea that they intend to develop on the canvas. The idea can be supported by visuals such as preliminary sketches, collage, photomontage etc., intended materials and/or written text. The judges will select the best 300 ideas (150 Secondary school learners and 150 amateur artists).

An exhibition catalogue will also be printed. The catalogue can be used by the participating artists as part of their art portfolios and to promote themselves as independent artists.