Nam Art Fair coming soon

By Confident Reporter

ART is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture or producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. But what if you find it difficult to make a living from it?

Now in its second year, the Namibia Arts Fair is a festival that is set to take place on Saturday 28 September at the Goethe-Institut is one such event that focuses on connecting over 50 local and African artists with an audience, organisations, as well as art buyers to exhibit and sell their work.

The fair aims to reinforce the value and importance of Namibian artists, as well as to monetise their art in order to create a sustainable creative economy for artists in Namibia.

According to the festival director, Samuel Matengu, the event will engage both local and international artists to explore new avenues for the exposure and sales of their work.

“There are also numerous networking opportunities and collaborations possible, and artists are encouraged to create their own mini events and exhibitions within their display spaces. The theme for this year is ‘The African Art Experience’ – not only is it because the Namibia Arts Fair is opening up this platform to artists from across Africa, but also because African art was seldom used for decorative purposes, but rather to give life to the values, emotions and daily customs of the various ethnic groups throughout the continent.

“African art and culture, in many instances deals with making sense out of the world,” Matengu opined.

Besides the exhibiting artists, the day will be jam-packed with fun-filled activities to look forward to, as well as the food market and live performances by the Namibian Youth Orchestra, Soul Matrix, as well as the headline act, Slickartie. There will also be screenings of Namibian films for free.

“The arts fair is committed to nurturing the Namibian child and this year there will be The Art Fair’s school tours, which aim to engage students in inquiry-based experiences with art that strengthen curriculum connections and develop visual literacy skills,” Matengu said.

He added that the tours support the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture National Institute for Educational Development (NIED) arts syllabus and the school tours are led by trained art educators and last for around 60 minutes.

More exciting news will be revealed as 28 September approaches. Also look out for the Namibia Arts Fair activation team near you. Entrance to the Namibia Arts Fair will cost N$40 and is free for children 0 to 10 years old (that are accompanied by an adult).

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