New Era (Windhoek)

9 November 2012

Namibia: Artists Awaited!

The artistic dialogue, "Land Matters in Art" is still awaiting visual artists from all walks of life to contribute their creative expressions about land and land reform in Namibia.

The invitation goes out to artists from all language groups and different social backgrounds for unique opportunity for artists to tell their side of the story and share their interpretation of the land reform in Namibia.

How they identify with land and land reform and in which ways they consider the land their heritage and their pride?

Those interested must hand in their artwork/s with entry form January 21-25, 2013 to the National Art Gallery of Namibia. Those working in the field of Land Art or Art Installations must send in their concept any time before November 30, 2012. They are requested to submit all large scale artworks in electronic format via E-Mail:pr@land-matters-in-art.com for the attention of Katharina Wyss: Tel. 081 340 23 79. Entry form can be downloaded from: www.land-matters-in-art.com/participate. Participating artists stand to benefit by having access to limited materials through the John Muafangejo Art Centre as well asfree access and use of studio space at the John Muafangejo Art Centre.

Selected artworks and artists will also receive certificates of participation; have the opportunity to sell their work; a full colour catalogue will be published displaying at least one work per artist and the project website will display information about participating artists and their works.

Participating artists will also have the opportunity to have their work selected for a major, prestigious exhibition which will be displayed at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and other places in Windhoek; three grants worth N$5,000 each are also on offer to the lucky participants for tertiary education while selected artworks will be purchased and displayed at the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement. A number of institutions have committed themselves to purchase works on exhibition for their collections and financial support for nominated artwork concepts are on offer.

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