New Era (Windhoek)

21 November 2012

Namibia: Cota Students Display Works

The College of the Arts (Cota) students exhibited their works at the annual students' exhibition.

Cota Rector, Erina Junius, says this was the first time that the Media Arts and Technology Department, the Visual Arts Department and the African Performing Arts Department collaborated to showcase their works. Students from the three departments with family and friends took time out to look at the various works on display at the the Katutura Community Arts Centre (KCAC), from fine art to fashionable garments created by the students during the course of the year. "In previous years this exhibition was organised purely to show the many and varied artworks produced by the Visual Arts students, and it still comprises mainly of their art works but the intention is to collaborate even more in coming years to make this a truly Applied Arts Diploma event," she said.

Junius added that this was mainly due to the fact that the African Performing Arts Department is situated in town, which has resulted in regular collaboration being difficult to sustain. The exhibition included all students from first year through to third year while the John Muafangejo Art Gallery was dawned with colourful artworks ranging from chalk drawings, pastels and painting.

The fashion show was the highlight of the night with design students rolling out their creations one after the other on the ramp. " Not only is this event important in terms of interdepartmental collaboration and joining of forces but such an undertaking also gives expression to some of the crucial strategic objectives of the Ministry of Youth, National service, Sport and Culture ," she said.

She added that by organising events, such students get an opportunity to expose themselves with their works towards making themselves house hold names. "One of the main focal points of the Applied Arts Diplomas that are represented here tonight is to develop the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills of our students to empower them to go out with self-confidence and to set up an own enterprise - not only to create a viable career for themselves, but also to be in a position to create new job opportunities for other Namibians that want to buy into their business venture," she said.

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