Namibia's Most Notable Art Galleries

Art on wall | © sookjin / Pixabay
Art on wall | © sookjin / Pixabay
Photo of Gill Lange
1 February 2018

Inspire your artistic side with a stroll through some of the fantastic art galleries on offer in Namibia. Artists are often the creative expression of a nation, with their artwork telling many stories of the country in which they reside. Each creation has its own narrative, told by brush or crafted by hand. Here are some Namibian galleries that offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of a diverse and interesting nation.

StART Art Gallery

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Articles This independently operated gallery holds regular exhibitions of local and international artwork, as well as art-related workshops and activities. StART is open Tuesday through to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and is located next to the popular and trendy Wolfshack, making the mingling of wine and paint an easy affair.

National Art Gallery of Namibia

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An exhibition titled 'The Earth Inside' by Nicola Brandt at the National Art Gallery of Namibia | © Netumbo Nekomba / Culture Trip

The National Art Gallery of Namibia celebrates, collects, preserves, exhibits, and researches visual arts and crafts as a component of Namibia’s national identity. The gallery is considered a hub of art in Windhoek and aims to bring all kinds of artwork more into the public realm. A range of permanent collections showcases some of the country’s most talented and well-known artists. Try get there at Happy Art Hour for a chilled evening of music, wine, and the appreciation of artistic expression.

Franco Namibian Cultural Centre

With the aim of intensifying cultural cooperation between France and Namibia, while at the same time promoting Namibian cultural identity, this centre stands as one of the most important on the Namibian art scene. It offers resources, knowledge, and support to many Namibian artists, as well as various French-language cultural activities. Although the centre does not house any permanent displays, there is a selection of artwork adorning the walls, with various exhibitions and projects taking place from time to time.

Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61387330

John Muafangejo Art Centre

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This creative centre was established by well-known Namibian artist John Muafangejo and focuses on contemporary art practices and creating expansive art networks. It offers training and facilities to Namibian artists and takes an interdisciplinary approach to artwork. John Muafangejo himself produced artworks that received international recognition, and was famous for his use of the linocut medium.

Katutura Community Art Centre

The Katutura Community Art Centre is located on the outskirts of Katutura and houses the College of Arts. Although it is nothing more than a grey concrete slab on the outside, inside, splashes of creative color await. Art exhibitions take place on a regular basis and include thought-provoking, socially relevant themes such as gender and domestic violence. The vibrant students also bring a lively buzz to the air.

Katutura Community Art Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

The Project Room

The Project Room is the brainchild of Frieda Lühlat, an artist with a specific interest in jewelry design, and consists of workshop areas accompanied by a gallery space. Both the workshop and gallery space concentrate on the handcrafted aspects of arts, such as product design, furniture design, textiles, jewelry, and ceramics, with different artists invited to experiment in various mediums and techniques. Workshop classes are also available, and every year a curated, themed group exhibition is held.

The Project Room, 32 Jenner Street, Windhoek West, Namibia

Swakopmund Arts & Crafts Centre

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Arts and crafts in Swakopmund
Arts and crafts in Swakopmund | © dconvertini / Flickr
Ideally located on the Swakopmund airport road, this appealing arts and crafts centre celebrates Namibia’s vibrant culture, while simultaneously providing training and upliftment to the country’s local artists. The centre offers a host of different artistic courses and houses a craft shop and gallery showcasing 100% Namibian crafts, sourced from all over the country. A great place to enjoy the lighter side of art and perhaps pick up some travel mementos at the same time.

Omba Gallery

The Omba Gallery showcases exquisite craftwork and products created by the San people of eastern Namibia. It is situated inside the quirky and vibrant Namibia Craft Centre in Windhoek and many of the pieces on display are for sale. The Omba Gallery also forms part of the Omba Arts Trust, a non-profit organization that aims to uplift rural Namibian communities through arts and crafts.

Namibia Craft Centre, 40, Tal Street, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61242222

Fine Art Gallery

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Located in the centre of Swakopmund and established in 2007, the Fine Art Gallery is committed to the promotion of Namibian and South African art. All are welcome to browse through the gallery and revel in the pleasure of admiring exquisite pieces of art that range in price to include every budget. Landscapes, bronzes, sculptures, and fine jewelry can be found at this gallery, which showcases emerging and established artists alike.

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