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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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