The John Muafangejo Art Centre is a symbolic art gallery which doubles as a museum for the curious. Based in the heart of Katutura, Namibian artistry, particularly in contemporary arts, is celebrated and heavily expressed. The centre is named after John Muafangejo (1943–1987), a talented Namibian artist, and gives both aspiring and well-established artists a platform to exhibit their artworks. Often the public are welcome to take part in critical thinking sessions and discussions. Residencies for artists are also available at the centre.
After indulging in the city’s Craft Market, the Omba Gallery is a must-visit. As you weave your way through two floors of unique, traditional and locally-made art, from woven baskets and furniture, to jewellery made from ostrich eggs, unemployed women from disadvantaged communities benefit from any purchases you make. The Omba Gallery is famed for its Christmas in July exhibitions, which is exactly as it sounds. Dotted in white with stunning décor for celebrations at the end of the year, visitors are welcome to purchase local goodies at affordable prices.
The Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre was established to fortify the relationship between Namibia and France. Since its inception 27 years ago, it has introduced a series of events including comedies, plays, international movie screenings and plenty of exhibitions. The modernistic main building welcomes guests to view the artworks displayed in the gallery, while next door lies the Ethiopian-style restaurant called Goûts d’Afrique, formerly known as La Bonne Table. More works exhibit there, so you can dine on some delicious Eastern cuisine and enjoy the art.
As an independent gallery, StArt Art has performed quite well in the arts industry. Exhibiting arts from established Namibian artists such as the late and great Tony Figueira, Lynette Diergaardt and Nicky Marais, this intimate space deserves a visit. Located in the city centre, this gallery is well known for its contemporary art and workshops for those invested in the city’s creative community. Along with its exhibitions, StArt Art hosts pARTicipate sessions which allow visitors to engage with artists who elaborate on their pieces and the methods they use.