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THAPONG celebrates local artists living abroad

1-TapongThapong Visual Arts Centre is hosting an art exhibition for and in honour of Tswana artists living outside the country.

The exhibit, which runs from the 5th until the 19th of August 2016, is held under the tag "Botswana Artists Studying Abroad", and features a range of artwork including paintings, sculptures and animation. Beyond simply displaying the artwork, several pieces are up for sale, prices negotiable upon request.

The curator, Reginald Bakwena, wrote in the catalogue accompanying the exhibit that Thapong has "always championed training and development of the visual arts," as these are considered "cornerstone(s) in the growth and diversity of the arts." All artwork is displayed at the Thapong Visual Arts Centre in Gaborone.

The event has been hailed as phenomenal development in the Botswana arts scene. The diverse artworks were prepared by a group of art teachers who were selected by the Ministry of Education and Skills Development and had been given the opportunity to further their studies in various disciplines in several institutions across southern Africa in 2012.

Obed Mokulani, whose print works are part of the exhibit, has appealed to the business community to join in on the attempt to develop the arts in Botswana. "If we join hands, we can take the arts in this country to new heights."

Works on display vary in style, medium, and technique, all coming together to give a holistic view of the capabilities and accomplishment of the artists. Artists featured include Unami Maigwa, Gofaone Kebonyekgosi, Selebego Suping and Othusitse Ketshabang to name a few.

Showcasing various styles and approaches, the exhibit features different visual art elements and disciplines, from ceramics to prints, as well as drawings and animation reels created by the artists.

 

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