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MBABANE – Moving with the times!

The Arts and Culture Council of Eswatini presents numerous platforms for artists, such as painters and sculptors. There are opportunities that have been presented by the organisation namely, The Visual Arts Network Eswatini based in Manzini. This platform which is a part of the Arts and Culture organisation offers artists a chance to exhibit their work.  They have started working on a project where artists paint the arts and culture boardroom but are yet to launch the exhibition. The objective of the reveal is to invite parastatals and business owners of the likes, to witness the shift that has come into play which is the future of visual arts and it’s now a recognisable career in the kingdom. A vision that can broaden the perspective to the beauty of having murals and paintings in the work space and on the walls of buildings. Ultimately it’s for our people to start embracing young talents and to give them the platform of expression.

The organisation is running a movement that encourages painters and sculptors to push their boundaries and expand their vision by thinking bigger and working towards painting bigger spaces like malls, wall fences etc. as Eswatini does not have the privilege of art exhibition spaces like neighboring countries. Arts and Culture Council has formed a relationship with the national museums in the kingdom namely Eswatini National Museum and the Bulembu Museum, when they invite the artists to familiarise themselves with the theme of the day, and then paint a temporary exhibition that will complement it. The Council provides other numerous spaces like beauty pageants and shows where they encourage artists to showcase their work there too.

The arts industry has proven to be of great force of assistance to our community of upcoming and talented young artists. The arts are not the easiest industry to strive in the kingdom.
All artists which consist of; painters, musicians, artists, instrument players), are encouraged to call the Arts and Culture office. The artists will be referred to the correct department according to their craft, and then will be registered as members, so they can be up to date with any developments. Stanley Dlamini, CEO of The Arts and Culture Council, when reached for comment said, “We have seen a shift of interest in the arts and we need to take advantage of this. Let’s also make use of the tons, regions and malls. For example artists should approach owners of businesses and buildings then offer to paint their walls which is bound to create interest and attraction to that specific place. They should also host exhibitions from time to time. This is where potential exists,” said Dlamini.

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