Selebo Region Hosts Arts Exhibition

| May 6, 2015

The Selebi Phikwe Bobirwa (SELEBO) region hosted visual arts exhibition to honor local artists on April 30 .

The mayor, Mr Amogelang Mojuta, graced the occasion where he noted that such exhibitions were held to nurture and promote artists talents.

He said he was impressed that more artists participated in this year’s exhibition, which also led to the quality and quantity of the exhibition to be upgraded. He said last year 83 participants took part in the occasion and this time around the number of participants increased to 137 in 2015 which shows growth on arts in the region.

Mr Mojuta said the art exhibition should be a business launching pad for youth who are involved in arts to diversify the economy of the town and boost tourism sector of the country at large. He also commended the Youth Fund, Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), Botswana Tourism Board and CEDA for playing a major role in developing and growing local businesses.

The mayor further stressed that the Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture (MYSC) has arts and culture section that targets artists and has a heritage collection site which assists in preserving indigenous art. He urged artists to use the available opportunities to enhance their skills and market their products.

The curator from MYSC, Mr Phenyoyaone Pampiri said their main objective is to make artists be aware that art can sustain one financially and to make Batswana to appreciate local art. He said creating a platform for local artists to market their products nationally, regionally and internationally in terms of value of the product is one of their priorities.

One of the judges at the exhibition Mr Emmanuel Moleboge who is an art teacher at Makhubu Junior School said there were few things that they were looking for in a piece to outstand which are, first impression in a piece, confidence of an artist to present the art, originality of the art, context and craftsmanship.

One of the exhibitors, 65 year old Mmatlhodi Tsae from Lentswe le Moriti said she started weaving during her primary school days when she was 14 years old in 1964. She said she was inspired by a woman called Lesego who volunteered to teach young girls weaving. She after all these years of experience and perfection she produced good quality products and her cheapest basket values at P8000.

Ms Matlhodi pointed out that she is passionate about weaving and she urges youth to come forth to learn from her so that culture could be passed on to the next generation.

Tshoganetso Setsoma and Gaolatlhe Kobe showcased their leather work products which were breathtaking applauded the government for assisting them financially to expand their business.

The duo’s business specializes in producing leather sandals and ladies handbags which come out in different designs for consumers preferences. They also noted that they use local materials and recycle old car tires and fan belts from BCL Mine to make their products.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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