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Explore Artistic Skills – Official

Ngamiland artists have been urged to explore available opportunities to upgrade the standard of art in the district.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of a woodcarving workshop organised by Poetavango and Okavango Artist Association, the principal youth officer from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Culture, Gladys Kelebemang said the district was rich and has continuously excelled in artistic performances as it has been demonstrated through various competitions.

She said the ministry was pleased with initiative in which 17 artists from Ngamiland were trained and equipped with skills and knowledge about woodcarving for a week by an expert, Christiane Stolhofer.

The trainees, who came from villages of Mohembo, Etsha, Tsodilo, Nxamasere and Maun, were trained on how to make sculptures using wood.

They also had an opportunity to exhibit their products at the Nhabe Museum.

She said it was important for artists to balance all aspects of arts, and not only to concentrate in a few.

Kelebemang said this year, the district managed to get positions one, two and three in basketry competitions during President Day competitions held in Gaborone.

“I believe after this training, the wood carving would manage to penetrate and give the good positions in the coming competitions,” she added.

Kelebemang also introduced artists to the world of business and competition.

She informed them that competitions were meant to improve production amongst others hence the need to produce best quality products.

She said poor quality products would not attract customers and encouraged artists to take time to prepare their products for them to easily penetrate the market and bring more profits.

The facilitator of the workshop, Stolhofer encouraged artists to have team spirit and take advantage of what they have learnt to earn a living.

The museum director, John Fella also urged artists to continue with the good work so as to promote Ngamiland fine arts.