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The-day art exhibition held at KwaHaraba Arts and Coffee shop in Blantyre attracted more foreigners with only a few locals in attendance.

The art exhibition started on Friday and ended on Sunday with foreigners dominating and buying artworks.

The exhibition started on a low note on Friday but it gained momentum later in the afternoon when more foreigners turned up with a few locals and it was the same on the second day.

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There were showers on Saturday which slightly affected the exhibition but it went on and the climax was when people sampled an acoustic performance.

With artists still crying for a national art gallery where they could be exhibiting their works, art exhibitions are bridging the gap for now.

The art exhibition showed exceptional talent from the artists looking at the artworks on display and these included paintings of animals and people.

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Apart from paintings, people also sampled sculptures, batiks, pencil and charcoal, recycling works, embroidery and bead work.

The platform brought both veteran and up and coming artists who apart from showcasing the artworks also had time to network and share ideas.

One of those who exhibited his artworks Gilbert Mpakule, who is also a member of Visual Arts Association of Malawi (Vaam) said despite not getting enough numbers  from locals, the exhibition achieved its purpose.

“This is just the beginning so we cannot complain about the numbers. We are just happy that the exhibition has taken place,” said Mpakule.

He said the exhibition showed that there is talent in the country.

“Artists sold some of their works at good prices particularly from foreigners. Creativity needs to be supported and one way to do this is to promote artists,” said Mpakule.

Another artist Peter Ndalama, who among others, makes Djembes said the exhibition was the beginning of more things to come.

“We just need to stick together as artists and continue producing the best. Through exhibitions we will surely break ground,” said Ndalama.

Owner of KwaHaraba Arts and Coffee shop Thoko Liwimbi observed that there is talent in the country but it needs support to grow.

“Art is there but at the moment there is no ready market and so there is need to create the market as for now only foreigners buy artworks,” she said.

Liwimbi said there was a need to change the mindset of local people to start appreciating and buying local artworks.

“Art need to be promoted fully, again the government needs to put up some deliberate policies aimed at developing art,” said Liwimbi.

Liwimbi said through KwaHaraba they would want to give artists a platform to show their talent adding that they want to be holding an exhibition every four months.

 

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