In its quest to propel arts in the country, Art Malawi has embarked on what it dubs the National Arts Installation project that involves different types of installations across the country.
The latest effort comes barely a month after Art Malawi finalised a two-month task of painting a mural at Protea Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre, which has since been handed over.
Art Malawi Director Manota Mphande said Tuesday that the installation project will involve six sites and they are Mulanje at Likhubula Market at the foot of Mulanje Mountain, Michiru Mountain Sanctuary in Blantyre where installation will be placed at Paul Taylor Education Centre that caters for the general public, Chisi Island —Lake Chirwa in Zomba— Thuma Forest Reserve in Salima, Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and Tcharo -Livingstonia in Rumphi.
Some of the artists participating in the project include Samuel Ndalema, Cris Taulo, Andrew Missi, Tapiwa Tee Mlinga, George Laisi, Gift Banda, Takondwa Sezani, Kelvin Zuze and Jimmy Malinga.
“We will have visual art produced from canvas, metal, wood using Melina and drift wood and other forms of art,” Mphande said.
He said visual art is slowly making its way into the day to day lives of Malawians.
“It is a source of income for the artists mentioned in this project. For instance, Mr Missi has made a living from art for over 20 years now and he is able to share his knowledge and experience with budding artists,” Mphande said.
He said the project’s inspiration is coming from the sites that are an attraction to both domestic and international tourists.
“We want to showcase the various forms using visual arts for all people that visit these sites to appreciate the great talent that Malawi has. It is important for our country to showcase the massive talent it has in the creative space and this is one way of doing it,” Mphande said.
He said work has started in Mulanje and the artists doing the work are Missi, Taulo and Mlinga.
“This project is being managed by Art Malawi with sponsorship from GIZ Malawi ‘Income Creation Measures’. With the artworks, we are also looking at advocating tree planting and use of sustainable grown wood for carvings and the example is the use of Melina trees,” Mphande said.
Mlinga described the project as exciting for her to showcase her work.
“It has been exciting and challenging at the same time. We need such platforms to show our work and at the same time use art to tackle issues affecting society, including environmental conservation,” she said.