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Protea Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre has praised visual artists who took part in a two-month project of painting a mural that has since been handed over.

Art Malawi partnered the hotel to paint a mural which involved 11 artists and they included graduates from Jacaranda School for Orphans Reuben Salima, Pemphero Chiwaya and Mayeso Bamusi.

The artists were awarded recently for their work in the presence of shareholder of Ryalls Hotel Robert Scharar and his family from Dallas in United States of America (USA) and Managing Director Farrukh Maqbool.

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Art Malawi Director Manota Mphande also thanked Ryalls Hotel for recognising the visual artists for the work done in the creation of the mural that cost close to K5 million.

“What Ryalls Hotel did, in giving the visual artists a treat, is worth commending and I am sure it will motivate them to continue bringing quality work. Again, it shows that the hotel recognises art as one of the vital industries in development,” Mphande said.

A mural is any piece of graphic artwork that is painted or applied directly to a wall, ceiling or other permanent substrate and mural techniques include fresco, mosaic, graffiti and marouflage.

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And, so, in their use of canvasses, brushes and paints, among others, the visual artists painted artworks telling stories ranging from the arrival of missionary David Livingstone and his fight against slavery to different modes of transportation in Malawi over the years.

The mural, which is close to the swimming pool where outdoor events are hosted, also shows the country’s beautiful features including lakes, the education system seen through Henry Henderson Institute and the early schools in Livingstone.

“The mural also walks us through our game reserves that are slowly resourced with the Big Five, Nico buildings in downtown Blantyre and our great dance Gule Wamkulu,” Mphande said.

He said the mural is the beginning of more things to come and revealed that they will be returning to work on several other installations which will include wood, metal and stone sculptors.

Other artists who took part in creating the mural include Jimmy Malinga, Maxwell Banda, Prudence Dziopani and Andrew Missi.

Malinga, who is based in Lilongwe and drew one of the vehicles that were used in the past, said artists are there to tell stories in different ways through paintings.

He hailed Ryalls Hotel for engaging them and called upon companies, organisations and other players to work with artists and have their walls decorated.

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