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"Culture is the heritage of us all. some may be more interested than others in the treasures of the past, but no one can fail to take a pride in his country's participation in the story of mankind, as represented in carvings, sculpture, music, paintings and the other arts. And there is a personal commitment to this, for no man can really say he is alone: we are all joined through our identity, with the cultures which are part of the mainstream of life"
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian Independence Freedom Fighter

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"Try to be the rainbow in someone else's cloud" - Maya Angelou

"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - Steve Jobs

Friday, 16 August 2013

A Zarty Farty Interlude: Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre

Yesterday I went to visit the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre to find out more about the International Arts Workshop that will overlap with the UNWTO GA conference in Livingstone, starting on the 18th of August. Organised by the Insaka Artists Trust, Zambian artists, both terrestrial and from the diaspora, as well as artists from around the world, including China and Finland, will help each other further their understanding and mastery of their own disciplines, while being introduced and exposed to new ones.  They will also debate the meaning of art and have a good time. I love cultural exchange!

You can find out more about the Insaka Artists Trust here and here. Here is a post about him on C1rca 1964.

I was invited to the Centre, whose premises are located in the Lusaka Showgrounds, and was given a tour of the artists' workspace in the back.

The Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre is located near the police station opposite the Main Area.  If you use the entrance off Nangwenya Road (where Portico is) keep going straight through another set of gates.  When you get to the triangle roundabout still keep straight and you will then see the Police station on your left. Take your first  right and the Centre should be on your left almost immediately.  Huge wooden doors and statues flanking the entrance.  Plus there is a Proflight wire sculpture using recycled materials that you should see further ahead. 

Here are pictures of the amazing visual arts in various mediums, using multiple materials:

Mulenga Mulenga, one of the Insaka Artists from
Zambia proudly stands by her work and talks
about her favourite: the blue abstract on the left

An UK artist preparing for the Insaka International
Arts Workshop in Livingstone 

Artists polishing their stone and wood sculptures:


  1. this is really good..... thats why they say if you dont move around or visit you might end up appreciat your mom that she is a best cook. you are really doing good poeple. The Gvt will never address all poeple`s peoblems so let pays to be innovative.

  2. Thanks Caleb, I try to highlight things people don't know about so they know they are there. There are many people in Zambia doing great and inspirational things in all fields :)