An art exhibition has impacted schoolchildren in Solwezi’s Kalumbila area where renowned artists recently converged to display and teach their trade.
Art tutorials by the artists mesmerized children during knowledge sessions at Nkisu Frontier School. The Trident Woodlands Estate community in Kalumbila organized the art exhibition at the clubhouse where products were auctioned in the evening to raise funds for the development of a school library for pupils in the area.
Organizers of the event dubbed A Celebration of Today’s Zambian Artists put together the event to allow the local artists to display talent from across Zambia.
After the evening event, the artists made a date with school children, who assembled at Nkisu Frontier School for the tutorials.
The artists had different classrooms devoted for their individual sessions for the school children, some of whom immediately declared interest in becoming artists.
A recurrent message that came out of all the sessions was that every drawing should be more than just an appealing piece of art; but something which should also signify the progress of an artist.
The Zambian art gurus made it quite clear that an artist—be it a novice or an experienced innovator—should reflect on the piece of work, which should tell a story of lessons learned and the skills gained in life.
Artists Wilson Lungu, Caleb Chisha, Ng’andwe Mwaba, Montfort Chinunda, Lombe Nsama and David Makala took turns in explaining the dynamics of art paintings to the more than 400 school chidren drawn from Kankozhi, Wanyima, Kalumbila, Kisasa, Musele and Nkisu Frontier schools.
Lungu’s session centred on challenges in life and making a personal check, giving the pupils an analysis of how he grew up.
He told them that there are huge challenges when growing up, but advised them never to give up.
In his painting presentation, The Way Through, Lungu said the children should be ready to move from their current situations to an unknown destination, without fearing to embark on the trip.
“You should not fear to take on the challenges of life and you should be willing to settle for what you feel satisfies you,” he said.
He gave them an example of himself as one who had settled for a career in art and making a living out of paintings.
Chisha’s tutorials were called Step at a Time and Beyond My Past. In Step at a Time, Chisha emphasized that whatever one did in life, there was always a first step to take, which could be positive or negative.
He implored the audience to ensure that they made positive choices in all their first steps.
Beyond My Past is based on a girl-child who has been given an impression that education is only for boys and that girls should be confined to doing domestic chores. He dismissed this belief, which is still widespread in some areas, saying education should be considered for all and that girls should compete with the boys.
Mwaba told his class that every person was born an artist and further advised the children how to become successful artists. “Art should not be considered as a hobby but just like any other profession.”
In his presentation Chilenje Works, Mwaba, who used to live in Chilenje, Lusaka narrated how he used to see women draw water every morning at a public spot where water flowed for 24 hours. This troubled him because of the endless wastage of water.
He advised the children that they should grow into responsible citizens and contribute to the conservation of water.
Chinunda testified about how he had excelled as an artist through his presentation Being Hungry for Your Career, in which he outlined how to choose careers and settle for what they chose.
He also presented Centre of Attraction which focussed on how he got attracted to an African woman, and Family Tree which is a longing for a team in his family who would believe in him.
Chinunda also presented Time, which outlines how one might be involved in many relationships but with time would eventually come to choose the right life companion.
Makala presented two paintings, one being Untitled Space which denotes the ability to make decisions without being pressured by external forces. “One must have independence in thinking which should make them fully happy, without being told that to do.” The other one was Element X which talks about preservation of traditions and cultures in society and live by them.
“What has kept Zambia? It is the traditions and cultures which should not be thrown away. We can go to the Western world and learn but our traditions should not be discarded,” he counselled.
And Lungu praised Kalumbila Minerals Limited for organizing a successful art exhibition for the development of a school library for the benefit of pupils in the area. He said after the art exhibition at Trident Woodlands Estate clubhouse that the local community’s initiative towards the exhibition for Zambia’s top artists to showcase their works served a good cause.
Lungu said he was particularly impressed with the organizers’ decision to include, in their visit to Kalumbila, a component of talking to pupils as a way of inspiring them in issues pertaining to art.
“We are happy that the Kalumbila community put together this exhibition for a good cause of raising funds for the development of a school library in the area. We are happy that we are contributing to that cause,” Lungu said.
After the sessions, some school children were happy and declared that they would become artists because of the manner the explanations were simplified.
Trident Foundation Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Alex Mapapayi, said they took advantage of the artists’ visit to Kalumbila and mobilized children from all the schools around Kalumbila for art tutorials, which he said attracted great value.
“The artists were initially invited for an art exhibition but we took advantage of their presence to teach our children around here issues of art. It created awareness and it was a great success,” Mapapayi said.
Trident Foundation, the organ that drives the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for Kalumbila Minerals, donated an assortment of school requirements worth about K20,000.- Feature courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.