Yebo! Report

Please download to get full document.

View again

of 26
3 views
PDF
All materials on our website are shared by users. If you have any questions about copyright issues, please report us to resolve them. We are always happy to assist you.
Document Description
Annual report Yebo! Art Gallery and the state of the fine art industry in Swaziland
Document Share
Documents Related
Document Tags
Document Transcript
  1   Yebo Art Gallery Annual Review2011 Composed by Jaap KosterKhulekani Msweli  2 Contents Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 4Directors ............................................................................................................................. 5 Aims and Method of this Report ....................................................................................... 5Facilities and Services at Yebo Art Gallery ...................................................................... 6Social Responsibility .......................................................................................................... 7Overview of Exhibitions .................................................................................................... 9Exhibitions Review ............................................................................................................ 11 Artists .................................................................................................................................. 12 Artist Questionnaire ........................................................................................................... 13Local Actors ........................................................................................................................ 17Organisations Questionnaire ............................................................................................. 18Challenges ........................................................................................................................... 23 Achievements ...................................................................................................................... 24Current Situation and Way Forward ................................................................................ 25  3   Yebo Art Gallery  Annual Review    4 Introduction  Yebo art gallery was founded in January 2011 by Peter, Dane and Aleta Armstrong. Thegallery is located in Ezulwini, one of Swaziland's prime commercial and tourism hotspots. Itboasts two shopping centres, casinos, a nature reserve, hotels, lodges and many restaurants.Ezulwini is currently experiencing a boom in construction which is changing the tourismlandscape as more businesses are relocating to the valley. Historically, the valley has been at the centre of political and cultural activity, housing the parliament, national museum andKing's memorial. The valley also hosts the annual Reed Dance and Incwala ceremonies,attracting visitors interested in the traditions of Swazi Culture.It was a strategic decision therefore to locate Yebo in Ezulwini. The art gallery would (i) profit from tourists staying in the area or passing through, (ii) be able to engage in partnerships with the hospitality and crafts industry in the region and (iii) benefit from adiverse and potentially open-minded audience. The valley's aforementioned internationalallure could, moreover, allow the gallery to improve Swaziland's art credentials abroad. Although Yebo art gallery is at bottom a commercial project, its mandate is very much in line with that of public institutions involved in the arts. At the heart of its mission lies the desire togrow and promote contemporary art in Swaziland, a sector which has received little or noattention from local actors. Business, government and NGOs favour the crafts industry, which produces familiar and therefore readily saleable objects. Yebo, on the other hand, wasborn of a desire to separate art from crafts by providing it with the requisite means of  presentation. As the first fully operative contemporary art gallery in Swaziland, Yebo had to create amarket from scratch. That meant it had to educate not only the public but the artists themselves. Various initiatives were launched, including (but not limited to) a residency program, art workshops and a small but comprehensive reference library. The artists involvedin these programs have full access to Yebo's facilities and expertise. They are perpetuallycoached on topics ranging from technique and choice of subject matter to the commercialaspects of art production. Yebo art gallery is acutely aware of the responsibility it carries as a pioneer in Swaziland'snascent art sector. To the extent that art can be regarded as a public good, a gallery fulfils a public function. This holds true especially if, in a given region, access to contemporary art isrestricted. In this respect Yebo assumes the role of a museum. It documents, catalogues anddisplays the output of some of Swaziland's most promising artists. It also curates themedexhibitions which appeal to a wide audience. In short, Yebo fulfils a beacon role: it leads byexample, hoping to motivate potential actors and make Swazi art into a success story.
We Need Your Support
Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in our free products and services. We are nonprofit website to share and download documents. To the running of this website, we need your help to support us.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

No, Thanks