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A vibrant art centre and platform for artistic exchange where visual and performing artists come to create, learn, inspire, exhibit and perform

NAFASI ART SPACE

Nafasi Art Space was founded in 2008 by a small group of Tanzanian Artists with the aim of improving access to and widening participation in the visual arts in Tanzania. We are Tanzania’s leading centre for contemporary visual and performing arts. It is a vibrant community of artists, musicians, dancers, performers and technicians, based in the industrial area of Mikocheni B, Dar es Salaam.

Nafasi Art Space hosts over 50 artists, 37 studios, and several exhibition spaces. We offer regular programmes including training and workshops, art talks, and public events, such as lm screenings, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, and public art fairs. On average, Nafasi attracts more than 1000 visitors every month.

Nafasi’s platform has generated an organic ecosystem where the arts community can thrive, enabling artistic and cultural entrepreneurship for many young Tanzanians.

MISSION STATEMENT

Overall Objective

To be the leading Contemporary Art Centre in Tanzania that provides a platform for artists through development, production, and entrepreneurship in the Visual and Performing Arts by providing training, exchange, and exhibition of contemporary art locally, regionally, and beyond.

NAFASI STRATEGIC SUMMARY PDF [4.6MB]

Core Values & Beliefs

Artistic integrity and independence: We believe in protecting freedom of expression and providing a safe and encouraging space for artists to create work they believe in without fear of censorship or repression

Exchange and open dialogue: We believe in the intrinsic value of artistic collaboration and critical discourse about art to challenge, inspire, and energise the artistic community, thereby driving innovation and creativity

Social transformation through art: We believe that access to and participation in culture is a fundamental human right, and that art has the potential to create positive change in society.

Artist-centred Ethos

We engage in collective decision-making and strive to ensure that all of our organisational actions and plans are in line with the primary interests of the artists, recognizing the power of the artist to build a better world.

ARTIST INFORMATION PACK PDF [10MB]

THE TEAM

THE NAFASI BOARD

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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Creation
Learning and Exchange
Exhibition and Performance
Artist Collective
Audience Development and Community Outreach
A Sustainable Arts Institution

NAFASI MANAGEMENT TEAM

Nafasi’s team is committed to seeing the arts grow and flourish in Tanzania. They keep the organisation running on a day-to-day basis, working to make sure Nafasi remains the leading contemporary art centre in Dar es Salaam. Stop by and say hello!

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THE NAFASI TEAM

A majority of the staff working at Nafasi are artists. Some say that working here is almost a calling. To them Nafasi is an essential place for artists like themselves to exist and thrive. They feel that the work Nafasi does is presently redefining the role of art in Tanzanian society.

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