NAFASI IS A SPACE FOR LEARNING AND EXCHANGE – TO STIMULATE THE DISCOVERY AND PRODUCTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN TANZANIA
LEARNING & EXCHANGE
Nafasi is a space for critical learning that stimulates the discovery and production of contemporary art in Tanzania, through education and exchange between Tanzanian artists and the local, regional, and international art world.
Nafasi’s trainings, artist hangouts, and public art workshops encourage learning and exchange between artists from different backgrounds and across disciplines. These activities help professionalize the artists and art industry, thereby contributing to human-centred economic growth and development by boosting employment, reducing poverty, and improving livelihoods.
CHAP CHAP | Public Art Workshops
Every last Saturday of the month we organize a public art workshop. In the afternoon we invite the public to participate in an interactive art activity related to an art technique, Nafasi exhibition, or artist in residence. Nafasi artists facilitate the event by showing and engaging the public in creating art using a specific technique or medium, such as water color, mural painting, sculpture, etc. At these afternoons, anyone young or old, can get a quick (chap chap) introduction to the different works and methods that contemporary artists use.
Chap Chap Workshops are often followed by public events such as concerts, festivals, and other performing arts, linking the artistic disciplines and strengthening collaborations between artists. UPCOMING CHAP CHAP EVENTS
At least once per month, Nafasi hosts artist hangouts (or art talks), which bring together artists from different backgrounds and across disciplines to meet and discuss important themes and topics. Nafasi artists use hangouts to present their work and projects, while Artists in Residence use them get to know the Nafasi community and share their work and ideas. We also use artist hangouts to discuss current exhibitions and events. The hangouts are a platform for artists to present and critique work and exchange ideas, plans, and inspiration with others. UPCOMING ARTIST HANGOUTS
Workshops and trainings for professional and aspiring artists allow participants to hone their craft and develop their practice. Workshops are offered in theory, technique, as well as arts entrepreneurship and management. UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
CHILDREN’S ART EDUCATION
The “Nafasi ya Watoto” (Children’s Space) was opened in May 2018. It is artfully designed to introduce inspiring and fun creative activities to young people. The space hosts regular workshops and activities for kids, and is also available for private hire.