By Andreas Thomas
Windhoek - The College of the Arts ‘New Beginnings’ exhibition has returned to the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) for the tenth time, with an eclectic body of work by the graduates.
The exhibition that opened on Thursday, February 7, features artworks by the visual art graduates.
This popular and innovative work of graduates from the Department of Visual Art and Fashion Design grants the public a chance to see new work by fresh graduates in visual arts.
The exhibition serves as a springboard for young visual artists that are at the beginning of their artistic careers. COTA offers accredited diploma qualifications in visual arts.
During their first two years of study, students complete a series of workshops designed to further their knowledge and skills in these areas, while in their third year, students are encouraged to select a contemporary research theme and create a body of work which explores this theme.
“Work exhibited on this show is by the graduates in their final year of study as well as work done in their own studios, old and new graduates come together to show the public their skills as artists,” Annapaula Vakamuena, NAGN public relations officer, explained.
“Graduates exhibit together resulting in an eclectic mix of styles, mediums and inspired choices. Creativity and the original use of
materials are evident in this year’s New Beginnings. Paintings, drawings and sculptures cover a large variety of styles and genres – taking careful note of these new artists and their brand of contemporary art promises to be a rewarding experience”.
The exhibition runs until March 9, 2019.