In­vest in art, busi­ness houses ad­vised

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By CHITE MTONGA

SUP­PORT art as it has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate em­ploy­ment and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the coun­try’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, art pro­moter Aaron Chungu has said.

Speak­ing at a press brief­ing in Lusaka Mr Chungu ex­plained that busi­ness houses should con­sider in­vest­ing in the art sec­tor.

Mr Chungu said busi­nesses should as­sist in de­vel­op­ing the art sec­tor into an in­dus­try.

He said banks should play a lead­ing role in sup­port­ing art as art work can even be used as col­lat­eral as was the case in other coun­tries.

Mr Chungu an­nounced dur­ing the press brief­ing that 20 artists will from April 4 to April 16 hold an art ex­hi­bi­tion at Lusaka golf club.

He said the ex­hi­bi­tion was aimed at ex­pos­ing Zam­bian artistes to both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Mr Chungu said the ex­hi­bi­tion would be held on the same day when Lusaka golf club will be hold­ing its Zam­bia Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank (ZANACO) golf tour­na­ment.

“I can con­firm that we will be­tween the 4th and 16th of April hold an art ex­hi­bi­tion where we ex­pect to have 20 artists par­tic­i­pat­ing and out of the 20 par­tic­i­pat­ing 4 are fe­male and we hope that the 4 will in­spire other women to par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

And Lusaka Golf Club cap­tain Clive Shamwana said the club was ex­cited to have em­barked on a part­ner­ship with African In­spi­ra­tion.

Mr Shamwana said the art ex­hi­bi­tion would be a big event as it would be held along­side ZANACO golf tour­na­ment which at­tracts nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als.

He said the long-term goal of the part­ner­ship was to cre­ate a per­ma­nent art sec­tion at the golf club.

Mr Shamwana said Zam­bians should tell their story as they was so much to be proud about and art was a good av­enue to present Zam­bian his­tory.

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