18 Sept 2023
As far as my memory serves me well I do remember that there has only been one art exhibition event in Kasungu sometime back in 2020 if not 2019 at Chikho Hotel.
Kasungu based multi-talented painter, pen and pencil artist Henry Ngulube popularly known as Mawofozi has bemoaned lack of art exhibition events and interest of buying paintings and pencil drawings among residents in the district.
Ngulube told Story Club FM that many artists like him in Kasungu, struggle to sell their art to people within the district as there is no any art exhibition events happening which makes them and their work less known.
He said; “As far as my memory serves me well I do remember that there has only been one art exhibition event in Kasungu sometime back in 2020 if not 2019 at Chikho Hotel, since I started selling paintings and drawings in 2018.
Of course we are now more than 5 artist here that we can organize our own exhibition event to showcase our work but we lack support.”
Ngulube also expressed worry over lack of interest among the residents to buy the art despite their selling prices been low.
“Prices for my pieces are very fair when compared to other artists in the country who produces the same quality of work as mine, what determines the price to me is the size of the painting and I do it at any size from A4 going upwards.
But what is a bit demotivating is that most of customers who buy the art are not from Kasungu but other parts of the country, it’s like we don’t have home support,” said Ngulube.
He has however made an appeal to the public to start promoting local artists by trusting them with work and giving them platforms where they can display their work before appreciating and ordering paintings from abroad which can locally been done.
Despite the setbacks mentioned Ngulube recalls one happy moment where he sold one of his fine painting in Kasungu at K300,000.