‘Transition’ by Mwamba Chikwemba by Start Foundation Trust

On the 13th of April 2019 the Transition exhibition by Mwamba Chikwemba opened.

The exhibition which carried themes of womanhood, boldness and growth is Mwamba Chikwemba's first solo exhibition at 37D Gallery.

The exhibition reflected the artists period of transition and personal growth and how that has had a profound impact on her artistic direction. It also highlights the unknown and often hidden aspects within Bemba culture and her position within it.

Mwamba is a self-taught Zambian artist that works in a wide array of mediums, from acrylic on canvas to metalwork and sculptures. It was wonderful to witness visitors from different walks of life having discussions around the themes presented within the exhibition.

Thank you to everyone who made the day such a success.

The Litter Elephant by Start Foundation Trust

The START children in Mfuwe have completed the refurbishing of our Litter Elephant. 

Our litter elephant is a four meter high three meter wide elephant made out of chicken wire, reinforcement steel and recycled materials.

The Elephant which was first constructed by the children in 2013, on the theme of recycling and conservation, was brought to life under the instruction of  artist Pam Guhrs-Carr. The children turned up for the restoration workshop with their “litter loot” of cans, plastic bottles, containers and bottle tops.

It was impressive to see the older students mentoring the younger ones and guiding them in their tasks appropriate to their abilities.

There were the can smashers, the twine (un)winders, the bottle top sifters, the ladder holders, all working away in perfect harmony.

Pam Carr with the help of Godfrey Bishedi, run creative workshops for the children aged 8 to 17. They are all local residents from the Kakumbi Chiefdom and are either single of double orphans.

The refurbished elephant can now be found at its new home outside our Mfuwe art studio.

Mfuwe Art Studio by Start Foundation Trust

The START Foundation has completed building a new art studio for our Mfuwe branch which hosts 110 START children. 

The art studio is easily accessible from the airport road in Mfuwe and will be a secondary platform away from Lusaka for the stART children to showcase their artworks. The children’s workshops are an opportunity for the youth to take part in exploring their creativity, whilst inspiring their self-confidence and encouraging their ideas. 

It aims to provide a functioning area for these children to hold their workshops and create art. With a roof to protect them from the rains, a storeroom to hold their materials, power points for electricity and walls to hang their artworks on, it has given the children a proper place to hold their art workshops and display their pieces proudly upon their completion.

The funds raised for this new build were gathered by 37D Gallery in Lusaka. The sales of professional artists artwork's generates 25% of the proceeds from the sales to go to The Start Foundation. This funding has allowed numerous children’s workshops over the years, alongside supplying art materials, food & drinks for the children throughout the weekends and now the building of this whole new art studio for the Mfuwe branch.

In addition to this, 100% of the sales from the children’s artworks created during these workshops go back to the children to aid their school needs and equipment.

We are excited for the future and the way in which our new studio will further The START Foundation’s continued effort to cultivate creative thinking and help educate the disadvantaged children in Mfuwe.

A fundamental lack of confidence can hold young people back, so by instilling this confidence in them through these workshops, it can allow them to feel empowered and go forwards to succeed in other areas of academia and everyday life.   

Do stop by and say hello if you are in the Luangwa valley, you will find the children's latest project of the Litter Elephant standing proudly at the front of the art studio. 

Make A Mark Exhibition by Start Foundation Trust

On Saturday 14th December the Make a Mark Exhibition took place, the first showcase in the new gallery. 

Isaac Kalambata / Jamil Cimino Phiri  /  Lazarina Matuta  /  Mwaba Chandia / Mwamba Chikwemba  /  Sana Ginwalla  /  Sebastian Moronell / Kirby Ngwenya / Aaron S Mulenga / Harry Vlachos

The exhibition consisted of a group of talented young upcoming artists who were to make their mark on the Zambian art scene. They exhibited their works at the gallery in our continued mission to support emerging artists. Most of the young artists are university students or graduates of fine arts.

It was a wonderful turnout on the opening Saturday, with many visitors coming to support and see the artworks. There showcase included a range of artworks, from photography, to prints, to mixed media, canvas paintings and sculpture. It encompassed all forms of art these artists are currently exploring. This opportunity further allowed the artists the chance to put forwards their biography's, theories and artist statements to introduce and express them and their art to the gallery's visitors. It was a wonderful experience to see the rising talent here in Zambia. The exhibition ran for a further 3 weeks and into the new year of 2019.

We look forward to seeing what these promising young artists will have in store for the future, this is only the start of their careers here at 37d Gallery. A wonderful event with a wonderful collection of innovative artwork and artists.

Well done