The Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 was the first joint exhibition of wildlife artists and the children's art under the theme of Kayamoja ArtConnects: „What we learn to love, we learn to respect.“
World-renowned wildlife artists and conservationists exhibited for the first time in Namibia together with our local talented artists and the winners of our nationwide Kayamoja Wildlife Art Newcomers Competition!
There were two separate competitions held under the umbrella of the Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018. One for the participating wildlife artists to become Kayamoja Wildlife Artist 2018.
And one for the children and new artists at schools throughout Namibia for three different age groups and to become the overall winner: Kayamoja Wildlife Artist Newcomer 2018.
The proceeds from the sale of the established artists artworks went 50/50 for the Kayamoja ArtConnects Trust and the artists.
The children's and artist newcomer's work was sold 50/50 for themselves, and 50% for Save the Rhino Trust. This way the children and young artists learned how to take responsibility and take action through their work for conservation.
Additional there was a raffle taking place of an original Rhino painting by international renown artist Paul B. Dixon with proceeds going as a 100% donation to Save the Rhino Trust.
The Exhibition was a great opportunity for young new wildlife artists to exhibit together with the established artists and to support conservation. Wildlife art in this context is not a just matter of beauty in our homes, but has become a weapon in the battle for conservation, in times of great need for it. If wildlife art is to make a difference, we as wildlife artists carry a responsibility to help to protect the last wild places and animals on this planet.
The Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 and its Newcomers Competition were raising awareness for our vanishing wildlife for everybody involved but mainly to the youth of Namibia,- a country that a unique and great variety of wildlife still calls home.
The great opening reception did provide a great opportunity to connect with each other: the artists, the conservationists, the children and everybody who knows and doesn't know yet about wildlife art and the great benefit of working together as unity and in active dialogue with each other for conservation.
Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018
Lets make a difference for wildlife conservation, children and young talented artist together!
Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - Feedback
May 18, 2018
This weekend the Kayamoja Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 is closing at the Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund and we would like to thank everybody involved!
Thank you to all the artists for participating, for your trust in us and all your efforts!
It was a truly wonderful event and the first of its kind in Namibia!
We’ve reached hundreds of hearts and hopefully inspired many in this country for Namibian wildlife, for wildlife art and wildlife conservation!
Once again we would like to congratulate Roger Martin for winning the award: Kayamoja Wildlife Artist 2018 and Peter Johannes for winning the award: Kayamoja Newcomer Wildlife Artist 2018!
Great thanks to our international judge: Paul B. Dixon, Kim Donaldson and Morten E. Solberg and to all the young artists in Namibia for participating with great passion!
A special tanks to artist Carl Brenders and agent Christiane Katcham who’s painting made a record in Namibia for a piece of wildlife art been sold and was a huge contribution to the Trust! Thank you, to Tina from the Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund for doing a great job!
While we are very happy about the success regarding media exposure and visitors of the exhibition we sadly have to announce that on the financial side we are currently not in the position to repeat the exhibition in 2019. But we are positive that the Trust and it's donors will keep on growing in future and we will be able to repeat the event in nearby future again!
Special thanks to Paul B. Dixon for his donation of his painting: “The point of a Rhino” to raise funds for the Save the Rhino Trust Namibia!
Special thanks to international artists Stefanie Gendera (Germany), Christine Lamberth (South Africa), Lieze Meyer and Kate Jenvey (Australia) for joining us at the great opening reception in Windhoek!
And special thanks to Robert Bateman and Anne E. London for donating their artwork as a 100% donation to the Trust!
Some of the artwork will still be available for the international market and can be shipped world-wide on buyers costs. So if you want to support us further please spread the word for our online catalogue:
Thank you all for your great support!
Photos by Susan Nel and Kris Barnard