Deep in the heart of the Erongo, the little quaint, quiet and underestimated town of Omaruru is making a noise again well on its way to becoming the third cultural hub of Namibia. With the launch of the Omaruru Art Fair, taking place the weekend of 10-12 May, the organizers are not only creating a major addition to the arts calendar by giving artists a new platform to present their work but are enriching the Namibian cultural landscape with a fresh contemporary event, that is first and foremost about art. In addition the Omaruru Art Fair is forming an opportunity for art & culture to be expanded to other regions of the country, to be inclusive and to encourage engagement in communities that do not have sufficient exposure.
Strongly focused on Fine Art, Sculpture, Photography, Print Making, Painting, this is not a crafts show, nor will visitors see art from the past. Some of the participating artists are well known old guard Namibian creatives whilst a strong mix for emerging artists is an uncompromising objective of the fair. From the outset the coordinators were determined to make this new event inclusive for artists from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, a point that is clearly reflected in the logo and poster for the event.
The culture association has set aside a budget to provide financial assistance to the participating artists to help them defray their costs. All organizers are determined to create an event that is only about ART. More than 20 participating artists will be showing at 4 clearly marked venues, comprising of 2 residences, one Main Street gallery and one Sculpture garden. Also featured will be the Omaruru School of Art, a NGO effort to provide art education to local school children.