Art Yak with CHANDA MWENYA
IF YOU want to collect small artworks of some famous local artists, then the Small Works Art Gallery located in Rhodespark at The Deli on Lunzua Road in Lusaka is the place to be.
Perhaps, as the name already suggests, the gallery only displays miniature sculptures and small paintings that are not any bigger than A2 in size.
But don’t be deceived by the miniature size of the artworks here. The gallery hosts some of big names in the industry. For instance, if you want to collect smaller versions of Zenzele Chulu’s “Schematic Tantrums”, or the colourful works of Monty Chinunda, or even the captivating sculptures of Sydney Siansangu, then you don’t need to look further than the Small Works Art Gallery.
And if you thought, you have seen it all from the up-and-coming artists, the Small Works Art Gallery will surprise you and reveal some new hidden talents. But again, that seems to be the idea. The centre is noticeably exhibiting new talents alongside renowned artists in a conventional space.
In fact, at The Deli, you also find The Art Shop which stocks a range of artists’ paraphernalia from pencils to brushes, from drawing paper to sketch books, from paints to ready stretched canvas. Having an exhibition space and a source of art materials in one place somewhat transforms “The Deli” into near utopia for any practising artist.
“When I started The Art Shop in 2012 at Zebra Crossing, Ababa House, my space was a meagre 3-metre squared, I could not do much but just sell art materials, but when I moved here a year ago, I got three rooms and I diversified. I have gone into framing and also use The Deli cafeteria space to display various artworks,” said Candice Rogoff, an artist herself.
Well, despite its limited space and recent establishment, the Small Works Art Gallery has already proved to be attractive, even catching the attention of renowned artists. Its annual exhibition calendar is designed to accommodate two group shows and at least three solos or duets.
Last September, the gallery debuted a Steller Dubler’s solo exhibition.
And for its forthcoming group exhibition dubbed “Xmas Small works Art Exhibition” that opens on December 2, the gallery will include works of artists such as Quentin Allan, Jeff Lungu, Nsama Lombe, Sally Lanley and Vincent Kakoma, among others.
And December being the month of celebration, merrymaking and giving, Candice said a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to Special Hope Network, an organisation that provides special education and care to children with special learning needs.
Small Works Art Gallery exhibition calendar for next year is already looking good with Agness and Lawrence Yombwe set for a duet show in August.
“I am excited that the Yombwe’s will be exhibiting right here,” said Candice with bubbling joy.
Agness and Lawrence Yombwe are a couple whose rare authentic pedigree is captivating.
Their duet show at Small Works Art gallery will certainly reaffirm that indeed dynamite comes in small packages.