W ITH a lot of focus, resilience and determination, the Zambia National Visual Arts Council (VAC) in partnership with the Chanda Martin Foundation presented its awards to deserving visual artists after a
25-year hiatus. The award ceremony, which was held at the Henry Tayali Gallery in the Lusaka
Showgrounds, was also a stage to officially launch the Chanda Martin Foundation (CMF). Perhaps, the most imposing façade to the launched VAC Awards is the Martin Chanda -Most Outstanding Artist prize,
pegged at K18,000, which is arguably the highest monetary accolade in the Zambian visual art history. The development only reaffirms Martin Chanda and his foundation’s dream to participate in the supporting of the arts and the empowerment of artists through collaborative efforts. The rest of award categories, pegged at K5,000 each, include the Best Female Artist, Best 2 Dimension Artist, Best 3 Dimension Artist and the Best Up-Coming Artist. The VAC Awards have resurfaced with more innovation
and rewarding prospects. The VAC management has proposed that all the nominees of this years’ awards contest for the next Venice Biennale in Italy. VAC chairman Chande Kapundu announced that talks are underway to have a Zambian Pavilion at one of the world’s celebrated art platforms.
The nominees in the VAC Awards in the Best Female Artist category are Mulenga J. Mulenga (winner), Cecelia Katongola and Tamara Nkhowani while the Best 2 Dimension Artist category had are Mathew Zulu, Ngandwe Mwaba and Chipika Simanwe (winner). The Best 3 Dimension Artists category had Joseph Chinunga (winner), Nsofwa Bowa, Chishimba Nyirenda while the Best Up-coming Artist had
Cecelia Katongola, Mathew Zulu (winner) and Tamara Nkhowani. The Martin Chanda Award for CLICK TO READ MORE