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Visual Arts baseline study & needs assessment

Background of the Project

One of the main points that emerged from the discussions at the recent 2015 Namibia Visual Arts Symposium is the need for an extensive needs assessment of the local visual arts sector. There are gaps that need to be addressed. This project is designed to address these gaps by first and foremost critically analysing them and then devising practical solutions in the context of JMAC projects and programming. The study intends to consult individual and group stakeholders that will be considered as key informants on the various areas of this research.

Target individuals, groups and institutions

This project is particularly interested in three target stakeholder groups;

  • Locally practising artists (emerging and established) 
  • Curators, arts managers and administrators
  • Arts educators/scholars/critics

Some of these research participants will be sampled College of the Arts, National Gallery of Namibia, Arts Association Heritage Trust, UNAM Visual Arts, Meseums Association of Namibia, National Archives, Visual Artists Namibia.

This exploration will strengthen JMAC's effort to strategically position itself as a creative think tank.

The Objectives of the Project

  • To enhance the JMAC's understanding of the needs in the sectors and how they can be best addressed
  • To draw from previous and existing research projects related to the development of the visual arts in Namibia such as the Scoping Study
  • To source best practices and relevant contemporary approaches in the field that are specifically targeted to address certain needs
  • To contribute to building a community base of artists and cultural practitioners in the country
  • The output of this research will inform and guide the conceptualization and implementation of all 2016 JMAC projects and beyond
  • To create a consistent and sustainable thread of information and knowledge production about the state of visual arts sector in Namibia
  • To trace and capture some organizational memory (archival and individual experiences) about previous successful JMAC projects and looking at how they could be applied and adapted to suit the centre's new projects.