The first ever art gallery in Livingstone

Tourism and Arts Minister of Zambia has opened the first ever art gallery in Livingstone.

The Ministry of Tourism and Arts, through the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) would continue to develop the facility to higher standards expected of a gallery in a tourist capital.

As the country celebrated its 50 years of independence, the expectations of the newly built art gallery were high. The Ministry was expectant that artists would maximize the usage of the gallery to promote tourism in the country.

“With the construction of this gallery, we do not expect to see artists trading in unauthorized areas. The Maramba cultural village just across will also provide improved market access to the tourists as well as the public who wish to buy souvenirs from Livingstone the great tourist capital of Zambia,” Ms Kapata said.

Ms Kapata said the gallery would also contribute towards employment creation in the creative arts industries space.

She said the Livingstone gallery which would carter for visual arts from various categories including painters, photographers, sculptors and ceramics, had commenced installation of equipment and that the exercise was expected to be completed by January 2015.

Ms Kapata appealed to the Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA) and other tour operators in Livingstone to include the gallery and the recently built Maramba cultural village on the city tourism circuit.