Tulipamwe means, “we are together”. The Tulipamwe Arts Trust is a non-profit making non-governmental organization, coordinated as an independently funded community outreach project under the auspices of the Visual & Performing Arts Department of the University of Namibia, which provides an established infrastructure.
The first Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop was initiated by the Visual Arts Department of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in 1994. International Artists were invited to Namibia to work alongside local artists for two weeks at a venue away from the city. Since then eleven successful workshops have been held in Namibia hosting approximately 259 International and Namibian artists. Local and international artists have described the experience of Tulipamwe as “stimulating, exciting and renewing!”
The objectives of Tulipamwe Arts Trust are:
- To create an invigorating artistic environment for Namibian artists to share creative skills with each other and with international artists.
- To provide international artists with the opportunity to work in a unique African environment where they can explore new creative avenues.
- To benefit a disadvantaged, rural Namibian community by bringing positive energy, activity and community engagement to it through visual arts initiatives.
- To allow the said community the initiative to share in Tulipamwe funding by providing workshop facilities, accommodation and meals to workshop participants.
- To celebrate local traditions and culture as integral part of the global community.
- To create the opportunity for development in visual art, thereby contributing to Namibia’s cultural capital.