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ARTISTS EXCHANGE (article first published : 2001-02-20)

An exchange programme started four years ago between Durban's BAT Centre and the John Muafangejo Art Centre (JMAC) in Windhoek, Namibia, began its 2001 programme in February with the arrival of Herman Mbamba.

Sponsored by the South African High Commissioner, JMAC's best student is awarded a bursary to cover travel allowance, art materials, studio fees and accommodation during his/her stay in Durban.

Awarded JMAC's Best Senior Student Award last year, Mbamba has joined the BAT Centre's Artists in Residency Programme for a period of three months. During his residency, he will produce works for an exhibition to be held at the BAT Centre towards the end of his stay. He will also attend classes at Technikon Natal.

A third year student at JMAC, Mbamba is an accomplished printmaker who has also worked in sculpture, both wood and metal. He specialises in an unusual printmaking technique in that he uses textured objects -- anything from plastic and metal, to hessian and other fabrics -- to overprint lino and woodcut prints.

Over the past four years, local artists have reaped significant benefits from the BAT Centre/JMAC exchange programme as a result of shared knowledge, skills, techniques and experience.




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