Mmegi Online :: Thapong Visual Arts Centre to be re-vamped
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Friday 12 February 2016, 11:00 am.
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Thapong Visual Arts Centre to be re-vamped

Thapong Visual Arts Centre will be getting a P1.2 million facelift.Thapong's coordinator, Reginald Bakwena, said the project is funded by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. He said the project will entail building studios, a parking lot and a garden for the centre.
By Staff Writer Sat 13 Feb 2016, 02:24 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Thapong Visual Arts Centre to be re-vamped








Work has already been commissioned on the site.  The centre's coordinator said they tried to raise funds for this project for 10 years without any success. Until this year when government came to the rescue. Bakwena anticipates the studios will be put to good use by local artists. He said:  "I think the studios will bring different aspects of art."  Bakwena said they are also going to build a multi purpose hall. "We are hoping to make this place look attractive and welcoming," he asserted.  Regarding other developments at the centre, the Bakwena said the coffee shop that has been under construction, is almost complete.  First National Bank (FNB) Foundation funded the construction  of the coffee shop to the tune of P250,000.

"We are hoping to host an official opening ceremony when everything is

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complete.  We hope the entire project will be completed in February, 2014."  Thapong Visual Arts Centre was established in 1999, the goal of the art centre is to promote visual arts in the country.  The centre supports contemporary arts, assists with artists' careers, helps train and educate artists.The centre strives to encourage aspiring artists and members of the community to be creative, discover means of self expression using visual language.  Thapong is also a membership organisation."We also encourage members to meet and interact during workshops and art exhibitions," the coordinator said.  Thapong coordinates workshops in different disciplines such as drawing, painting, design, sculpture, printmaking and crafts fairs every year.  Professional instructors are invited from a pool of experts to facilitate the workshops.  Thapong has been running international workshops since 1989.

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