'Plenty of room for improvement in visual arts'

Bakwena recently attended Tate Intensive Programme in London, UK
Bakwena recently attended Tate Intensive Programme in London, UK

After attending a curatorial intensive project named Tate Intensive 2019 last month in the UK, Thapong Visual Arts centre director Reginald Bakwena has revealed that a lot is yet to be done to improve visual arts in Botswana.

Bakwena said curators were invited from around the world. “The whole process of the project was to look into bringing new ideas in the arts and discussing how we can take the arts forward as institutions,” he reflected in an interview this week.

He told Arts & Culture that they looked at how artists should collaborate with curators and he realised that it was most especially important locally.  “Curators are the people who manage galleries and the work of artists, so it’s crucial to be critiqued by a curator because they know what the customer wants,” said Bakwena.

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