SENEGAL-CULTURE-TRAINING / Twenty-five Senegalese visual artists at the school of career management – Senegalese Press Agency

SENEGAL-CULTURE-TRAINING / Twenty-five Senegalese visual artists at the school of career management – Senegalese Press Agency
SENEGAL-CULTURE-TRAINING / Twenty-five Senegalese visual artists at the school of career management – Senegalese Press Agency

Dakar, July 2 (APS) – Twenty-five Senegalese visual artists began a four-day training course in Dakar on Tuesday, at the end of which they should be better equipped to develop their careers and promote their works.

The training workshop, an initiative of the National Art Gallery, will enable them to overcome the difficulties they may face after their training, in order to better penetrate the market.

“It was from an observation and a discussion with the artists that this training workshop was born to address a gap,” namely the need to equip visual artists in the development phase of their career, explained Anne-Marie Faye, director of the National Art Gallery.

Ms. Faye points out that the role of the National Gallery of Art “is not just to disseminate works of art.” She recalls that the structure she directs has already organized two workshops, on “the artist’s agent” and “the stages of an exhibition.”

Following a call for applications launched in the 14 regions of Senegal, 70 applications from 12 regions were received for this workshop focusing on the difficulties that visual artists face after their training.

Twenty-five candidates from eight regions (Fatick, Thiès, Kaffrine, Kaolack, Dakar, Saint-Louis, Ziguinchor and Sédhiou) were selected by the trainer, Momar Seck, a painter and sculptor who lived for around thirty years in Switzerland.

“I will collaborate with the artists […] to find the means and possibilities to penetrate the market. But all this must begin with personal development,” explained the trainer, believing that the beneficiaries of the training must ”understand that they are the producers.”

“An artist is an entrepreneur because he creates a new product,” added Momar Seck, who headed the arts and design department at the International School of Geneva for ten years.

He believes the National Gallery of Art has filled a void by supporting this training, during which visual artists will be introduced to designing technical sheets, identifying their technical needs and drawing up exhibition contracts.

They are also called upon to familiarize themselves with the visual artist’s environment, the status of the artist, plastic terminology and the organization of the promotion of projects with the media.

Visual artists participating in this training will also be introduced to the concepts relating to copyright and related rights in the visual arts.

Saliou Diédhiou, a technical advisor to the Secretary of State for Culture, Creative Industries and Historical Heritage, welcomed the initiative, which he said “fills a gap” by helping to build the capacity of visual artists.

He advocated for the development of artistic education, so that “every Senegalese is a potential buyer of works of art”, which should contribute to intensifying the production and dissemination of visual arts, the visual arts sector being “considered elitist”.

Visual artist Matar Khoulé, originally from Louga (northwest), said he welcomed the training, given the problems he faces administratively and in terms of a lack of exhibition spaces. “This training will allow us to have a general vision to better approach the work,” said Khoulé.

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