Tanzania has a rich tradition of wood carving, particularly the Makonde style and every type of wood is available. Artists mainly work in poorly equipped co-operatives and the sector generally has little support. While artistic skill and potential is considerable, there is little available to facilitate this development and to bring the finishing articles to the highest standards.
To establish a sustainable community of sculptors and carvers, in a facility that enhances and develops their creative gifts, drawing on African, Arabic and European artistic traditions; providing a centre for dialogue and the sharing of experience between artists; highlighting and promoting the contribution that the culture of Tanzania can make to the development of the country.
That this centre of excellence will through apprenticeships, seminars, sharing of experience programmes and the introduction of new ways of working, become a major an influence for the creative arts in Tanzania.
Clements Marketing has been commissioned to help project manage the setup of the company, Tanzanian Fine Arts. Clements Marketing will create an ecommerce website with a global reach to promote and sell hand carved sculptures, carved doors, chairs, picture frames and other furniture.
Alan Clements our MD is currently in Tanzania purchasing stock, initiating the project and establishing relationships.