The Ujamaa Art Gallery and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) implemented a fourday art project called ‘Bridging the lines’ with the aim of nurturing the artistic talent of refugee and Tanzanian children by exposing them to specific art techniques from renowned Tanzanian artists.
“This project is the first of its kind. Through this project we hoped we would give the children a chance to express their hopes and aspirations and they grabbed onto that chance tightly and produced outstanding masterpieces,” UNHCR Deputy Representative, Chansa Kapaya said.
Kapaya said that art was one of the best ways of enabling one to express their feelings especially for people with bad memories and it was no surprise that on the first day, many children drew graphic issues of people in combat attire, guns and killings.
Ujamaa Art Gallery Director, Lorna Mashiba said that she was overwhelmed by the talent that exists among the children living within and outside the refugee camp and it was exciting to see the enthusiasm when they grasped the aim of the project.
“It was very moving to see children who have never had the experience of working with water colours, pastels, acrylics and coloured pencil end up with breathtaking pieces,” she said.