Namibia’s highly competitive art exhibition, the Bank Windhoek Triennial, which celebrates visual art in the country, has been shifted to next year due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the organizers announced Tuesday.
Staged every three years, the triennial showcases the quality and diversity of artwork produced by Namibian artists and is sponsored by Bank Windhoek and organized by the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN).
As a result of the impact of COVID-19, the new deadline for artists to submit their artwork is Nov. 6, 2020, and judging of the artworks will take place in early February 2021, while the official opening of the Bank Windhoek Triennial is in April 2021, they said.
“The pandemic has severely affected the visual arts industry. Thus, prompting the decision to allow visual artists more time to work on their submissions to ensure they submit quality artwork,” said Bank Windhoek’s Head of Corporate Social Investments, Sponsorship, and Events, Bronwyn Moody.
Despite the setback, NAGN’s Chief Executive, Snobia Kaputu said they look forward to innovative works of art, and therefore encourage all artists who meet the qualifying criteria to enter the competition.
The triennial aims to celebrate visual art in Namibia, while providing a continued platform for the development and promotion of the visual art industry. The first event took place in 2008.