Lechwe Trust is a charitable trust for the visual arts in Zambia, formed in 1986 to provide scholarships to promising artists; to purchase or commission works of art for public display; to support organisations working for the promotion of the visual arts and preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage; to support and encourage art education and to promote exhibitions within Africa and abroad.

Contact Us:

Email: 
[email protected]
Phone: +260 211 257256

Exhibition Now On ~ The Heritage Collection

A wide-ranging scope of artworks from the heritage collection.

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 Hrs

Sunday: 12.00 – 18.00 Hrs.

Akex Nkazi ~ Curator

Alex Nkazi was a teacher of art from 1982 to 2018.  He was privileged to be the first art teacher at Metro Boys Secondary in Lusaka, and later at St. Joseph’s College in Gaborone Botswana.

Back in Lusaka, Alex joined the School of Education at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, where he taught drawing, painting, design and ceramics.   Alongside his teaching, Alex loves working in oils and acrylics, which has earned him many commissions, including the 32 x 5 metre mural at Lusaka National Museum, depicting a typical Zambian village scene. Two paintings at the Catholic Church’s Marian Shrine depict a contextual life of Jesus.  Other of his works are in private collections. 

As curator at Lechwe Trust Art Gallery, Alex is responsible for making sure the outstanding heritage collection is reachable to learners, instructors and art lovers.  His role also includes networking with art galleries around the region and abroad.

Andrew Chifita ~ Gallery Administrative Assistant

Andrew Chifita is a diploma holder in Computer Studies from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in Lusaka. He also holds Technician Certificates in electronics and electrical engineering. Though trained as an information technology specialist he has a great passion for art and interacts with artists in Zambia and abroad.

Andrew has more than 15 years’ experience in visual art administration and has worked as Gallery Administrator at Twaya Art Gallery, Intercontinental Hotel Lusaka from 2003 to 2013. He has alwso worked for Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) as District Technical Support Officer in Mpika for 3 years

Some of the organisations supported over the years include: Mpapa Gallery, Zintu Arts and Crafts Foundation, Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, Zambia National Visual Arts Council, Choma Museum, Lusaka National Museum, Copperbelt Museum in Ndola, MotoMoto Museum in Mbala, Mbile and Insaka International Artists’ Workshops.
Lechwe Trust has awarded short-term grants for artists to attend workshops and residencies within Zambia and abroad; and has also supported upcoming artists by supplying art materials and assisting them with framing and costs for exhibitions.
Lechwe Trust has sponsored four talented artists for Fine Art degrees – three to the UK and one to Namibia. Two of them subsequently obtained their Masters degrees.  Godfrey Setti, Patrick Mumba, William Miko, and Elisha Zulu all returned home to make major contributions to the development of the visual arts, which is very rewarding for Lechwe Trust and for Zambia.

The Aims and Objectives of Lechwe Trust are:

to promote and encourage the visual arts in Zambia and provide assistance and encouragement to Zambian artists to further their artistic education by:

  • promoting artistic knowledge and an arts training programme in Zambia
  • providing scholarships in Zambia and abroad for talented Zambian artists
  • purchasing or commissioning works of art to be displayed in public places
  • supporting and encouraging individuals/groups to work toward the promotion of the visual arts in Zambia and the preservation and display of the material culture of Zambia; “the visual arts” include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, contemporary and traditional crafts
  • promoting and financing exhibitions in Zambia and the sub-region and abroad

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