HISTORY OF LECHWE TRUST

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 in Zambia and preservation of Zambia's cultural heritage; to support and encourage art education in Zambia; and to promote exhibitions in Zambia.


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 who graduated with Fine Art degrees – three in UK and one in Namibia. Two of them went on to obtain Masters degrees. Artists such as Godfrey Setti, Patrick Mumba, William Miko, and Elisha Zulu have in turn made major contributions to the development of the visual arts, which is very rewarding for Lechwe Trust and for Zambia.


A number of promising young artists have been sponsored for their Art Teachers Diploma courses at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce. Having obtained their Diplomas, most of them are now teaching art in schools throughout the country.