About Lechwe Trust

Lechwe Trust was formed as a charitable trust in Zambia in 1986. Its Founding Members were:

Cynthia Zukas, MBE

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Cynthia was born in 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Cape Town University.  Cynthia arrived in Zambia in 1965 and became involved in the country’s cultural and artistic movement including: Art Centre Foundation, Mpapa Gallery, National Museums Board, Zambia National Arts Council. In 1986 she became Chairperson of Lechwe Trust.  In 2000, Cynthia was the winner of the National Arts Council “Ngoma award for outstanding contribution in the development of the visual arts”. In 2011, she received the Mama Julia Chikamuneka Award for "recognition of commitment to a just society". In 2012 she received an MBE award for “promoting visual arts in Zambia” and being “instrumental in creating an historical archive of Zambian art spanning more than 50 years.” Cynthia is a practicing painter and printmaker.

Bente Lorenz 1922 – 2011

Bente was born in 1922, Denmark.  She studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, and worked in Copenhagen and London in graphics, textiles and ceramics before moving to Africa.  In 1995, she established a ceramic studio in Harare, Zimbabwe; later moving her workshop to Lusaka, Zambia, where she met Cynthia Zukas and served with her on many art-related committees.  Bente worked with Zambian women to make pots in the traditional way, which were then glazed and fired. As a founding member of Lechwe Trust, Bente brought her vast knowledge of art, her impeccable judgment and her wisdom. She was an active member all her life and was much loved by artists and committee members.

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Henry Tayali 1943 – 1987

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Henry was born in 1943, in Serenje District, Zambia.  Henry attended Mzilikazi Art Centre in Zimbabwe. Thereafter, in 1967, he graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Makerere University in Uganda; followed by an MA degree from Staatiliche Kunstakademic in Dusseldorf Germany. On his return to Zambia, Henry became resident artist and research fellow at the University of Zambia in Lusaka.  As an active artist and art advocate, Henry worked and served on many committees including Department of Cultural Services.  In 1986, as Zambia’s top artist and Chairman of the Art Centre Foundation, Henry joined Cynthia and Bente to found the Lechwe Trust, where he guided the drafting of the ‘aims and objectives’ and provided valuable advice on the processes of giving grants.  Henry died tragically young in 1987.


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:

  • to promote artistic knowledge and an arts training programme in Zambia
  • to provide scholarships in Zambia and abroad for talented Zambian artists
  • to purchase or commission works of art to be displayed in public places
  • to support and encourage individuals/groups working 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
  • to promote and finance exhibitions in Zambia and the sub-region and abroad

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 Bwalya 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.

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Godfrey Setti, Mother and Children, 1987, pastel sketch, 39cm x 29cm

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.

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.

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, and the Mbile and Insaka International Artists’ Workshops.


 

Some Important Highlights

2013 – exhibition of donation by Royal Netherlands Embassy of 17 artworks

2012 – exhibition and reception on the occasion of Cynthia S Zukas, Chairperson obtaining Member of British Empire (MBE) award in recognition of her work in Lechwe Trust for Zambian art

2010- 2012 Fransisco Nyamatoka, Art Teachers Diploma, Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce

2010 – exhibition of Lechwe Trust collection, Lusaka National Museum; publication of definitive catalogue "Lechwe Trust, the art collection"

2009 – "Art Lives On" exhibition

2008 – print workshop with Agnes Yombwe, Wayi Wayi Gallery and Studio, Livingstone

Display of finished prints

Display of finished prints

2003 – 2007 Elisha Zulu, University of Namibia

2002 – Kabasa Hand Tools Sculpture Workshop with Flinto Chandia

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Workshop participants trying new techniques

2000 – exhibition of Lechwe Trust Collection; purchase of 20ft container

1998 – 2000 Patrick Mweemba, MA diploma by correspondence course, ICS International School of Art, USA

1997 – 2000 William Bwalya Miko, Middlesex University, UK (full scholarship)

1997 – etching workshop with Visual Arts Council, Lusaka

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Cynthia Zukas at etching press

       

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Etching Workshop, some finished prints

1990 – 94 Patrick Mumba, Slade School of Art, London University, UK (part-scholarship)

1988 – 89 Godfrey Setti to Reading University (half-scholarship); MA at Rhodes University, RSA (full scholarship).

1988 – 89 Godfrey Setti to Reading University (half-scholarship); MA at Rhodes University, RSA (full scholarship).
1989 – Patrick Mweemba and Shadreck Simukanga to London for an exhibition of Zambian Art at the Africa Centre.
1989 – building extension to Henry Tayali Hall
1990 – Lutanda Mwamba, Reading University (part-scholarship)
1990 – 94 Patrick Mumba, Slade School of Art, London University, UK (part-scholarship)
1993 – assistance to five Zambian artists on British Council six-week course at Wimbledon College of Art
1993 – exhibition "Henry Tayali Retrospective" at Mpapa Gallery
1996 – Lusaka National Museum opening exhibition
1997 – etching workshop with Visual Arts Council, Lusaka
1997 – 2000 William Bwalya Miko, Middlesex University, UK (full scholarship)
1998 – 2000 Patrick Mweemba, MA diploma by correspondence course, ICS International School of Art, USA
1999 – Zamntambi Children's Workshop
2000 – exhibition of Lechwe Trust Collection; purchase of 20ft container
2002 – donation of TV and VCR to Art Department, Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce
2002 – Kabasa Hand Tools Sculpture Workshop with Flinto Chandia

2003 – 2007 Elisha Zulu, University of Namibia
2005 – donation of computer to Lusaka National Museum
2006 – exhibition at Copperbelt Museum, Ndola
2007 – Lister Bwalya, exam fees Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce
2008 – print workshop with Agnes Yombwe, Wayi Wayi Gallery and Studio, Livingstone
2008 – Lusaka National Museum Children's Art Club
2008 - Gift Nondo, Art Teachers Diploma, Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce (final year)
2009 – 2011 Angela Ninda, Art Teachers Diploma, Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce
2009 – "Art Lives On" exhibition
2010 – exhibition of Lechwe Trust collection, Lusaka National Museum; publication of definitive catalogue "Lechwe Trust, the art collection"
2010- 2012 Fransisco Nyamatoka, Art Teachers Diploma, Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce
2012 – Elisha Zulu, restoration of Henry Tayali mural at Motomoto Museum, Mbala
2012 – exhibition and reception on the occasion of Cynthia S Zukas, Chairperson obtaining Member of British Empire (MBE) award in recognition of her work in Lechwe Trust for Zambian art
2013 – exhibition of donation by Royal Netherlands Embassy of 17 artwork
2013 – purchase of 40ft container