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.
Godfrey Setti passed away 20 years ago, aged 44. Godfrey was a prolific painter, leaving behind more than 300 pieces of art – some complete, some in sketch form, and others unfinished. During his short lifetime, Godfrey Setti exhibited his artworks widely, in Africa and internationally, and is represented in several public and private art collections, and in the Lechwe Trust’s own heritage collection. The artworks on display and on sale in this “Art Lives On III” retrospective exhibition at the Lechwe Trust Art Gallery, is wide-ranging in subject matter and symbolism: thought-provoking imagery of an art legacy and contribution to humankind.
Akex Nkazi ~ Curator
Alex Nkazi was a teacher of art from 1982 to 2018. He was privileged to be the first art teacher at Matero 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 also worked for Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) as District Technical Support Officer in Mpika for 3 years
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.