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Art Exhibition Ends At King George's Memorial Centre

Nov 20, 2009, 1:52 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Timbuktu Community College last Tuesday staged a one-day exhibition at the King George Memorial Fountain located at 22nd July square. The exhibition featured products made by young Gambian artist between the ages of 18-24 years, who recently completed 10 months intensive training program in the areas of drawing, painting, designing and broken tiles among others.

Speaking to Entertainment shortly after the opening of the exhibition, Alfusainey Gano, Project Coordinator said the reason for the exhibition was to encourage Gambian youths to take arts not only for business purposes but also as a career.

The objectives of the exhibition, he stated is to encourage up coming youths of the Gambia so that they would have more sensitivity observation and appreciate the beauty of arts. Mr Gano expressed his appreciation at the success of the painting exhibition, adding that it is part of contributing to national development.

He said the idea came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. This, according to him will help young people build up their capacity in different areas so that they can be good entrepreneurs. He added that when these products are sold, the money is going back to them to creat more employment opportunities.

Mr. Gano further explained that they are planning to develop a three-year exhibition plan, adding that the products made by his students will be sold and the profit will go back to the organisation. He went on to thanked the Foreign Ministry of Finland through the Cultural Association (Gepardi) for funding the exercise.

For her part, Fatou Camara, who spoke on behalf of the students commended Mr. Gano and his people for coming up with this wonderful idea. She stated that since she joined the exhibition as a student, she has learnt a lot. "I found it very interesting," she added. Ms Camara also thanked the Foreign Ministry of Finland through the Cultural Association (Gepardi) for their support. The exhibition also featured the display and selling of products.