Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University in Uganda provides the oldest institutionalized higher art education in East Africa, founded in 1937 by Margaret Trowell under British colonial rule. Subsequently a productive history of artistic creation has evolved throughout eventful times of political oppression and enormous social changes and challenges during the last century. Since its inauguration in 1969 the Makerere Art Gallery, located within the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, was able to accomplish an important and unique collection of art works. In addition, the exhibition space figures prominently in displaying works of national and international artists. Yet, the collection is affected by serious archival challenges compounded with acquisition and copyright uncertainties that put the conservation of the art works in jeopardy. The recognition of works fine art as objects of cultural heritage that are valuable and need to be preserved has just begun. It remains a challenge for an institution like Makerere University to carry forward heritage conservation, and raise awareness for the importance of culture and remembrance in a rapidly changing and developing society. To pursue this the Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration was founded in 2011. What is or can be the role of the visual arts in conceptions of heritage? Which objects enter the collection and how can the collection be made accessible to visitors and researchers now and in future, locally and to a wider public?
|Keywords:||Visual Arts, Uganda, Collection, Cultural Heritage, Makerere University|
Curator, Institute of Heritage, Conservation and Restoration, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
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