Nafasi Art Space is a centre for visual and performing contemporary art in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Its aims to be the leading Contemporary Art in Tanzania that provides a platform for artists through development, production and entrepreneurship in the Visual Arts by providing training, exchange and exhibition of contemporary arts locally, regionally and beyond.
Nafasi Art Space has been set up with the support of the Danish Government. It is one of its kind and filled up a much needed space for contemporary artists with a strong focus on visual art world in Tanzania to work, train, exchange, and show their work and talents to the world. It gives opportunity for professional and upcoming artists to meet and for the audience to experience art. Nafasi is supported by the European Union, HIVOS, Danish Embassy, CKU and Vipaji Foundation.
Nafasi is situated at a large industrial plot in Mikocheni B, on the terrain of a former factory. Nafasi has built 32 studios in the old warehouse and within our large plot. Nafasi is hosting currently 60 artist members who work in their studios and can exhibit in the gallery space. Nafasi organizes for them workshops, artists in residencies and art talks for the member artists. Next to the visual arts Nafasi has space for musicians, dancers and theatre makers who practice and perform at Nafasi, to connect the different art disciplines.
Nafasi is also open to the public. We organize monthly events to get the public acquainted with visual art in Tanzania via exhibitions, public art workshops and performing art events. These are well attended and attract a mixed crowd from young and old, professionals and amateurs, Tanzanians and expatriates.