We have exactly one week before the 2017 Bank Windhoek Triennial judging commences. For the past three weeks we have been introducing the judges to you, here meet the fourth judge Ervast Mtota.
He is a Namibian artist and arts administrator, currently working as the Director of the Arts Directorate in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. Mtota obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Namibia (UNAM) in 2015. With a background in education, having attended a Teacher’s Training College in Ongwediva, and serving as the Education Officer for Arts Curriculum Development in Namibia among other projects and workshops, Mtota has contributed to the development of arts education in Namibia. With this experience in both arts curricula and visual arts and theory, Mtota has acted as an external examiner for the Visual Arts Department at UNAM. Mtota also served as the Principal of the College of the Arts. The artist-administrator-arts educator has presented many papers on arts education and visual culture in Namibia. His Master’s thesis investigated Socio-Political and Cultural Identity in the Visual Arts in Namibia: A study of transitional and Post-independent Namibian visual art, focusing on John Muafangejo, Joseph Madisia and Ndasuunje Shikongeni.
*photo contributed by the judge.