A fine art gallery in a village is unheard of. Having worked at festivals, exhibitions and galleries worldwide, Samkela Stamper’s experience led her to discover the one thing she really wanted: to create change back home.
“Some of the best artists in the world come from rural areas, and yet there’s so little support for them,” she says. Inspired by her late grandmother’s legacy in the municipality of Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape, Stamper did the unthinkable.
Most children in townships who set out to be artists have no access to fine art. “There’s no art education in these areas,” Stamper says. “That’s why it’s important for me to go to the community and teach.”
Her youth was spent absorbing her grandmother’s powerful example. The family matriarch was a school inspector, dedicated to her community. “She taught me you can do something out of nothing,” Stamper says.