I greet you all that have taken time to sneak into my journey becoming a significant part of it in both color and words. Time does really fly and keeping up with the speed is never easy. Remaining thankful to whats available is key for sure. I have answered confidently on number of occasions of where i see my art going or what i would like to achieve with it. Indeed i have set such high standards for myself that have taken me places both good and bad. My dream is to run a gallery and after my University it grew to much more that just that.
Structuring a vision was my last post and keeps flowing into this and a few to come. Now that the stakes are a little higher than before considering how much time has passed, i have learnt that it is one thing saying it and another doing it. I feel the relationship between these two is rather fascinating. One side you have a spoken word whose power cannot be underestimated regardless of how hard it is. On the other hand you have the practical side which is rather hard.
I am blessed to have the passion and have realized that time is such a resource that should not be underestimated. I did mention the need for artists to come on board. Yes they are supposed to be on board to get 2012 into perspective while looking forward to 2013. I did indeed interview some artists a few weeks ago and was impressed by their response to the idea of working together as a team. Of the four, one was retained at the gallery to have a closer look and get to know him. Long story short i have come to discover or better still i have been reminded of myself trying to find my feet in the Art world. His attitude despite the talent, has rubbed off and watered down most of the expectations we all at the Creations had for him. His excuses of missing important projects has become a norm and come in packages as it really rained and i could not make it. Well the last project at the American embassy last Friday was the last straw. He is now on a week long suspension from the gallery to aid is thought line on what he really wants.
I am always on the look out for the right people to work with and they do not have to be perfect. We just have to share a passion for work and making a difference and clearly that has turned out to be the most stunning test. I am blessed to have Reagan the framer and administrator of the gallery. The company is finding it's wings little by little with the board of directors taking shape. The pending inclusion of three more to make a five member board is timely.
Yes it is hard to recognize disappointments as a step towards a specific direction. Challenges can easily be classified as a step back or no go area. But clearly here at the creations, yes we need money humanly speaking. But with more people coming on board with new ideas and shared passion, it will only take us into the right direction. We intend to open our selves up to reveal our best qualities in hope that whatever opportunity comes our way, there are enough spaces to absorb and utilize for the best of many around us and our country.
Hope this causes you to share with a friend and to be inspired. Till next time le
I greet you all with pleasure knowing that your effort to find time reading my blog is something i do not take for granted. Here i am again making the most of what is available to me. I hope it does cause you to think and also update you about whats happening in my creative world. This directly streams out of my last blog post THE JOURNEY OF AN ARTIST ENTREPRENEUR. My journey,just like any other started some where with one little step after the other. This was obviously followed by one fall here and one fall there. Some times mum was on cue to pick me up and some other times, she couldn't. Sometimes i cried out so loud to get her attention and sometimes it did not hurt that much for me to be bothered. Now i do not remember a thing about such detail but it is only normal for any one raised by a mother to go through such a stage in somewhat similar fashion.
The birth of a vision does not differ much especially with dreams involved. Like we all have some identical parterns when growing up.We obviously experience similar frustrations trying to achieve our dreams and probably make a difference through what we are passionate about. Now i am passionate about so many things that include Music Sports, Cars, Dancing you name it. One thing though that is dear to my heart is art in various forms but also celebrating it through initiatives that inspire and bring meaning to life. I find it to be a unique therapy tool that enhances ones outlook towards whats beautiful and whats worth living for.
My vision is clear and has been only in words and speech up until now. The speed at which i expected to have established so much as per all the dreams i have had is not one that any Human would appreciate. My understanding about why this is the case surely lies in my latest achievement.
The decision to recruit upcoming visual artists has begun taking shape and indeed is making all the difference. I have identified four artists, whose willingness to work under our management as a company and Artist foundation is certainly going to grant us much needed dynamism that will affect the quality of our work.
I plan on introducing them as the Journey of an Artist Entrepreneur unfolds before you on this blog. This will reveal the structure of the Vision and how it is growing as like minded people passionate about social responsibility with creativity coming to the fore.
Till next time let me hope you share this piece of information with a friend relative associate you name it and who knows what could come of it.
Regards Ludigo Andrew Salema
As a little boy i always felt excited at the sight of blank white pages and sharp pencils. Erasers too came in handy and this brought me to life in my little world. Every line impatiently put together brought such anxiety almost as if someone was watching over my shoulders in much more anticipation.
Boy no more yet the stakes are even higher. It took awhile for my drawings to get color as role models were hard to come by in the art world. I sometimes felt like the only artist or the best there was. Indeed i was my biggest fan not to mention my dear mother who did not need to say much for me notice her pride. Her silence confused me at times but most times became a driving force for me to discover how proud she would feel project after project.
Raised in a culture whose focus on art is minimal yet oozing with cultural diversity, one is left confused at why then such potential is not tapped into. The journey is surely gaining momentum and professionalism is inevitable with this same culture evolving into a dynamic and well informed one as creativity and need for local enterprises becomes the focus.
As a visual artist together with many in this trade our mandate is diverse. We ought to have passion, drive name it and most of all vision for without it people perish. We communicate in a way that might not draw crowds but one that would specifically bring change. We communicate with such intensity that words might not deeply avail reason. The revelation of mood, character and personality clearly brought to the fore in shapes and color remains our identity or signature.
One though as to build a carrier and putting a price after such a transition from perception, expression to execution. I have sold a few but enjoyed my time in studio much more. I feel that selling art has developed me in many ways and I do not regret much about the direction I chose to take. The price is high and much as I don't like to consider myself as this, yes I am an entrepreneur. This is only a preview, there is more to come as I share this journey and lessons learn t
It could either be one of the loneliest experiences,and inspiring as well for an artist. Trying to start a new project does have it's challenges. I am am a unique case i should say. I work in 3 different places call them studios. I do my acrylic painting at home,my printmaking in a separate place which used to be our old family home and my drawings at the framing studio in the city which doubles as a gallery.
I am currently working on an exciting project that promises more color in it's hottest. I feel a great desire to be liberated and evolve into a combination impressionism and clear imagination. I know that through this experience a lot of me will grow into something different that should inspire my audience. I have gone through some unique experiences that have surely shaped me into the artist i am and one i ought to be.
The journey i am on is much more exciting with the audience you have all been and should take us all places to that i hope to have. I believe my strength drawing and evolving into color feels like peeling new layers.
Look up my upcoming new collection and would like to hear your comments as a new journey beckons. I will keep you posted for sure, i should be exhibiting locally in the next few months too which makes this all experience even more exciting.
This years Laba Street art Festival was under the theme LIBERATION.ARTS.PARTICIPATION. Quite an open one with a driven purpose to streamline the basic role of arts in general. A one day event on the arts calender has grown in stature over the years and has propelled many to heights anew. The strength of an artist lies in how much criticism they can take and still remain in the game undeterred. A sense of identity and self worth is regenerated in just hours of showcasing works. Lessons are learn t as response to new creations either generate raving reviews or nothing at all.
Yours truly had something new to sample on the day and with renewed sense of liberation and participation, as per the theme I could not wait to see the reaction from the people in their thousands.
I was honored to be on the organizing committee for the second year running. I do take much pleasure in such responsibility for in there lies a chance to grow and become aware of the impact of artists to the community. This year was as exciting as ever especially with the Kampala Capital Authority on board. This gave us a chance to get the festival started a few days before the actual date. Artists were mobilized to paint dust bins to raise awareness about cleanliness. This activity was driven to highlight the location of the bins which were all provided by the Authority. check out the int
It is high time for the festival to branch out into the community to bring alive the people an enhance creativity through inspiring innovations. This year's edition has certainly proved that a step forward into that direction is crucial and only time will tell. Check out the pictures on my page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ludigo-Andrew-Salema/186268841432909
The year of Jubilee brings about optimism, as a Christian its new beginnings, debts are council-ed, and prisoners are freed. The optimism among Ugandans young and old is infectious. Everyone's faith has doubled amidst bleak circumstances that include high inflation and corruption that has become a song which tops the charts on both non professional and professional musicians alike.
Ludigo Creations has achieved a land mark making a year already and four month
I look back at the year 2011 and with so much pride of what has been achieved. I made a decision to take on more responsibility as an artist and grow by taking leaps of faith. I knew it was never going to be an easy road by following my dreams and aligning myself to vision rather than just paint and sell. It would be sacrifice on my part and with much needed support from many of you that have found time to check out this website, place coments, share it on twitter and facebook and also placing an order. Sending in advice and offering free consultancy has been spectacular. Will spare you all the background info especially with much available on here with every page. The Jury is obviousl still out on how much effort has been put in to live upto what Ludigocreations is all about.
What has been learnt?
That i could be the leader and the brain behind what we are doing, how we sell it, and more so when to spend and what to spend on. This does not entirely mean that am knowledgable about everyone of these sensitive responsibilities. It calls for teamwork and mobilisation.Through continued sharing the vision is what it will take for this social enterprise to become a formidable entity in fulfilling its potential.
Goal for this; looking out for creative yet well driven individuals and with willingness to learn and share their knowledge in regards to making strategic planning.I have a craving to continue producing high quality work from drawings, paintings and printmakes as well as reaching out to young people to inspire them using the arts. I can only do it at another level acceptable enough once individuals in this category comes on board to be an administrator. If there is any one out there. Or if you have anyone passionate about social enterprise and the arts please forward them our details.
Where are we right now? We are at a stable position capable of paying the bills and material for new art works. We are not capable enough to reach out in comunity as per our core vallues due to financial constraints being our first year in business at this level. The Studio/gallery has given us local and international exposure but requires more experienced personel in selling it out to ensure growth and stability in every investment made.
Achievements; Despite financial constraints nationally and internationally and with soring inflations Ludigo Creations Studio/gallery has managed to float in such a not so good circumstances. We have learnt so much, enough to remain optimistic.
We have formed short term partnerships that remain the benchmark of how bigger ones can be achieved.
We managed to get an intern from the Biggest University in Uganda in our first year and he trully excelled too.
We have managed to showcase our work in three separate events with one being at the American Embassy.
We represent two impressive artists too who have managed to add much needed presence and sales too.
We have also managed to work on two new products that and launch one with the other to be launched next year.
we have still reached out to the community with Kampala kids club.
Picture and photo Framing have been major in making the local image blossom regardless of national tragedies in form of riots and demostrations.
We have still managed to retain an international presence with products especially cards and paintings selling mostly in Australia, America and Hong Kong.
I have also managed to travel to Hong Kong as a continued strategy in looking out for new contacts and ideas. In this it can only be stablished how much comes of this trip come next Month.
A great thank you to everyone associated to Ludigo creations in every way. Not forgetting the great buddies i have to work with day in and day out. Reagan, Shai, Polo, Hamza and support from Moses, Amos and every single friend. And how can i forget my international mates, Heather and the rest of the Brookes. Rebecca Plumb and her family Joane Lam goodness the list is endless.We are blessed to have so many folowing our every step. We celebrate a year knowing that all was possble by God's grace and you for such kindness and faith in all we do. May God richly bless you this Christmas and even propell you to new hieghts the coming ye
Embarking on an art career is such an experience that comes along with so much responsibility, having a vision on the other hand that involves engaging the community without a budget in place takes a lot of faith. It is no excuse for not having been on here for such a long time. If my last post had an auto delete, I think it would be hard to remember what it was about. Any way here I come again to update you on how far the business as well as the vision has gone. But before I even get straight to the point, am sure the economic situation has become a global language and watching so many major economies going through hard times so unimaginable from America the dream destination of so many, Greece, this morning the Italian Prime Minister trying to reassure his people of the prospects ahead and goodness one banana in Australia costs $4 unbelievable. This is an economy that is listed stable and obviously the Horn of Africa going through the worst drought ever, coming home Sugar prices are to blame for the death of a poor old lady who suffered a heart failure on finding out that a kg now costs $2 I could go on and on.
Every one seems to have their own prediction about numerous prospects that could be the redemption of world economies. I prefer to say that regardless of how paranoid or anxious we are getting, we are all affected and this is not about what political affiliation you are. This massive frying pan is roasting us in the painful spots. I have had my share of challenges that I won't bother you with just because I have a platform. I prefer progress regardless of all adversity for the vision I have as an artist is not up to me. God surely has a way for it to unfold at his timing and am glad that there is registered growth.
Ludigo Creations has endured numerous challenges and yet has come through to expand from just a place to buy paintings, prints and frames to a net work that you can order online. As a platform of expression for young and driven people we were happy to open our doors to the first intern Matovu Ibrahim from Makerere University Kampala. With him numerous projects have been done, all aimed at rebranding. Like all young, naive but driven individuals Matovu has grown in confidence week in week out. His commitment towards learning is quite an asset and was timely too having had to lose Mpoza Allan along the way. He has played such a significant role in executing all the design concepts put to him under considerable direction yet with room enough for him to freely express himself as an evolving designer. With him, there is a new product available in form of T-shirts with two of the designs already out and a lot more to go into print as this project gets to a sustainable level. I have had to put almost all my community involvement on hold which brings me so much sadness even if I know well enough that it that would require finances generated from the business. The lessons learnt at the moment could be the recipe for so many challenges ahead with not so much money moving around in form of donations to community projects supported and run by Ludigo Creations. The only option left is a sustainable model that will be a double edged sword for fights at hand and ahead.
This season is so far the best since we opened back in December. Operating an art business in the centre of the Kampala city in such an economical situation with inflation rising to as much as 17.8% is remarkable. Much should not be taken for granted and thanks to all of you out there that have supported us in every way. You may not have bought anything from us yet but your prayers, advice connections as well reading everything written on this website is humbling. Commenting on our new products both on facebook and twitter is encouraging. Some of you have even recommended us to prospective buyers and travelers please keep doing it. Some of you have donated money and paints for the full benefit of what the vision is all about and also made a stop at the Creations house in Kampala. Free consultancy has come in handy and to many that sing our praises to your friends and family words enough cannot do but continued prayers that you be blessed for forwarding this ripple across to the world that is hurting and craving for color in a time of economical confusion.
It has been awhile since I came on here, so much has happened the past few weeks. I would like to first of all thank everybody that made it to the annual LABA Street art festival. It is kind of belated considering it happened right at the begining of this month but still your presence especially in our tent is something we do not take for granted. As an artist i try my best to grow through every experience good and bad because through each, marks of reference for the future are birthed. This year's edition was quite a spectacle that has left such a beautiful taste as plans for the future become more exciting. Each year artists increase in number, displaying better work. A mark of growth and improvision that comes in handy knowing that time is in short supply as everybody seeks to impress the audience in just a day. This is surely the beauty with in for such a challenge.
Gracing the occassion everyone represented.
The Uganda cranes vs Ginea Bissau was one of our concerns but knowing that Nambole cannot carry all of Uganda no matter how patriotic, it became rather aparent that a fair share of the crouds attended making all those fears unfounded. I mean we were all hoping and praying that the Cranes would do us proud and using one stone to hit two birds became the end result of the day to the joy of everybody.
A tribute to all that have chosen to remain creative and utilise their gifts to the full benefit of others. A tribute to those whose willingness to use such a platform knowing that strategic partnerships will lift them to heights a new as dreams come true. The beauty of a dream, It’s a vent for all the aspirations that keep building up turning fantasies into tangible goals colored by twists and turns and determined by faith as ones growth in stature is out lined by determination to beat all the odds. A journey for most of these artists begins in small crapy studios and becomes a landmark for many that appreciate beauty for thats precisely what this country and world in general is looking for. Not for the faint hearted but those whose colorful pallets will will liberate hearts and minds with creativety for a meaningful difference. I journey on, join me and i promise, this adventure is for a difference.
The 5th Annual LaBa! Street Art Festival is here again and with this year’s edition, much much bigger. Over eighty five artists from painters, sculptors, fashion designers to mention but a few as well as performing artists are expected to grace this awesome occasion. This year’s theme is “365… days of celebrating art” and is bound to reveal how art affects us all throughout the year. In every aspect of our life there is a creative force that regulates our decision making for example, what to wear and on what occasion, what color to paint on what wall and the list goes on and on. The food we eat and all the different recipes aided by numerous advertising ideas that make such a difference in what we end up buying. As a child I was quite picky on what shoes I wore and this was simply because of the fun Bata advertising making it a house hold brand and there was no way I could accept any less. I don’t have to break down all the details as to how the shape of the shoe in relation to how whichever advertising agency made this such an appealing product. Young as I was my sense of style was building up and over the years shaped me into the person I am.
What a chance for every exhibitor to experience an occasion that will bring an all new understanding between him or her and the audience. My introduction to this stage was two years ago and was rather hard for me to imagine what good would come out of it. Being a Sunday, and with only a few people walking though different stalls, was rather discouraging. Little did I know that in this, lay a lesson that would literally change my entire perspective about this occasion. There was for the second time last year and I know that based on that experience my confidence as an artist has improved a lot. This year is my third time and I cannot wait. LaBa! is about bringing art closer to people, engaging the audience through different creative ways from installations to performances as well. The audience gets a chance on such a big stage to interact with the artists and also purchase products at an affordable price. It is also a family day where families come together to witness numerous creatively done works that literally inspire youngsters as well as educate them. LaBa! Reveals that art is not for only for a selected few and promises yet again another celebration of creativity and passion through wonderful innovations.
Interactive activities at last year's edition.
Ugandan artists have realized how important they are for the social benefit of their country. Through numerous organizations art is now used to promote a sense of freedom and also allow children to be children. Numerous creative projects that improve on the self esteem in both performing arts and visual arts through organizations like Teens Uganda www.teensuganda.org , of which I coordinate the creative arts projects will also be exhibiting. The need for the arts to be applied in lives of young people and the community is the future of this Nation. Your presence will add much needed color and encourage me and my colleagues to continue doing what we do best for the future of this Nation which is craving for creative and visionary individuals in every sector. Cheers and blessings see you there.