MASTERPIECE: One of the photographs
MASTERPIECE: One of the photographs

A renowned photographer, Stuart Arnold, was this week exhibiting his photographs and launching a book titled ‘Maun Bomma Mothers’ at Thapong Visual Arts Center in Gaborone.

Stuart, an award winning photographer in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Botswana, exhibited mainly photographs under the theme ‘Colour, Shades and Light; the creative impressions of Ngamiland.’ He showcased his work alongside Roger Brown and Ompatile Sebuelo.

Roger’s work is mainly oil paintings while Sebuelo’s work is ceramics made of clay he collects from Mmankgodi.

Officially launching the exhibition, the Coordinator of Thapong Visual Arts Reginald Bakwena said the exhibition creates dialogue between the three artists.

“One thing I observed in this exhibition is that all works are well thought out; artists organise the elements in a picture to create a harmony.

The artwork depicts the social life in Maun,” he observed.

Bakwena commended Stuart and the two artists for capturing everyday scenes in a forward thinking manner.


He said, “Their work provides an insight into thoughtful approach, while they investigate the idea of originality.”

Speaking at an event that The Voice co-sponsored with Ngami Toyota, Okavango Artists Association, Bon Arrivee Restaurant and Kgalagadi Breweries, Stuart said the exhibition came at an exciting time because it marks the launch of his book.

“All images are taken from Maun and this came at an impeccable time because I am launching my book in Gaborone.

The book is a snapshot of many people’s lives; women and children,” he said.

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