Name: Venny Mary Nakazibwe
Nationality: Ugandan
Tel: +256-414-531423
Mob: +256-772-517-251
Email: deputyprincipal@cedat.mak.ac.ug,
vnakazibwe@sifa.mak.ac.ug, vnakazibwe@yahoo.com

 

1.0 ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2005: Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, Middlesex University, London UK

Thesis Title: Bark-cloth of the Baganda People of Southern Uganda: A Record of Continuity and

Change from the Late-Eighteenth Century to the Early Twenty-First Century.

1997: Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PDGE), Makerere University.

1995: Master of Arts in Fine Art (M. A. Fine Art), Makerere University                                                   Thesis Title and Title of Exhibition: A Survey on the Principles and Techniques of Decorative Fabric Design. 1989: Bachelor of Art in Fine Art, Second Class – Upper Division Makerere University

 

Fellowships and Distinguished Awards:

  • 2007: Recipient of the Roy Sieber Dissertation Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) for outstanding PhD dissertation in African Art History, University of Florida, USA.
  • 2002: Recipient of Makerere University Staff Development Grant to undertake doctoral research.
  • 2001: Recipient of the UNESCO Pilot African Academic Exchange Programme Fellowship to undertake research on: The Influence of Design in the development of Sustainable Craft-Enterprises in Western Cape Province, Cape Technikon, South Africa.

2.0 WORK EXPERIENCE

2014 – Present Deputy Principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University
2010 – 2013 Dean, The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
2007 – 2010 Deputy Dean, The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
2007 – Present: Senior Lecturer in Textile Design, and Art and Design History, The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
1997 – 2007: Lecturer in Textile Design, The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
1992 – 1997: Teaching Assistant, The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
1989 – 1992: Graphic Designer – Halda Uganda Limited, Kampala Uganda

3.0 EXHIBITIONS /PUBLICATIONS

 

3.1 Joint Exhibition in a reputable International Gallery

2010: Joint Art Exhibition (Thupelo 2010), Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town SA  

2001: ‘Uganda-Sweden’ joint art exhibition by Ugandan and Swedish Women artists, Fregatten Cultural Center, Stennungsund- Sweden

 

3.2 i) Solo Exhibition in a reputable International Gallery

1997: ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity: Greetings from Uganda’, The Fabric workshop and Museum, Philadelphia PA, USA

 

3.2 ii) Exhibitions in reputable National Art Galleries:

  • 2011: Women’s Day Group Exhibition, Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala,   March 8th.
  • 2011: ‘Different BUT One – 15’ joint art exhibition by the academic staff of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
  • 2008: ‘Different BUT One – 12’ joint art exhibition by the academic staff of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
  • 2007: ‘Different BUT One – 11’ joint art exhibition by the academic staff of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.
  • 2007: ‘Women’s Day Joint Art Exhibition’, Makerere Art Gallery
  • 2006: ‘Different BUT One – 10’ joint art exhibition by the academic staff of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Makerere Art Gallery.
  • 2002: ‘Educate the Girl Child’ joint art exhibition, Nommo Gallery
  • 1999: ‘Different BUT One 3’ joint art exhibition by academic staff of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial & Fine Arts, Makerere University, Makerere Art Gallery.
  • 1996: ‘Different BUT One 1’ joint art exhibition by the academic staff of the Margaret Trowell
  • 1995: School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University.  ‘Women on the Move’ joint art exhibition to mark the 4th Beijing Conference on Women, Makerere Art Gallery.
  • 1995: ‘Artistically Speaking Women’ joint art exhibition, Gallery Café, Kampala.
  • 1993: Solo Art Exhibition of the research outcomes of my Masters Project entitled ‘A Survey on the Principles and Techniques of Decorative Fabric Design’, Makerere Art Gallery.
  • 1991 – 1992: Participated in several joint art exhibitions organized by the Uganda Artists Association.
  • Final-Year Art Exhibition for my undergraduate examinations, The Margaret Trowell School of Fine Art, Makerere University.                                                                                    June 1989

 

3.2 iii) Monumental work/Major Commissions/ Public Collections

September 2007 Designed and printed promotional material for the 25th Annual Conference of the Network towards Unity for Health hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University
2006 Designed and printed promotional material for the International Congress on Ethics hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Makerere University
2002 Designed and printed conference promotional material for the 8th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women hosted by the Department of Women and Gender Studies Makerere University.
2001 Designed the Visitor’s gown, Vice Chancellor’s gown, and Academic Registrar’s gown, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
2000 Designed and printed furnishing fabric (table linen) for Sheraton Kampala Hotel
2000 Designed Visitors gown, Vice Chancellor’s gown, and Academic Registrar’s gown, Institute of Teacher Education Nagongera
1999 Designed Visitors gown, Vice Chancellor’s gown, and Academic Registrar’s gown, Nkumba University
1995 Designed the Visitor’s gown, Vice Chancellor’s gown, and Academic Registrar’s gown, Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo
1995 Designed Visitors gown, Vice Chancellor’s gown, and Academic Registrar’s gown, Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo

Some of my work in private and public collection

  • Fabrics and Mono-prints in the collection of Sankaranka Gallery, New York Brooklyn, USA
  • Decorative Fabric design, Makerere Art Gallery
  • Painting, Makerere University Council Room
  • Paintings in the private collection of Michael Burkard, Switzerland
  • Mono-prints in the Kulturhuset Fregatten, Stennungsund, Sweden
  • Fabric Design, Sheraton Kampala Hotel
  • Fabric Design, United States Information Agency, Kampala

4.0 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. ‘Dress and Fashion in Uganda’, Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 1. Berg Publishers 2010.
  2. ‘Challenges of Curriculum Development for Design Education in Africa’, in FLUX: Design Education in a Changing World, 5th DEFSA International Conference Proceedings published online at http://www.defsa.org.za/2007conference/documents/papers/venny Nakazibwe.pdf.
  3. ‘Appropriation of Bark-cloth of the Baganda in Contemporary Art Practice’, ACASA 14th Triennial Conference Proceedings published online at http://www.hnet.org/artsweb/acasa/acasa.html

5.0 RESEARCH

2009- 2010 Coordinator, Educational Partnerships in Africa Project ‘Knowledge Transfer in Design Education for Creative Enterprises in East Africa’, a British Council funded project between Makerere University, Kenyatta University and Northumbria University UK
2008 Co-ordinator, ‘Nokia Only Planet Project Uganda’, an International Design and Research Project between Nokia Corporation Finland and Makerere University.
2007-2008 Co- researcher on the use of Art and Craft in Exposing Messages for Promoting Sensitization and Awareness about HIV/AIDS Challenges, under the England Africa Partnership in Higher Education. Title of Research Project: ‘Design, Health and Community’, a collaborative research between University of Northumbria – New Castle UK, the Durban University of Technology, South Africa, and Makerere University.
2001 -2005 Carried out and successfully completed doctoral research on the transformation in the design, functions and cultural meaning of bark-cloth of the Baganda of Southern Uganda    Thesis Title: ‘Bark-cloth of the Baganda: A Record of Continuity and Change from the Late Eighteenth Century to the Early Twenty-First Century’. Successfully defended in June 2005
2001 – 2004 Participated in field research activities for the British funded Higher Education Link Projects between Middlesex University and Makerere University on ‘Appropriate Design Education for Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development’ and   ‘Design Development, Entrepreneurship for Craftswomen in Textile Design Practice in Wakiso and Kampala Districts’
2001 – 2002 Co-researcher ‘Application, Production, Improvement of Local Art and Crafts’ (APILAC) in Uganda, a joint research project under the Makerere I@Mak research programme.
2000 – 2001 Principal researcher ‘Comparative Position of Crafts in the Western Cape: The Impact of Design in Enhancing Sustainable Craft Enterprises’, a research was carried out under the UNESCO Pilot African Academic Exchange Fellowship Programme, Cape Town, South Africa.
1993-1995 ‘A Survey on the Principles and Techniques of Decorative Fabric Design’, MA (Fine Art) theoretical and practice-based studio research and guide-book, Makerere University.

6.0 PAPERS PRESENTED

November 2009

‘Contemporary Art Practice in Uganda’, Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden,

1st – 4th July 2009 ‘Bark-cloth making in Uganda: The Renaissance of a Historical Tradition’, Symposium on African Anthropology, 2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival, Algiers, 1st – 4th July 2009.
April 2008 ‘Historical and Contemporary Significance of the Material Culture of Bark-cloth in Uganda’, a joint paper presentation during the Design, Health and Community Colloquium held at the School of Design, Northumbria University, UK.
October 2007 ‘Challenges of Curriculum Development in Design Education’, a paper presented at the 5th Design Education Forum for Southern Africa (DEFSA) International Conference, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa
September 2007 ‘Reflecting on African Textiles and Fashion: Opportunities and Challenges in the Twenty-First Century’, a paper presented at the 11th Sanlam South Africa Fashion Week, Johannesburg South Africa.
August 2007 ‘Reflective Quality Audit in Higher Education’, a paper presented at a symposium on Quality Assurance, Nkumba University, Entebbe – Uganda
April 2007 ‘Appropriation of Olubugo (Bark-cloth) of the Baganda in Contemporary Art Practice’, a paper presented at the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) Fourteenth Symposium on African Art, University of Florida- Gainesville, USA
February 2007 ‘Bark-cloth of the Baganda: Traditions of Use and Meaning’, a public lecture at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa
September 2006 ‘Integrating Design in the Development Programmes of Developing Countries: Challenges and Possibilities in Uganda’, a public lecture at the Design for Development Lekgotla 2006, the SABS Design Institute, Pretoria, South Africa
April 2006 ‘The Role of Design Education in Developing Countries’, a public lecture, Nkumba University, Entebbe – Uganda

7.0 OTHER PROFESSIONAL /CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

 

  • Leadership and Management Training for Senior University Managers, Imperial Resort Beach Hotel Entebbe (August 2010).
  • Workshop on Intellectual Property, facilitated by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Makerere University (August 2010).
  • Thupelo Triangle International Artists Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2010.
  • Reflective Learning Workshop on Positive Thinking Positive Performance and Positive Pedagogy, Makerere University (April 2010).
  • Team Workshop on ‘Knowledge Transfer in Design Education for Creative Enterprises in East Africa’ under the Educational Partnerships in Africa Project, a British Council funded project between Makerere University, Kenyatta University and Northumbria University UK (April 2010).
  • DAAD Proposal Writing for International Grants Workshop Part II, Naivasha, Kenya (June 2009)
  • DAAD Proposal Writing for International Grants Workshop Part I, Entebbe (December 2008)
  • Participated in the Panel Discussion on ‘Bark-cloth: an Ancient Tradition in Modern Times’ at the 11th Biennial Textile Symposium organized by the Textile Society of America, Honolulu, Hawaii (September 2008).
  • ‘UNESCO’ Workshop for the Revitalization of Bark-cloth in Uganda’ Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University (6th -21st August 2008).
  • ‘Visual Containers’ Creativity Workshop organized by Makerere Art Gallery (July 2008)
  • Participated in the ‘Africa Design Day Conference on Professional Design on the African Continent’ Cape Penninsula University of Science and Technology, Cape Town, SA (October 2007)
  • Conducted a two-day workshop on ‘Cultural Artefacts & Decorative Techniques from East and Central Africa’ with special focus on bark-cloth at the Sanlam South Africa Fashion Week Arts & Culture Fashion Seminar, Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa. (September  2007)
  • Conducted a ‘Textile Design Development Workshop for Silkscreen Printing’, Wote Community Development Organization, Makueni, Kenya. This was a joint collaboration with Christina Roberts and Lucy Lau of Marafiki Trust, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA (August 2007)
  • Co-facilitator  ‘Design, Health and Community’ Team Outreach Workshop, under the England Africa Partnership Collaborative Research Programme between the University of Northumbria at New Castle, the Durban University of Technology, and Makerere University. (May 2007)
  • Co-facilitator ‘The Mind Map of Stripes – Textile Design Workshop’, the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial & Fine Arts, Makerere University. (April 2007)
  • Participated in the ‘Revitalization of   Bark-cloth in Uganda’ Conference organized by the National Commission for UNESCO, Hotel Africana, Kampala (October 2006)
  • Participated in the ‘Practice-Discourse – Pedagogy in Fine Art Education: A Symposium with Jon Thompson’, Middlesex University, UK (May 2004)
  • Participated in the ‘Field Work: Reports from the Fields of Visual Culture’ Symposium, Victoria Miro Gallery, London UK (May 2003)
  • ‘Uganda Sweden Art Workshop’, Fregatten Cultural Centre, Stenungsund, Sweden (March 2001)
  • ‘Traditions of Tomorrow: Textile Design Craft and Technology Workshop’, UNESCO Artists in  Development International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa. (May 2000)
  • Organizer/facilitator, ‘Shibori Mono-print and Photography Workshop’ conducted by Christina Roberts and Lonnie Graham from the Fabric Workshop and Museum, USA.  (June 1999)
  • National Coordinator, ‘UNESCO Artists in Development: International Textile and Graphic Design Workshop’ supported by NORAD, Makerere University Kampala. (April 1999)
  • Ngoma International Triangle Workshop, Buluba Hospital (August 1998)
  • Post-graduate Apprentice Training Program in Textile Design, The Fabric Workshop and Museum,  Philadelphia- USA. (Summer 1997)
  • Organizer/facilitator, ‘Textile Design and Product Presentation and Marketing Workshop’ conducted by Prof. Jackie Guille from Middlesex University, UK. (August 1997)

8.0 SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

Venny Nakazibwe has so far supervised to completion One PhD, 3 ongoing, and is currently serving on several doctoral committees. She has also supervised to completion several MAFA Researches in the field of Decorative Fabric Design.

 

9.0 OTHER PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. External Examiner for Graduate Studies, Royal College of Art UK
  2. External Examiner for Graduate Studies, Durban University of Technology South Africa
  3. External Examiner for Graduate Studies, Cape Peninsula University of Technology South Africa
  4. External Examiner Undergraduate Studies, Kyambogo University Uganda
  5. Member of Senate, Makerere University
  6. CEDAT Representative, Board of Graduate Training and Research Makerere University

10.0 MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL BODIES

2007- present Member of the American Textile Association
2006- present Member /Country Representative of the Network of African Designers (NAD)
2005-present Member of Middlesex University Alumni Association
2005- present Member of the Uganda British Alumni Association
2001- present Member of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
1995-present Member of Uganda Visual Artists Association
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