Friday, 14 November 2014

Living as a cleaner, lecturer


 


saturday
November 8, 2014

 

Living as a cleaner, lecturer

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Some of the paints of Mathias Tusiime. Photos by Ismail Kezaala.

 Written,By Douglas D SSemabala

When he modestly lists his achievements as an artist, it is hard to believe that in 1998, Mathias Tusiime’s search for employment in Kampala stationed him as a cleaner at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School of Industrial Fine Art. He now blogs (TusiimeMathias.blogspot.com), has represented Uganda in more than 12 African countries, and has lectured students in American Universities.

Born in Igara, Bushenyi District, Tusiime’s education was clogged by failure to raise fees at O-Level when he was at Bugongi Secondary School in 1994 in Sheema District.

Forced to hunt for jobs without any form of qualification, Prof Philip Kwesiga, (former Dean at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School) recommended him for a job as a grounds man. “I cleaned the compound, gathered clay for students and prepared it for their next classes. But now, I clean the offices,” Tusiime explains, picking little crumps of dirt off a table cloth in the gallery and repositioning it.

As a child, his creative mind drew its own imagery of what else he can make out of different material. The gallery administrator at the school, only identified as Hasifa, reflects this notion, arguing that Tusiime is enthusiastic, intrigued and motivated by what he sees around him. His interaction with students, professors and intervals as sculpture studio assistant, contributed to his skill. He had neither held a paint brush, nor molded clay figures before, but this pushed his creativity, thus innovation of his own brand of canvas and locally made paper.

“I received no art training, but I am humbled by my success as an artist,” he says, noting when Pietro Averona, the Italian Cultural Attaché, now Console at the Italian Embassy, bought three of his pieces in 1999. “He was the first person to buy my work. He found it original and uncontaminated,” he says.

Tusiime has since exhibited in Netherlands, Denmark, USA, Nairobi, China (during Olympics), London and Bonham (www.bonhams.com/auctions /19513/lot/6/) in 2013; and at the German Development Co-operation (KFW) October 8, 2014.

Tusiime recollects how Americans walked up to him on the street, some in tears; moved by his inspiring story. “I made headlines in Florida. People wondered how incredible professors at Makerere should be, if a cleaner could create such work!” he said as goose bumps plastered his right hand.

“The first time I stood up to share my work with more than 600 students in Florida, I cried…I could not believe the recognition so far from home!” Invitations to tutor and share his work waved in from Children’s Art Center and North Eastern University in Boston, and Apex Art, New York.

Future plans
Tusiime hopes to develop skills and innovation centres that will provide basic skills to the unprivileged, by reaching people with talents that can be developed, especially those without access to education. He hopes to utilise more natural resources for Tie and dye, craft, candle bars, paper, plates, toys and jewellery.

As a cleaner/self-made artist and researcher, he envisions a recycling plant that can utilise garbage collected or disposed of by the university. Why not create material or recycle to reduce export?” he asks.
Prof Philip Kwesiga, (former Dean at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School and his mentor) asserts that “Mathias can be anything the artist can be, because art creates one’s own means to communicate, and he originally does this through size and shape to show mood and feelings.”

Some of Tusiime’s most notable pieces

From Grass to Sisal, Canvas. This 2005 innovation gives illusion of a network of coloured strings on rubber-like surface. He used recycled paint from and grasses before improving it with maize scarves and Sisal. The first of its kind in the world, his canvas won recognition at the Congress Library in Washington DC, USA. It also serves as Vehicle Carpets, Sound Proof material and covers.

Politics of Destruction. One among more than 200 pieces, this visual in bright shades of orange, blue and green, depicts humans with fork-like fingers hovering over their heads. This painting tackles social-economic and political challenges of Ugandan society.

Backcloth paper. Pressed into fine pieces of smooth brown surface, this bark of Mutuba tree, offers alternative for paper. To make backcloth relevant to education, rather than the predominant warmth cover, Tusiime thought of students who need where to write in the face of costly exported paper.

 

Challenges

When he modestly lists his achievements as an artist, it is hard to believe that in 1998, Mathias Tusiime’s search for employment in Kampala stationed him as a cleaner at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School of Industrial Fine Art. He now blogs (TusiimeMathias.blogspot.com), has represented Uganda in more than 12 African countries, and has lectured students in American Universities.

Born in Igara, Bushenyi District, Tusiime’s education was clogged by failure to raise fees at O-Level when he was at Bugongi Secondary School in 1994 in Sheema District.

Forced to hunt for jobs without any form of qualification, Prof Philip Kwesiga, (former Dean at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School) recommended him for a job as a grounds man. “I cleaned the compound, gathered clay for students and prepared it for their next classes. But now, I clean the offices,” Tusiime explains, picking little crumps of dirt off a table cloth in the gallery and repositioning it.

As a child, his creative mind drew its own imagery of what else he can make out of different material. The gallery administrator at the school, only identified as Hasifa, reflects this notion, arguing that Tusiime is enthusiastic, intrigued and motivated by what he sees around him. His interaction with students, professors and intervals as sculpture studio assistant, contributed to his skill. He had neither held a paint brush, nor molded clay figures before, but this pushed his creativity, thus innovation of his own brand of canvas and locally made paper.

“I received no art training, but I am humbled by my success as an artist,” he says, noting when Pietro Averona, the Italian Cultural Attaché, now Console at the Italian Embassy, bought three of his pieces in 1999. “He was the first person to buy my work. He found it original and uncontaminated,” he says.

Tusiime has since exhibited in Netherlands, Denmark, USA, Nairobi, China (during Olympics), London and Bonham (www.bonhams.com/auctions /19513/lot/6/) in 2013; and at the German Development Co-operation (KFW) October 8, 2014.

Tusiime recollects how Americans walked up to him on the street, some in tears; moved by his inspiring story. “I made headlines in Florida. People wondered how incredible professors at Makerere should be, if a cleaner could create such work!” he said as goose bumps plastered his right hand.

“The first time I stood up to share my work with more than 600 students in Florida, I cried…I could not believe the recognition so far from home!” Invitations to tutor and share his work waved in from Children’s Art Center and North Eastern University in Boston, and Apex Art, New York.

Future plans
Tusiime hopes to develop skills and innovation centres that will provide basic skills to the unprivileged, by reaching people with talents that can be developed, especially those without access to education. He hopes to utilise more natural resources for Tie and dye, craft, candle bars, paper, plates, toys and jewellery.

As a cleaner/self-made artist and researcher, he envisions a recycling plant that can utilise garbage collected or disposed of by the university. Why not create material or recycle to reduce export?” he asks.
Prof Philip Kwesiga, (former Dean at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School and his mentor) asserts that “Mathias can be anything the artist can be, because art creates one’s own means to communicate, and he originally does this through size and shape to show mood and feelings.”

Some of Tusiime’s most notable pieces

From Grass to Sisal, Canvas. This 2005 innovation gives illusion of a network of coloured strings on rubber-like surface. He used recycled paint from and grasses before improving it with maize scarves and Sisal. The first of its kind in the world, his canvas won recognition at the Congress Library in Washington DC, USA. It also serves as Vehicle Carpets, Sound Proof material and covers.

Politics of Destruction. One among more than 200 pieces, this visual in bright shades of orange, blue and green, depicts humans with fork-like fingers hovering over their heads. This painting tackles social-economic and political challenges of Ugandan society.

Backcloth paper. Pressed into fine pieces of smooth brown surface, this bark of Mutuba tree, offers alternative for paper. To make backcloth relevant to education, rather than the predominant warmth cover, Tusiime thought of students who need where to write in the face of costly exported paper.

 

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Welcoming Ms Betsy Brown to Uganda Community Art Skills Development and Recycling(UCASDR).



I would like to officially welcome Ms Betsy Brown to the Uganda community Art skills Development and Recycling, team as a Volunteer and the project adviser. she brings on board a wealthy of skills project evaluation and innovation.
she has been to Uganda on two occasions she regards it as her second home.
she has greatly supported Ucasdr activities directly and indirectly .
 Therefore  I thank her  for offering this service to  Uganda CommunityArt Skills Development and Recycling .This gesture is appreciated and acknowledged by the UCASDR team and the community it serves.
Tusiime Mathias
Director
UCASDR

Monday, 20 October 2014

Research and innovation:Tusiime Mathias Introduces Hand made barkcloth paper from Uganda Bark Tree(Omutooma)

Above is the hand made paper from Bark cloth Tree by Tusiime Mathias
Above is the Art work made on the Uganda Hand made Bark cloth paper by Tusiime mathias 



Please keep on following me more  Innovations coming up!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Makerere University,Lecturer Balaba Edward to Volunteer in the Uganda community Art skills Development,Recycling and Innovaton project on a theme: My Amazing Dream

                                      Balaba Edward ,Rogers,chairpeson and  Tusiime with  children the workshop.

                                                   Bbalaba Edward Giving children's skills

                                          chairperson Demonstrating to the children bellow is children's work after the workshop
                                    



 The training was attended by more 35 children staying in and around kalerwe area, Also in attendance local council chairperson was  there.
 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Tusiime Mathias Visit to United states Experience in painting

The Art work above shows my Visit experience in the USA and the canvas is made in Uganda by Tusiime Matthias innovations, this canvas is one of a kind in Uganda.
Kindly follow me am planning to make a pamphlet  out of my life experiences

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Joyce R Gottelieb from USA, Los Angeles, California Donates Art Materials to UCASDR


 
Joyce R Gottelieb from USA, Los Angeles, California Donates Art Materials to UCASDR
 

I had the joy of meeting Joyce R Gottelieb and the husband while they were volunteering in Uganda Kampala for six weeks in November 2008.

Joyce is an Art Lover and collector. She  studied art history in graduate school.
Joyce and the Husband were the chief Guests and Organizers together with Uganda Art consortium at my Art show at Shadravan Art Gallery in Oakland, California USA on 2nd 
 August 2013. 

Since 2008 Joyce has been promoting my talent by sending me art materials and has  been my great supporter during my two trips to the United  states.

Her support inspired me to develop the idea of starting a project called Uganda community Art skills Development and Recycling (UCASDR)  to provide free skills to unprivileged people in the communities of Uganda.
I decided to give back to the community because of the support others have given me as a self taught Artist.

Uganda community Art skill Development and Recycling(UCASDR) is now supported by sales from my Art works and well wishers who donate Art materials plus a group of volunteers who teach the children.

The program provides Basic skills to empower the communities and trains in Local languages such that everyone understands.

Therefore I thank Joyce for her kind heart, great support, and the humanitarian work she has done for the community in Uganda.