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Núcleo de Arte de Maputo











 Núcleo De Arte in Maputo: The Pioneering Hub of Mozambican Artistic Expression 


Foundation and Multidisciplinary Vision

Núcleo De Arte holds the distinction of being Mozambique's oldest collaborative arts center of cultural development, founded in 1921 by a group of intellectuals and artists. Long before the nation's independence, it emerged as the first association in the country committed to the simultaneous advancement of various artistic disciplines.

At its inception, the primary mission of Núcleo De Arte was to foster an appreciation for visual arts. Over time, it has earned the moniker "the embassy of the arts," championing the first multifaceted center in Maputo to enrich artistic disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and dance.

Establishment and Growth of a Cultural Landmark

Since 1936, Núcleo De Arte has operated out of a single, now-famous location. It was the first establishment in the region to promote plastic arts and music among other artistic domains actively, drawing in a vibrant community of artists and art aficionados. Today, it continues to offer an array of services and products related to the performing and visual arts, including art events, a gallery, workshops, painting classes, and community outreach programs.

Challenges and Resilience

Despite its storied history and contributions, Núcleo De Arte faces significant challenges. The lack of essential art supplies – paints, canvases, clay, metal, wood – due to the absence of specialized stores in Maputo is a persistent issue. Additionally, the scarcity of exhibition spaces for artists to display their creations, limited educational opportunities in the arts, financial constraints, and difficulties in securing scholarships or accessing artist support programs are hurdles that the association must overcome.

Nevertheless, Núcleo De Arte has been proactive in fulfilling its mandate, striving to bridge these gaps. It actively engages with visitors, fostering discussions about artworks and the arts in general, and facilitating participation in the myriad of activities held at the center.

Community, Membership, and Impact

With over 360 registered members, Núcleo De Arte is an inclusive platform that engages with diverse creative segments, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary expressions. The association is also dedicated to contributing to society and overall development by showcasing artists' work. It furthers its impact through commercialization, education, and fostering social interaction between artists and the public.


Rua Da Argelia, 194 Nucleo de Arte, 

Maputo 25821 Moçambique 

Location of the nucleo de arte in Maputo