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Justin Igala is Artfully AWARE’s overall Ugandan Representative who coordinates Ugandan artists and educators’ activities. He develops programme proposals, provides AfA products such as paintings and teaches specially designed artistic programmes.

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  • StatementStatementI am Igala Justin, a very proud Ugandan development and fi ne artist. I have done a lot through my art to support development of marginalized communities in various areas like; water, hygiene, sanitation, HIV/Aids, malaria control.

    I appeal to people who shun fi ne art to know that, it is a profession that can be used to; improve peoples lives and I do encourage good artists to come up and show their talent.I want people to know that fi ne art is a profession that can enable you create your own job, get rich out of it and even employ others.

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  • BackgroundBackgroundMy art carrier has been a very long journey and a process since my child hood.My artistic talent started manifesting as far back as my primary education, when I was always called upon to make some drawings during class lessons.During my secondary education, my talent grew further as fi ne art as a subject started boosting my grades in the respective classes.I sat for my advanced level certifi cate but when the results came back, my fi ne art results were missing, this completely frustrated me, I looked for another course and I was offered to do a diploma in accounts.After going through the challenge, I went to pick my leaving certifi cate and I was told that my fi ne art results had been recovered and I was the best in my school with distinction A.This automatically qualifi ed me for admission to university for a bachelor of arts in Fine Art (BAFA) of Makerere University.I pursued this course for three years and specializing in painting and drawing.After which I also pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) of Makerere University.After all this I was stranded and had nothing to do, I looked for schools to teach in vain.

    PAINTING ON BACKCLOTH

    This came as a dream to me to try to paint on this material made out of a back of a tree. In Buganda it is a material traditionally used for burial.I did some paintings and took them to Kasubi tombs (a burial place for the Buganda kings).I got a very good response from the manager my work started selling and that is when I started earning a living from my art. This helped me to support my family then.

    JOINING WATERAID - Uganda

    It was in 1993 when I made my fi rst attempt to apply for a job in the above organization, I was taken in as an illustrator.This job made a turning point in my life because I got a lot of exposure in using art to promote development especially in the water, hygiene and sanitation sector. I developed WaterAid PHAST (participatory Hygiene and sanitation Transformation) tools and later trained WaterAid partners in their application.I also got trained in; Development and application of ethnographic illustrations Pre-testing the messages developed. Participatory approaches Community mobilization Report writing. Trainer of trainers (TOT) Community sensitization Baseline data collection, analysis and report writing Use of drama and video for community sensitization.

    FREE LANCE

    In the year 2000 my contract with WaterAid ended and I opted to go private as a free lance artist specializing in the following areas;

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  • Community sensitization materials

    These are sets of pictures that are developed together with the target community.The pictures are developed and field tested to depict the existing problems in the community.During the development process the artist has to make sure that the pictures developed portray the social, cultural and traditional norms of the particular community.The pictures developed are only used to trigger discussions on the issues in the community after which the community members are facilitated to draw up action plans on what they plan to do next about issues discussed.

    Posters

    I have developed lots of posters in English and local languages to pass on specific messages to the community. I always do these in consultation with the target community.

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  • Community sensitization and training

    I have wide experience and I have trained development workers and sensitizing communities through workshops and home to home visits.

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  • Painting of Murals

    I have been commissioned to do murals by development organizations notably Plan Uganda. I have also facilitated children and students to paint their own murals after helping them to identify a message to put a cross.

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  • Illustrations

    I have been commissioned to do a lot of illustrations in different aspects like; community sensitization and training and I have also illustrated children story books user guides and training manuals.

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  • Painting on backcloth

    This is a skill I developed since 1992 and I have done lots of paintings in this material and I have found it a very rich material. I am still doing more research on how to exploit it more.

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  • Painting on Sack

    This is also one of the new materials I am trying to do research on. Using oils & powder colours.

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  • Water colour paintings

    I have also done lots of paintings in water colours; I am also still doing more research on how to come up with a more unique technique of my own.

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  • Batiks

    I do lots of batiks for commercial sell and I also get commissions to do some in big numbers.

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  • Water colour paintings

    I have also done lots of paintings in water colours; I am also still doing more research on how to come up with a more unique technique of my own.

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  • Water colourpaintings

    I have also done lots ofpaintings in water colours;I am also still doing moreresearch on how to comeup with a more uniquetechnique of my own.

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  • Water colour paintings

    I have also done lots of paintings in water colours; I am also still doing more research on how to come up with a more unique technique of my own.

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  • Messages on HIV/AIDS

    These are a set of participatory messages developed with children with the Theme (Breaking the silence on HIV/AIDS). The overall aim of these messages is to make children become ambasadors of behaviour change in HIV/AIDS prevention and transmision.The messages are therefore used to engage children in participatory discussions on; causes of HIV/AIDS, what roles they can play to prevent it, what roles they can play in caring for the affected & infected persons.

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  • Messages on Child Abuse

    These are higly participatory & interactive messages developed with school children to address issues of stigmatisation of orphans & valnarable children. These messages are meant to enable children change their attitudes to OVCs and also communicate to parents, teachers, the local leadership & the community at large to treat OVCs well.

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  • Child art

    I have worked with school going and non school going children to develop a wide range of messages. I have facilitated children to draw pictures that pass on messages from child to child and children to adults. I have found these a very interesting area, but involves motivating children and involving them in a discussion.Once issues have been discussed and clearly brought out I then facilitate children to draw and paint. Finally I facilitate each child to give a presentation about their pictures.

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  • JOINING WATERAID Uganda

    It was in 1993 when I made my fi rst attempt to apply for a job in the above organization, I was taken in as an illustrator.This job made a turning point in my life because I got a lot of exposure in using art to promote development especially in the water, hygiene and sanitation sector. I developed WaterAid PHAST (participatory Hygiene and sanitation Transformation) tools and later trained WaterAid partners in their application.

    I also got trained in;,Development and application of ethnographic

    illustrations,Pre-testing the messages developed.,Participatory approaches,Community mobilization,Report writing. ,Trainer of trainers (TOT),Community sensitization,Baseline data collection, analysis and report writing,Use of drama and video for community sensitization.

    IGALA JUSTIN PORTFOLIOUpdated June 2007

    Igala Justin P.O Box 50037 Kampala - Uganda

    Mob: +256 772 491408Email: igalajustin@yahoo.co.uk

    I am Igala Justin, a very proud Ugandan development and fi ne artist. I have done a lot through my art to support development of marginalized communities in various areas like; water, hygiene, sanitation, HIV/Aids, malaria control.

    I appeal to people who shun fi ne art to know that, it is a profession that can be used to; improve peoples lives and I do encourage good artists to come up and show their talent.I want people to know that fi ne art is a profession that can enable you create your own job, get rich out of it and even employ others.

    BACKGROUND

    My art carrier has been a very long journey and a process since my child hood.My artistic talent started manifesting as far back as my primary education, when I was always called upon to make some drawings during class lessons.During my secondary education, my talent grew further as fi ne art as a subject started boosting my grades in the respective classes.I sat for my advanced level certifi cate but when the results came back, my fi ne art results were missing, this completely frustrated me, I looked for another course and I was offered to do a diploma in accounts.After going through the challenge, I went to pick my leaving certifi cate and I was told that my fi ne art results had been re