The Lemonfish Gallery
was first inaugurated in the quiet south Gambian village
of Kartong, which borders Casamance, in March 2005.
At its opening it showcased the works of twenty eight
West African artists. The concept was dreamed up by
its German curator Nina Effinger as an arts project
to create revenue for local artists and at the same
time provide them with a means to exhibit, promote and
sell their artistic works. The creative forum also allows
them to collaborate with other painters and sculptors
in the EU and Africa.
The Arts Complex:
The building comprises of 2 public viewing halls with
their original collections of contemporary African Art
and a good sized portico for staging art exhibitions,
events. They are also able to host conferences and meetings
at the centre.
There are cultural workshops for art students and professionals
tools such as media and video to stimulate creative
ideas. During the tourist season there are special holiday
workshops for tourists and other visitors to exchange
views and ideas with local Gambian artists.
• Souvenir Shop
The outlet sells arts, fashion clothes, crafts, African
Jewelry and other items produced by local craftsmen
in projects that operate on the principles of Fair Trade
which is aimed at empowering local producers and promoting
• Guest Rooms
There are 5 rooms with en-suit bathing and a 24 hour
stay includes bed and breakfast. African dishes and
snacks available throughout the day.
Excursion away from the Lemonfish Gallery and onto the
mangroves and the Halahin River by Pirogue. This river
skirts the border between the Gambia and Casamance in
The gallery is situated on a large knoll encircled by
verdant tropical greenery facing the sea. Once at the
main village just ask for directions.