Original painting by Gordon Shamulenge
Acrylic on canvas, 2011.
Zeela is co-owned by a Zambian family, Bedah and Charity Salasini and their children Yongo, Tusankine, Taizya and Michael. The family’s passion for art dates back to 2002 when they collected their first art piece, a wooden sculpture by renowned artist Eddie Mumba titled “Family of Four”. Since then, our passion for collecting pieces of art has continued to grow. Today, Zeela is home to about 400 pieces of art in the categories of paintings, wooden sculptures, stone sculptures and metal sculptures – exclusively collected from artists based in Zambia.
In 2017, when the collection had grown to about 150 art pieces, the family decided to share their passion for Zambian art by opening Zeela to the public.
The family believes that art, besides it’s aesthetic appeal, is an expression of our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and desires. Art therefore can be a powerful medium for imparting and communicating values, including evangelization.
We believe that art pieces are more than just objects of possession or decorations in the home. Art, for us is an expression of passion and a demonstration of the family values that make a house a home. As St. Mother Theresa said; “not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Zeela is a culmination of many small things inspired by Zambian nature, culture, and art, done with great love and passion.
Ours is a journey of passion for Nature, Culture, and Art. This passion has inspired the development of our art gallery, through close collaboration with Zambian Artists. Our journey continues as we endeavor to contribute towards the preservation of our heritage for posterity, spirituality, study and enjoyment
Family acquires first artwork
Family acquires the first wooden artwork titled “Family of Four” by Eddie Mumba.
Twinpalm Road, Kabulonga
New Land acquired
New land acquired and construction of a family home begins, based on a deliberate open, and organic design/plan
Farm 487A Off Leopards Hill Road, New Kasama.
Construction of family home is complete
Construction of the house is completed and family moves in. The family continues collecting artworks
150 piceces collected
The family art collection grows to 150 pieces
Zeela opens to the public
Who enjoys art alone!” The family decides to share their art collection with the public
Launch of Zeela Art Gallery
Zeela Art Gallery & Homestay is launched
Zeela hosts first Exhibition
Zeela Art Gallery hosts an exhibition in collaboration with the Jesuits titled “Wonders of Co-Creation: Catholic Theology and Spirituality Through African Art.”
Exhibition on the First Republican President
Zeela Art Gallery initiates and hosts an exhibition on the First Republican President titled “Letters to My Grand Children: The Wise Sayings of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Through Art”
A 200 meter mural is commissioned
Zeela Art Gallery extends the gallery by commissioning a 200 meter mural with the theme “40 Days and 40 Nights: A Journey with Christ Through Art”
Indigenous Knowledge Center is Constructed
|Zeela Art Gallery extends the gallery by constructing an Indigenous Knowledge and Information Centre that will also host an Information Centre in future.
Public programs begin
Zeela Art Gallery initiates and implements one of the Public programs named “Zeela Junior Art Diary” for children aged 6-12 years