My name is Lorna and I am the founder of Rangi Gallery (RG). I am a lawyer by profession with a postgraduate diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy. I have apprenticed as a foreign service officer, managed a law and consultancy firm between Tanzania and UAE and even worked for a retail giant once upon a time.
Through these experiences, I was able to build fruitful relationships within the international community and gained commercial exposure. From an early age, I was attuned to my senses; highly intrigued by colour, images, movement and sounds, that are translated into visual arts. Coming from a big vibrant family with siblings who engage in film and photography, music, and design with a grandfather who was a well renowned professional ‘Malingishi’ dancer (a Sukuma tribe traditional dance), I never pursued art, but art always pursued me.
Though I never formally studied art, my curiosity and passion always compelled me towards it. During my undergraduate studies in India, I had the opportunity to be exposed to one of the world’s richest cultures with an exuberant amount of vibrant artistic expression. Through this integration, I did not only cultivate my artistic senses, but it enhanced my appreciation for my own cultural heritage. After several years, I embarked on my journey of co-founding an art gallery called the Ujamaa Art Gallery in 2011. Then, the purchasing power was not as strong as it is right now and art was considered more of a luxury than a part of life. Immediately after closure, I registered RG in 2014 to open a space that not only showcased art but goes beyond to grow and nurture local talent, to empower the conversation within the community, and to transform the local industry to market beyond its local borders.
It was just recently that I got to experience a light bulb moment when news of the COVID-19 pandemic hit Tanzania where I realized, “I might just die not having done what I love to do the most.” That is when I was inspired to set up this virtual art gallery and treat it as if I was operating a physical space.
My dream is to create a space that brings together artists, art enthusiasts and your regular average Joe in one room to educate, to inspire and to grow the conversation on what art is and what it entails. I hope to leave a footprint that is constructive to the art and crafts world, allowing room for continuous learning and growth in this sector that I feel is so under-tapped but full of potential. Join me in discovering Tanzania’s, Africa’s and the World's talents through my careful selection by perusing through Rangi Gallery online page.