Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society

Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society

Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt Galleries
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Karishma-Kim
London, UK459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Loved the art at this co-operative society. Large variety of styles and size of paintings. Very reasonable prices, even pre-bargaining.

A helpful English speaking representative guided me around the place. While all the art is mostly canvas mounted on frames, he told me they could take it off the frames, so it could fit easily inside a suitcase.
Unfortunately, they only accept cash and I wasn't carrying any as I had just landed in Tanzania and I didnt have the opportunity to return - but will definitely go back on my next trip to Dar Es Salaam.
Written 22 March 2022
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This cooperative society hosts several different painters. You can see artwork being created before your eyes. The artists are friendly and the art is interesting. No one minds pictures being taken. A worthwhile experience even if you are not in the art market.
Written 24 July 2021
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KJLD
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia1,155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was one of my favorite places to wander around and kill some time when I lived in the area. The artists are constantly working to produce more artwork so you'll find something new each time you go. The pieces are very affordable and prices are negotiable. Even if Tinga-Tinga isn't your preferred style, they have other types also. I bought a beautiful Maasai painting by an artist named "Raisy." In addition to wall paintings, they also have painted name plates, mugs, holiday decor, Christmas ornaments, animals, and wood carvings.

The only downside is being followed everywhere by the person whose job is to sell the items. It can be a little awkward and uncomfortable if you just want to browse and don't need assistance. Thankfully, it's only one individual on duty per shift and they aren't as aggressive as other areas of the peninsula.
Written 22 December 2020
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Ms Philly G
Philadelphia, PA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I traveled with my adult son and teen daughter and we each found something we loved at the Tingatinga Arts cooperative. Adamson's #007 had authentic wood carvings, ceremonial knives, and portraits, and the stalls on both sides had collectables as well. We went three times and would have stayed longer (and shopped more) if they had a place to eat and relax.
Written 2 September 2020
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Emily993
London, United Kingdom291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
A great stop off whilst in Dar to see some of the local art.

The Tinga Tinga cooperative is set back from the road, follow the path past the other local artists to the building at the back.
There is no entry free and it won’t take you long to walk around the workshop. Watch the artists and work and have the opportunity to buy their paintings and other Tinga Tinga painted souvenirs.
I have bought Tinga Tinga paintings at cheaper prices in Tanzania but I feel that this is as authentic as it will get!
Written 22 February 2020
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Dirk N
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A lot of tourists see only the mediocre quality paintings along the roads in the safari areas, but this cooperative is a group of local artists painting selling their art direct, not just to tourists but also to residents like me. One of the more 'famous' resident painters, Charinda, has work exhibited at the British Museum and elsewhere.
Different styles and good value for money if you're looking for a bigger size original painting that doesn't necessarily have to be fine art.Your purchase here will support the further development of this local art form.
Written 15 February 2020
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TaraTurk1
Johannesburg, South Africa274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
You'll find friendly painters and a wide array of high-quality tingatinga paintings and other curios at the Tingtinga Arts Cooperative Society in Haile Selassie Road, Dar es Salaam.

The paintings are typically of wildife - birds, fish, elephants, giraffes and leopards are common subjects. A great small gift that's easy to carry is a name board for a door - a painter will quickly and helpfully paint the name on that you want while you wait. I wish I'd bought more!

The prices are fairly negotiable - you can bargain, especially if you're buying more than one item.

You're welcome to take photographs of the paintings and the painters at work.

You'll enjoy the authenticity and actually seeing the painters at work, and you know that your money is going to the actual artists.
Written 8 December 2019
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Marcia
Washington DC, DC79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
This is a place that's not in the touristy area. You have to be willing to travel to the area. It's not super far, but it's not a place to walk to. Here you will find a lot of the local artists and their art. Some of them will even be working on projects while you're visiting. You can find a few hidden gems of artwork that is not found in the tourist areas. I would visit this place if you're looking to do something different.
Written 10 November 2019
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Amanda Gilbert
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Edward Tingatinga started painting in this 2D style back in the 1960's and it has taken off throughout Tanzania and Kenya. The Tingatinga Arts Coop is an amazing collective of artists working there. I gave Zumeri 12 stainless steel cups which he painted in the Tingatinga style. An amazing souvenir of Tanzania for us to keep on our yacht. Our guests bought many paintings on canvas which could be rolled up to take back to Sydney. Well worth a visit.
Written 14 September 2019
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maryathewanderer
36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a strange place. There are a lot of paintings, but they are all the same. They are made by "local artists" but the most of the paintings are simply "colored in". Prices are higher than at the Slipway market.
I am not good at bargaining and have difficulties deciding whether I want a yellow-orange lion or an orange-yellow one, so it's not for me. None of my guests ever bought anything there either. But it's a good "just to see" spot.
Written 11 September 2019
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