Structure of the NCAC
The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) is a semi autonomous
institution established by an Act of Parliament in December 1989 to
promote and develop Gambian Culture. The 1989 Act is now superseded by
the NCAC Act of December 2003. The eight member Board appointed by
the Secretary of State for Tourism and Culture is the highest
official decision making body on all matters relating to Arts and
Culture in the country. The functions of the Centre are;
a) To advise the Secretary of State on matters of policy
relating to Arts and Culture and in particular on matters relating to
national languages, the creative and performing arts, monuments and
relics, research and documentation, science and indigenous technology,
and sports and recreation;
b) promote and develop Gambian arts and culture;
c) implement, monitor, co-ordinate and evaluate artistic and
cultural programmes in The Gambia;
d) promote artistic and cultural co-operation at regional and
e) encourage, at the local level, the emergence of groups and
institutions interested in the promotion of arts and culture;
f) supervise the functioning of the committees that may be
established under this Act;
g) investigate and report on artistic and cultural matters
relating to research, information processing, storage, documentation,
retrieval, and dissemination;
h) equip, maintain and manage the National Museums;
i) establish, equip, maintain and manage such other museums as
it thinks fit;
j) preserve, repair or restore any ethnographical article which
it considers to be of national importance;
k) when required by the Secretary of State, investigate and
report on any matter relating to any ethnographical article;
l) keep a register of all ethnographical articles which it
acquires or which are brought to its notice;
m) list all monuments whose proclamation as National Monuments
it considers desirable, ascertain their owners, before recommending
to the Secretary of State to proclaim them as National Monuments;
n) perform such functions as may be conferred on it under any
law on copyright;
o) perform such duties as are related to the research and
development of arts and culture in The Gambia.
The Institution is the professional arm of the Ministry of
Tourism and Culture and executes its mandate through three technical
Directorates, namely, The Directorate of Cultural Heritage, The
Directorate of Literature Performing and Fine Arts and The Directorate
1. The Office of the Director General
Director General's Office is the administrative and financial
secretariat. Its functions are:
- To co-ordinate and monitor the day-to-day activities of the NCAC.
- To provide the necessary backstopping to the Technical Divisions
in execution of their activities.
- To serve as the public relations arm of the NCAC.
- To evaluate policies relating to the activities of the Centre in
particular, and matters relating to arts and culture in general.
- To monitor, evaluate the projects and activities of the Technical
- To provide information to the Board and to serve as the
Secretariat for the Board.
- To formulate budgets and project proposals for the Centre.
2. Directorate of Cultural Heritage (DCH)
Directorate has two divisions namely:
2a. Museum and Monuments Division-MMD: This unit is responsible for the material culture heritage, both
movable and immovable. Its tasks are:
- Management of museums;
- Proclamation, inventorization, interpretation, protection,
and promotion of national monuments and sites of historical and
- Research into new archaeological sites;
- Organisation of exhibitions;
- Organisation of outreach programmes in relation to material and
- Collection of historical artefacts.
2b. Research and Documentation Division - RDD
The Division is responsible for all research and documentation
4. Directorate of Literature Performing and Fine Arts - DLPFA
This Division is mandated to protect, preserve, develop, promote and
celebrate Gambian arts and culture nationally and internationally.