Art centres play pivotal role in nurturing talent

By Kundai Marunya (Arts Correspondent) The process of transferring one’s imagination into something visual and tangible is often challenging that only a few very creative individuals dare to take it on. It takes years of practice, learning from the masters and formulating one’s own distinct style before they finally earn the right to showcase their…

Stone sculptor enthusiast puts nation on the map

By Robert Mukondiwa Victoria Falls-based arts connoisseur and founder and director of Zimbabwe’s leading online sculpture gallery Avac Arts, Terrence Musiyiwa, has scored another first and put the nation on the map as he emphasises the need for both vocational skills and educational prowess. He recently shone after Avac Arts was featured as a leading…

Zimbabwean poet and filmmaker Zibusiso Mpofu has won the 2022 Brunel International African Poetry award

Zimbabwean poet and filmmaker Zibusiso Mpofu has won the title of Brunel International African Poetry 2022 Award. Mpofu was announced as the winner among finalists which included Conor Kogil from South Africa, Asmaa Jama and Edil Hassan from Somalia, Fahad Al-Amoudi from Ethiopia and Adedayo Agarau and Chisom Okafor from Nigeria. The award goes to…

Stone sculptors chisel away behind the scenes

By Kundai Marunya Arts Correspondent Sharp clicks can be heard from a distance, the sound of hammers and chisels as they cut into the stone yielding to the creator’s vision. On another work station, a grinder raves as the masters perfect their different stone works, all synchronising to produce a melody that would easily top…

2022 Victoria Falls Carnivals to be held at the Elephant Hills Resort

The Victoria Falls Carnival announced the Elephant Hills Resort as this year’s venue moving away from the traditional Victoria Falls Primary school that has hosted the carnival since inception. The Elephant Hotel is situated just 4 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls. The main stage will be set up on the driving range of the…

AVAC Arts donates 2 tonnes of sculpting raw stones to Chitungwiza Arts center youth and female artists

AVAC Arts has donated 2 tonnes of raw sculpting stones to upcoming resident artists working from the Chitungwiza Arts centre as a pilot project in a bid to promote and improve the overall livelihoods of young sculptors and female artists.   The future of stone sculpting does not lie in the hands of the present…

Lifeline for Chitungwiza Arts Centre

BY MOSES MUGUGUNYEKI The Covid-19 pandemic has caused devastating effects on all sectors of the economy and one such is the cultural and creative industry. Since the cultural and creative sector relies mostly on the movement and availability of people, Covid-19 restrictions narrowed business in the sector leading to several jobs being furloughed. In Zimbabwe,…

Roki Kicks Off 2022 With Chidzoka Acoustics; video shot at a stone sculpture gallery

URBAN Grooves sensation, Roki has kicked off the new year with an acoustic version of his yesteryear chart topping track, Chidzoka. Chidzoka acoustics music video premiered on Tuesday last week and the sterling visuals have garnered over 100 000 YouTube views a day after release. The acoustics come after he dropped the banger’s remix two weeks…

Chango Chitoko challenges inequalities in communities through Visual Art

…WOMEN AND MEN SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY. CHANGO CHITOKO is a mother of three children, two in high school and her first-born waiting to go into College. Chango who grew up in rural Murehwa took inspiration from friends and her grand father who mentored her on wood carving cooking sticks and mortar and pestles. Years…

Chikukwa challenges banks

By Zivisai Chagaka TOP Zimbabwean arts curator Raphael Chikukwa has challenged local financial institutions and other corporates to support the arts sector and reap the sure benefits of art collection. Chikukwa, who is also the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) executive director, is hosting an online talk series under the FNB Art Joburg Talk Series,…

Chidawu carves to preserve wildlife

BY TENDAI SAUTA YOUTHFUL visual artist Abishebah Chidawu says he seeks to bring to the world’s attention the importance of protecting wild animals against cruelty. Chidawu said animals were becoming scarce because of human predators and migration hence they needed safeguarding. “Wild animals are becoming scarce and through my art, I wish to tell the…

Government approves African cultures conference

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO GOVERNMENT has approved the hosting of the third edition of the International Conference of African Cultures (ICAC) 2021 scheduled to run from November 23 to 25 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Harare. On Tuesday, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa told a post-Cabinet media briefing that ICAC 2021 seeks to explore…

Swerengoma Arts Production out to promote cultural tourism

by Fungai Lupande Swerengoma Arts Production, a locally-based theatre and traditional dance outfit, is preserving unique and distinct traditional dances from different parts of the country to promote cultural tourism. Speaking after a sterling performance at the World Tourism Day commemorations last Saturday in Bindura, Swerengoma proprietor William Majuru said dance was an important part…

Artworks by the Mamvura Family (Lorraine Usayi and Elvis)

It is rare to find both husband and wife taking up stone sculpting as a career in the Zimbabwe Shona stone art sculpting industry. Both Elvis Mamvura and Lorraine Usayi Mamvura are seasoned sculptors in their own right and with different approaches, techniques, themes and stone/medium preferences. Elvis is the son to Albert Nathan Mamvura…