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Zimbabwe Annual Exhibition returns


As Zimbabwe’s oldest and most significant arts event on the arts calendar, the Annual Exhibition was first launched as the National Annual Exhibition in 1958, and indirectly led to the creation of the much acclaimed Zimbabwean Sculpture Movement during the 1960s and 70s. The National Annual Exhibition, later relaunched as the Zimbabwean Heritage in 1986 was meant to celebrate the pinnacles of Zimbabwean achievements in the visual arts, taking off were the National Annual Exhibition had left off.

The mandate was to collect contemporary masterpieces of Zimbabwean artwork which reflected the enthusiasm and soul of the people. Thus the Heritage Exhibition sought to collect and conserve for future generations, the best of the artwork in several media which reflected the cultural diversity and magnificence of Zimbabweans.

After the year 2000 changes were introduced that saw it replaced by a curatorial show, then suspended for a while and this is the third edition of the reformed and themed annual open show.

The Annual Exhibition continues to grow and has proven over the years to be a viable platform for Zimbabwe’s artistes to showcase their creativity, diversity, talent and originality with a central theme.

The Annual Exhibition offers an exhilarating opportunity for artists to create new works of art that reflect their best efforts in terms of quality, relevance, authenticity and mastery over medium, with a strong communicated theme.

It emphasises on encouraging artists to produce their best works for the local and international community to see the remarkable talent in Zimbabwean art. Thus it promotes the visibility of Zimbabwean art, encourages and showcases new talent and plays a central role in the rise of Zimbabwean artists in the world art market.

Moreover, it is a well-known fact that art is a potent vehicle of communication that has lived for many decades. The Annual Exhibition facilitates a platform where artistes can communicate and educate the public on their culture, history, present reality, and possibly the future. This year’s exhibition is running under the theme “Nhaka/ Inheritance”. Nhaka/ Inheritance is the practice of passing any property belonging to the deceased person over to the relatives such as titles, debts, rights and obligations upon the death of an individual.

It has long played an important role in human societies. The rules of inheritance differ between societies and have continuously changed over time. The practice of Nhaka/Inheritance in the African culture provokes various debates with the prominent one being that it disadvantages women and children of the deceased.

This is because there are many anecdotal reports that reveal that linkages between the provision of care and inheritance of property have been weakened.

Some relatives only wish to inherit the deceased’s property but neglect the implicit responsibility of taking care of the widow and her children. This situation is sometimes referred to as “property-grabbing”. The focus of this year’s Annual Exhibition will be on how this practice affects family relations, living and working together in today’s modern society.

Last year’s edition of the annual exhibition, entitled “Mharidzo”, saw Lovemore Kambudzi scooping the First Prize Award with his Lunar Park artwork which was about encouraging families to spend quality time together. The exhibition was seeking to interrogate the role of the artist in questioning the religious era that has played a significant part in shaping our society today.

It also gave a platform to artistes to express issues that are close to their hearts through Mharidzo. This year’s edition of the Annual Exhibition is open to Zimbabwean visual artists of all medium. The deadline for application is still open only closing on November 7 2016. The Exhibition, which is going to run from December 8 2016 to February 27 2017, is an open call to all artistes in the country.

It will be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and also includes an awards ceremony, related activities and Harare Conversations throughout its duration. This is an opportunity not to miss as the Annual Exhibition competition provides a platform for Zimbabwean artistes to showcase their current work to a broad audience in the art industry.

Through the Annual Exhibition, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe continues to pursue the excellence in the visual arts of Zimbabwe and to encourage artistic talent inherent in the people of Zimbabwe.

Source: The Herald


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Thinking Beyond the Extinction of Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture.


By Alois Vinga

“Happy Independence Day Zimbabwe Today 18 April But you are more than 31 years old You are an ancient land of old, Dating far back to the mighty days The days of MaDzimbabwe The days when animals and man could speak The days when man had no greed in his heart The days when your children lived as one.”
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Pablo Picasso And The Influence Of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture


Today, Picasso art-works seem to have transcended time as his works continue to be some of the most sought after pieces in the world by both collectors and investors. A little known fact until recently, was where Picasso garnered some of his inspiration. It may come as a surprise, but Picasso was most certainly influenced by Zimbabwe’s shona stone sculptures.
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Gareth Nyandoro, scoops Financial Times/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award



Gareth Nyandoro won the $40,000 prize in the art category, at the second Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards held in New York on Monday. The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards recognise the most inventive and creative fiction writers, film-makers and artists from emerging market countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Go well Peter Birch


Peter Birch, who has died aged 85, was for over two generations the foremost developer of artistic talent in Zimbabwe. Along with Dulce Wesseik, he established an art school that he later moved to what had been the Acropole Hotel, a sprawling residence on the edge of Greenwood Park that had belonged to one of the then Salisbury’s (now Harare) early mayors.Here, at what was to double as his home, he enthusiastically gave classes to toddlers right through to elderly amateurs while telling stories about his early life. Continue reading Go well Peter Birch

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Metal sculptor Arthur Azevedo exhibits new stlye

'Bull' by Arthur Azevedo

Sifting through the pages of catalogues from yesteryear, one is most likely to come across the name of an artist of great repute. This artist is Arthur Azevedo; a force that has exhibited here in Zimbabwe and abroad, with his stalwart style of metal sculpture being identifiable for its minimal use of material and maximisation of anatomy being the definitive basis for Picasso’s summation of the art form; “Sculpture is the art of intelligence”
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Chataira’s unrecognised talent


Many people are familiar with the term “starving artist.” This stereotype of impoverished artists struggling to get by has been true throughout much of history. Fine art painters and metal sculptors in particular, lead this poverty-stricken crop of artists. Artists, writers and musicians can all fall into this group, which is robbed of the credit they deserve for their genius. Mbare-born Raymond Chataira, a metal sculptor, has never enjoyed the glitz and glamour of showbiz life, despite his great works of art. Speaking to The Standard Style on Wednesday, Chataira spoke about how “middlemen” in the arts sector were reaping where they did not sow.
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Zimbabwean art proves popular at FNB Jo’burg Art Fair


The FNB Johannesburg Art Fair held last week is one of Africa’s biggest contemporary art fairs and Zimbabwe is always represented at the fair. In previous years the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, via its Chief Curator Raphael Chikukwa, has been invited for the talks programme.
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Looking for an investment? African art is hotter than gold


(CNN)Amid strong demand and skyrocketing prices, contemporary African art is increasingly attracting the attention of investors worldwide. While that might irk the purest at heart among some art collectors, it is a testament to the growing interest that African artists have spurred on the international markets.
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Artists urged to embrace internet


AVAC Arts Director Terrence Musiyiwa says local artists should embrace the use of the internet to develop their business. Avac Arts is a Zimbabwe-based African visual and contemporary arts organisation that promotes African art and assists artists in sales. AVAC Arts also helps artists to be part of art promotional activities such as local, regional and international exhibitions. This is done through the use of information and communication technologies.
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Artwork of the Week: Telling Secrets By Ndandarika Joseph

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This sculpture speaks on true friendship by means of the sub rosa element which its name implies. Although somewhat malevolent, the sculpture is expressive of confidentiality, reliability and trust. The convention of trust is a human necessity that is synonymous with association, affiliation and amicability; virtues that are well definitive of friendship. All things being equal; a friend is someone in whom one can place their trust.

International Friendship Day was established to promote friendship and fellowship among all humanity; regardless of their race, colour or religion and to be recognise its relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world. It is observed on July 30 each year.

The International Day of Friendship is also based on an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today’s world. It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering development.

On this International Day of Friendship; cultivate new warm ties that strengthen humanity and promote the companionship of all.


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I will not drink again – the Rodney Badza interview


I happened to pass through First Floor Gallery Harare for the opening of Rodney Badza’s eclectic exhibition “The Creator’s Palette”. The exhibition which is a selection of his work in various media ranging from drawings, photographs, prints, illustrations, paintings, ceramics and sculptures sets Rodney in a unique class of contemporary Zimbabwean visual artists who are not afraid to stretch their creative abilities to create awe inspiring work.

Walking around the exhibition my attention sifted through the various artworks including beautiful portraits of women – some of which include family, friends and the artist’s ex-lovers and focused on a particular painting titled “I will not drink again”. The piece seemed somewhat a self-portrait of the artist half naked in side view against a psychedelic type background, hands held behind his head, facing upwards, eyes closed as if in deep thought. Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to find out a bit more about the piece. Below are excerpts of the short interview Tungamirai Zimonte (TZ) had with Rodney Badza (RB).

(TZ) What’s the story behind I will not drink again

(RB) It’s a reflection of the time I drank alcohol for the first time – which also became my last. It was at college during my 21st birthday and I just wanted to have fun, that didn’t happen though msoro waiita ku spinner baba (my head started spinning). I drank a lot of alcohol, had a lot of fun the first few minutes, and then all hell broke loose. I was in a world of pain. The rest I don’t remember, but a lot of other people do

(TZ) What where the thoughts going through your mind

(RB) Haaa everything baba, from regret, enjoyment, painful memories, hallucinations etc I was in several worlds at the same time. It was crazy

(TZ) What are your thoughts about alcohol and what advice would you give young people regarding alcohol

(RB) Well people drink for different reasons, but to me alcohol does not give exactly what it promises, so it’s a bad thing. I would advise young people to stay away from alcohol and drugs of any kind. It ruins you, I’ve been much happier without alcohol in my life. Soberness gives me more time to do more productive things.

(TZ) There’s a notion that most artists get their inspiration from alcohol and drugs what’s your comment on that and where do you derive your inspiration from

(RB) That’s not true; I know a lot of sober artists who get inspiration from sober activities. I personally am an example.

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The creators palette exhibition set to open at the First Floor Gallery Harare

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First Floor Gallery Harare will from June 1 open a unique exhibition by Rodney T Badza titled “The Creator’s Palette” at 31 Lyric Heights in Harare. This will be a show of Rodney’s work for the past four years.
The Exhibition will showcase a series of works, including drawings, photographs, prints, illustrations, paintings, ceramics and sculptures.The exhibiting artist Rodney said the theme “Creator’s Palette” tags him as the creator of his artworks and the brainchild behind each composition.

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What is a Dream Catcher?

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Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native American people. The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Nature is a profound teacher. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people.

They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers.

The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.

Originally the Native American dream catcher was woven on twigs of the red willow using thread from the stalk of the stinging nettle. The red willow and twigs from other trees of the willow family, as well as red twig dogwood can be found in many parts of the United States.

These twigs are gathered fresh and dried in a circle or pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to each web because there is only one creator in the web of life.

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Ife Masks By Traditional Artist of the Nigerian people

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National Gallery of Zimbabwe Artwork of the Week: Ife Masks By Traditional Artist of the Nigerian people

Ife masks imitated the human face as accurately and sensitively to bring out the feeling for harmony, balance and proportion. They are ceremonial masks with a great cultural and traditional significance in Africa and are considered amongst the finest creations in the art world. Thus, the masks are important instruments that aid in the consolidation of the Africa.

Ife masks are religious symbols with an important role in the life of Africans. They are insights into African life. The Objects are significant for three things the functions of African material objects, their importance and power of Africa.


Source: National Gallery of Zimbabwe

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Gallery embarks on artist portfolio review

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This June, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe will facilitate a portfolio review exercise for 20 practicing visual artists. The review is meant to augment best practise by expanding the selection of artists for the organization’s exhibitions in future. Aside from this factor the exercise is meant to bring in fresh perspectives.

Artists are recommended to participate in this portfolio review exercise for a number of factors; the input of arts industry professionals such as curators, art writers and gallerists who have a grasp on contemporary taste is by far the most crucial element of the review exercise as it gives critical feedback to the artist in order to make their body of work bolstered and increased in appeal. Arguably, the entire concept of artistic integrity stands to be impugned greatly by the notion of creating art that responds to particular tastes and this is an issue to which most artists will find themselves at loggerheads with many an art institution.

It would be, however, inequitable, in the very least to suggest that within the display of the artist’s work, a means on the side of the gallery to increase the allurement of the body of work to translate to marketability must be established. Therein in lies the purpose of the portfolio review, as it seeks to identify the wide array of artists who are as diverse in style, technique, subject matter and genre. Upon review, there would be an inclusive record of this diverse pool of artists that can create opportunities for them with regards to their chosen, or rather specialty in practice.

It is of course, a crucial for the artist to understand that the process has to be as smooth flowing as possible. A portfolio review exercise does not need the actual, physical artwork and requires either a flash disc or compact disc with a minimum of five and a maximum 10 artworks, in JPEG format, produced within the last year. Alternatively, artists may provide a physical portfolio of photographs of their work, in colour, with details of the dimensions provided therewith.

Who reviews it?
The review process, as mentioned earlier on, is comprised of individuals who have depth and understanding in visual art. The components of the reviewing team often vary in opinion as the reviewers have different perspectives on the positive and negative inclinations of each portfolio. It is noteworthy that the object of taste is critical from a Curatorial standard, whereas the value in subject can have a different magnetism to a gallerist. With the numerous perspectives available to the artist, the review exercise can serve as an interactive means between the artist and the industry to manifest best practice and standards in the sector. With regards to how the artists’ practice develops from critical review exercises, what can serve to empower the artist is the appraisal element of the exercise. It is of note that in responding to exhibitions with open calls, artists tend to focus on the quantitative domain whereby they submit as much work as they can, to some extent lacking the appeal factor for buyers.
As observed through exhibitions such as the flagship Zimbabwe Annual Exhibition, from over four-hundred submissions of work, the adjudicators thoroughly review the most engaging, appealing and qualitative artwork to present a little under a hundred works. The jury may of course, via their diverse tastes, not come to agreement on many the selection of some artworks, they do however come to terms with the highest identifier of great work; quality. The portfolio review exercise thus provides an inclusive and interactive means for the artist to meet professionals whom can provide them with direct input concerning the quality of their work. Registration for the portfolio review exercise must be completed before June 6 and the review is set to take place on June 13. Artists who have never exhibited at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe are invited to submit their portfolios.





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Now you can find Sculptures for as low as $4.50!!

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As the business continues to expand to incorporate more artists and more artworks, we have finally introduced curio sculptures prices ranging as low as $4.50.

Curios are reproducible small common artworks which have very high demand and sale faster than bigger more expensive sculptures. Curios are mostly made of soft stone. This is also in response to some of our wholesale customers who want to incorporate smaller and more affordable artworks to their collection. Sales in art are not like bread sales. Curios are a must have because they help boost sales and even out the cash flow receipts.
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