Lazarus Takawira – The End of a Legacy

Timothy AkudaThe legacy of the Takawira brothers, John, Bernard and Lazarus made immense contributions to the Zimbabwe Sculpture movement. Unfortunately with the death of the only remaining brother Lazarus that legacy in life comes to an end. However the legacy will continue to be celebrated in their stone sculptures as much as it will be…

Sculptors carve online to survive

Travel restrictions in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic has left sculptors struggling for markets. This is largely because their products are brought mostly by tourists and art enthusiasts who travel from different countries, especially in Europe. The pandemic saw airlines being grounded, most tourism destinations closing down, while art centers were barely operational.…

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The History of Contemporary Stone Sculpture in Zimbabwe

[ All images © Chapungu Sculpture Park, harare, and may be used freely for any educational or scholarly purpose. All other uses require prior written permission.] By George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University Divergent Sources: The sculpture of contemporary Zimbabwe, which has achieved such reknown in Europe, America, and Australia, has…

Exclusive Covid-19 Sculpture Deal

Zimbabwean sculptors and players in the tourism sector have been amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is so because most of their clients were international clients. Victoria Falls as an example has basically turned into a ghost town living thousands unemployed. The Zimbabwean government has failed to cover sculptors in their…

Artists and creativity beyond the crisis in Zimbabwe

Imagine a world without music to comfort, uplift, inspire and give you hope! A world without drama, film, paintings or sculptures to extend your imagination! No poetry to ask the difficult questions! No literature and no craft! As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is need to spare a thought for the artists.…

African Ambassadors Endorse Museum Of African Liberation

By Makanaka Masenyama Th Museum of African Liberation project spearheaded by emerging pan-African think tank, Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) has been endorsed by most African states. Ambassadors from several African countries, UNESCO, Russia and senior Zimbabwe government officials attended the endorsement meeting in Harare. The meeting was held under the theme: ‘Rekindling the Spirit…

Chikukwa appointed National Gallery Executive Director

Raphael Chikukwa has been appointed as the substantive Executive director of the National Art gallery of Zimbabwe replacing long serving Director Mrs Doreen Sibanda who retired earlier this year. Chikukwa previously served the National Gallery of Zimbabwe as its Chief Curator and Deputy Director for ten years. Speaking about the role, Mr Chikukwa said: I…

US embassy praises Zimbabwe film production, Shaina

By Munashe Makuwe THE US embassy in Harare has praised the Zimbabwean film production, Shaina funded from its coffers. The New movie delivers powerful health messages through a compelling story about young Zimbabweans. Through the success of the “Inside Story” and “Lucky Specials”, USAID Collaborates with High Profile Zimbabwean actors to deliver a unique coming-of-age…

Zimbabwe’s Art Industry Hit Hard Amid Covid-19

With flights across the world grounded and non-essential businesses shut amid COVID-19, Zimbabwe’s art industry which is highly dependent on tourists spending has been devastated. The COVID-19 pandemic stopped all tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe since the end of March when the Southern African country imposed a ban on nearly all incoming passenger flights. In the…

Detective Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) of The CW’s The Flash is Zimbabwean

BY FREEMAN MAKOPA LOS ANGELES-BASED Zimbabwean actor Rick Cosnett has disclosed that his journey to become a Hollywood star did not come on a silver platter, but he travelled a difficult road. Cosnett is popularly known for his performance as Detective Eddie Thawne on The CW’s The Flash, and his role as Dr Wes Mayfield…

Types of Stones used by Zimbabwean Sculptors

Zimbabwean art is very unique to itself because of the styles and stone types used. In this article we try to describe the types of stones which are used by Zimbabwe stone sculptors. Some of the stone types are more commonly found and used such as Opal stone and Springstone. Some are still fairly new…

Culture Fund, EU unveil culture grants

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI THE Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust has called for project proposals from players in the arts and culture industry following funding by the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe to the tune of ₧300 000 to strengthen the capacity of artists. Culture Fund projects officer Simbarashe Mudhokwani said the initiative, dubbed Creative Actions…

New Stone Sculptures Available Online 03 April 2020

Howdy! We hope that we find you well and safe during these challenging times that we all face. We are trying to keep you entertained by continuously uploading new artworks and articles for you to enjoy. We have uploaded over 148 new stone sculptures from over 32 stone sclptors working and living in Chitungwiza over…

COVID-19: Mokoomba in ‘wait-and-see’ mode

DECORATED local Afro-fusion band Mokoomba’s manager Marcus Gora yesterday said the global outbreak of the virulent coronavirus (COVID-19) is a litmus test for musicians as it has shown the importance of having savings and investments to hedge them on a rainy day. Gora said that the outbreak was such a huge blow and they were…

Are you stuck at home and dearly looking for a creative outlet right now?

We believe in the therapeutic power of art during stressful times and situations. As such we will be open to ship your raw stone and finished sculpture orders during these difficult times. Be creative while relieving stress, anxiety and depression during this quarantine COVID-19 period. Carve your own Stone Sculpture Art Wholesale

Tom Blomefield Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture pioneering promoter dies.

Tom Blomefield (95) one of the initiators and pioneering promoters of contemporary Zimbabwe Shona sculpture has died in Holland. Blomefield who founded Tengenenge Art Community at his farm in Guruve in 1966 died on Wednesday morning. In a statement on facebook, his son Stephen Blomefield said his father will be sorely missed by tens of…

The Contemporary Stone Sculpture Movement of Zimbabwe and its origin

In Zimbabwe, the Shona people were traditionally known as “the People of the Mist”, since they inhabited the mist-shrouded Inyanga Mountains, from whose stone their descendants have been creating extraordinary sculpture over the past century or so. The Shona are the oldest and also the largest ethnic group in the country, and the legendary guardians…