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…

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…

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

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…

Murewa centre hosts Mvura Naya Naya fest

MUREWA Culture Centre will on March 27 host the inaugural one-day Mvura Naya Naya festival in commemoration of the United Nations’ World Water Day. In a statement, festival co-ordinator Chief NeChombo yesterday said the initiative was aimed at positioning the tangible and intangible cultural heritages as it is taken out of the phrase Mvura Naya…

Zimbabwe sculptor’s fame written in stone, worldwide

By Nelson Banya Harare — When Dominic Benhura started creating traditional Zimbabwean stone sculptures as a teenager four decades ago, he never imagined that art would bring him fame or fortune. Born to a poor family in Murewa, 90km northeast of Harare, Benhura is now a globally acclaimed artist and a leading proponent of the…

New Sculptures from the Chitungwiza Sculptor Community

For the month of March we are going to be uploading artworks from the Chitungwiza Arts community. We decided to focus more on larger and very unique sculptures from the centre. The guys are doing some very good work there. For a minute you actually forget all about whats happening around the world with the…

Artists urged to study the constitution

BY TENDAI SAUTA CHITUNGWIZA Arts Centre vice-chairperson Winston Nyekete last week said meaningful partnerships and linkages in the creative sector were important to ensure the realisation of artists’ rights envisaged in the country’s Constitution. Speaking at the centre where artists from various disciplines and members of the community, vendors and counsellors discussed the Constitution, Nyekete…

Carl partners SA firms for Love Africa Festival, Maboneng (South Africa)

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO AWARD-WINING stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube has struck a partnership with a South African real estate firm and Feel Good Africa for the launch of an inaugural week-long Love Africa festival scheduled for May 25 to 31 in Maboneng, Johannesburg. Ncube, who is the festival director and curator, said the fete will…

Art keeps our culture alive: Kirsty Coventry

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO YOUTH, Sport, Arts and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry says the country has hidden gems that must be unearthed, polished and showcased to the world. The former swimming gold medalist made the remarks on Twitter as she posted a video of pupils dressed in national flag colours dancing to the popular Mbende-Jerusarema at…

AVAC Arts Emails @avacarts.com now functional

We would like to advise all our clients that our email info@avacarts.com is finally up and running thanks to the help of a good friend Patrick Makamure from Visit Zimbabwe. We have had challenges with our previous hosts over non-performance  on their part resulting in the company using ttmusiyiwa@gmail.com as our main business email address…

Zimbabwean Sculptors Struggle To Make Living Despite Low Prices and Forgeries

By Tatenda Kanengoni, GPJ Zimbabwe MVURWI, ZIMBABWE — Sitting atop a large serpentine stone, his back slightly curved, Passmore Mupindiko continually hammers his chisel until ashy fragments fall away and the shape of a mermaid appears. Close by, a vehicle pulls up to drop off more large stone sculptures, briefly drowning out the sculptor’s hammering.…

Start your own Art business trading in Zimbabwe Stone sculptures

Do you want to start a business in the art & craft industry? If YES, we have a wholesale facilty that will entitle you to trade discounts. Our artist network is composed of over 200 sculptors working in and around Harare and Chitungwiza. Please visit our online store to view new works available. We would appreciate getting feedback…

Tom Blomefield was a crook: Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi is one of the remaining First Generation of Zimbabwe Shona Stone Sculptors still living. We caught up with him at his studio in Chitungwiza where he shared with us his art journey which began as a serendipitous encounter with the maverick art promoter Tom Bloomfield in the streets of the former Salisbury (Harare).…