Decline in tourism affecting sculptors: Chamunorwa Manyore

The Canon Paterson Craft Center in Mbare is an artists cooperative established in 1973. Currently, it has a membership of fifty artists who work from there. According to sculptor Chamunorwa Manyore who is also the secretary for the center, the major problem facing the art collective is marketing. Manyore bemoans the dwindling number of tourists coming into…

Lawrence Arufaneti – Insights on Zimbabwe visual art scene

Lawrence Arufaneti a sculptor working from the Canon Paterson Craft Centre in Mbare believes the quality of sculpture currently being produced in Zimbabwe is much better than it was back in the past. According to him the first generation sculptors used to do very simple pieces of sculpture unlike the new generation of contemporary sculptors…

Wellington Chingondi – Insights on Zimbabwe visual art scene

Born in Mhondoro in 1977, Wellington Chingondi started sculpting in 1996 at the famous Tengenenge arts community founded by Tom Blomefield in Guruve. Inspired by the master sculptor Bernard Matemera whom he has very fond memories of,Wellington was taught sculpting by his brother in law Takawira Chikwanyanga Wellington believes sculpting is about subtraction because you…

Zimbabwe pledges 2000ha to AU for the Wakanda One village Concept

By Sydney Kawadza The Zimbabwe government has pledged 2000ha to the African Union for the Wakanda One village to be shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia as part of joint development efforts across Southern Africa. Wakanda One village is a concept that seeks to rope in Africans living in the Diaspora in spearheading development at identified…

Doreen Sibanda shares insights on the Zimbabwe visual art scene.

We passed through the National Gallery for the official opening of the exhibition “AtWork”. Mrs Doreen Sibanda, Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, shared some insights on the current state of the Zimbabwean visual art scene. Doreen believes that despite the difficulties Zimbabwe has been going through over the past few years, the…

If you want to be in art business, come to Zimbabwe: Tafunga Bonjisi

We caught up with sculptor Tafunga Bonjisi who having spent the last ten years in South Africa is back in Zimbabwe “for good” and promises fireworks on the visual art scene. Inspired by his late brother Lameck Bonjisi and Nicholas Mukomberanwa,Tafunga shares some insights on the state of the Zimbabwe stone sculpture. According to Tafunga,”If…

‘Blood Relatives’ comes to National Gallery of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition returns this year, featuring new artworks from emerging, mature and reputable artists within the borders of Zimbabwe and the Diaspora. The theme for this year’s Annual is Blood Relatives. The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition has over the past provided curatorial-based themes in a bid to stimulate the best reinterpretation through…

Art a reflection of life: Doreen Sibanda

When a thirst for excellence conquers the heart of a virtuous woman, it drives her to leap over obstacles, break barriers, surpass expectations and be a pinnacle of inspiration to many. For decades, renowned artist, author, curator and prolific arts administrator Doreen Sibanda has persistently demonstrated a passion for progress, with her diligence cumulatively vindicating…

ENJOY YOUR PET FOREVER! – Preserve the image of your dog, cat or other precious animal in an original stone sculpture

AMERICANS love their pets and consider them “part of the family.” In fact, 67% of all U.S. households include a dog or cat. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation says that means we care for 43 million pet dogs and 36 million pet cats. In fact, most Americans treat their furry four-legged “children” as well as…

Translate »