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…

Shona Sculpture highly valued beyond Zimbabwe

By Kumbirai Tarusarira In recent decades Zimbabwe has become globally recognised for its arts and sculpture and it is one of the African countries that stands firm in appreciating its culture. Shona sculpture has become world famous, having first emerged in the 1940s. The most common subjects of carved figures include stylised birds and human…

Lack of funding crippling artists in Zimbabwe

BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO YOUTH, Arts, Sport and Recreation deputy minister Yeukai Simbanegavi has admitted  that the Arts Development Fund was moribund and needed to be revamped to extend a lifeline to artists from different disciplines to bankroll their projects. Artists, who included award-winning filmmaker Melgin Tafirenyika, actor Albert Charichafa Brown, former PPC Imaginarium award winner…

New Stone Sculptures available online

Please visit our website to view new works available from our online store. Featured artists include Edson Kangadza, Witness Bonjisi, Donald Chapenga, Tawanda Kapusi and John Monera. We hope you will enjoy the collection and we greatly would appreciate gettting feedback from you. Here is wish you a great week!!!! Featured Stone Sculptures: Naturally beautiful…

The other side of Oliver Mtukudzi

By Robert Mukondiwa There is an Oliver Mtukudzi. He was in the media and was celebrated immensely when he passed on last week in all forms of mass communication. He read like a saint. In other insinuations he read like a sinner. One would wonder who was Oliver Mtukudzi really. Yet Tuku would be interpreted…

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…

Artists Gear Up For 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards

The annual PPC Imaginarium Awards is gearing up for its 2019 edition in Zimbabwe. Online registrations that opened in July 2018 were closed 30 November 2018 and all is set for the next phase of the competition that is open to entrants in the creative arts. This prestigious competition challenges artists to test their skills…

Art has potential to raise foreign currency for Zimbabwe: Victor Mutongwizo

We went out to the Canon Paterson Crafts Centre in Mbare and caught up with Victor Mutongwizo a Shona Sculptor who has been working there since 1977. The seasoned artist is a founding member and former chairperson of the centre.   Mike Tyson, Miles Davies and Danny Glover own pieces by Victor Mutongwizo   Victor…

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…

Zimbabwe-India ICT conference – Major boost for Zim’s ICT sector

India has expressed interest in partnering Zimbabwe in the growth of information communication technologies (ICT). The call was made at the Zimbabwe-India ICT Conference held in the capital under the theme, “Zimbabwe – India Bridging the Digital Divide” where a business delegation from the Indian ICT sector met with local players. The Confederation of Indian…

Croisi Europe African Dream luxury boat launched in Kariba, Zimbabwe

Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has inaugurated the French-owned and Zimbabwe assembled luxury boat, the African Dream, built at a cost of $2,5 million dollars. The luxury cruise boat, inaugurated in Kariba, is the first to be assembled in Africa on behalf of the Schimitter family, which owns 54 other boats across the world.…

Hivos Call for Proposals: Creative Audio-Visual Online Expression in 21st Century Southern Africa

Region: Hivos Southern Africa Office: Harare, Zimbabwe; Lusaka, Zambia or Lilongwe, Malawi Hours: Apply before: September 19, 2018 Hivos Southern Africa is seeking proposals from artistic collectives, creative hubs and groups of creative content makers in the audio-visual sectors.  These proposals are geared to support the production of more independently creative audio visual artistic content.…

Zimbabwe’s ‘Mother and Child’ sculptor (Dominic Benhure)

Dominic Benhura is an internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean artist who has made a name for himself with his unique mother and child stone sculptures. His works have been exhibited at galleries across the world and have sold at auction for tens of thousands of dollars. He talked to the BBC at his studio in Harare and…

Call for a comprehensive arts policy in Zimbabwe

By Zandile Zaza Ndlovu Zimbabwe Arts practitioners have made an urgent call for the establishment of a comprehensive arts policy that will guide operations within the sector. A dearth of arts policies that speak to artistes, lack of knowledge on various art forms by local consumers and challenges on building and harnessing audiences locally and…

History of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community and how Bloemfield wanted to keep it in the dark ages

Tom Bloemfield is eulogized for having ‘persuaded’ his farm workers to, “try their hand at sculpture” purely for altruistic reasons; out of concern for their livelihoods and after he became aware of a huge deposit of black serpentine (rock) situated on a hill on his farm. This, however, is a fallacy. His farm workers were…

Contribution of art to travel, tourism and the Zimbabwe economy

BY SIMBARASHE RUSSELL SIYAKURIMA To argue the contribution of art in travel and tourism, one has to understand the two factors in question. Art and Tourism. In very simplistic terminology, Travel and Tourism has to do with the sightseeing, exporting the scenic national natural beauty, promoting international understanding through popular cultural exchange programs, etc. The…