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…

A History of Soo Piercy Artist – Adventurer – Collector

They say ones ancestors pave the way, whether by genes or tradition, Soo’s heritage was conceived of an old relative Robert Seymour, illustrator to Charles Dickens and his Pick Wick Papers. Soo was born in Zimbabwe. She painted instinctively from an early age, her parents encouraging her natural talent. A degree from Cape Town University…

Nyaude Exposes Social Ills Through Art

Talented visual artist Gresham Nyaude said he is ready to excel and change the face of the local arts industry through his works. The 29-year-old artist said he draws his inspiration from day to day activities that take place in Mbare where he resides and surrounding areas. “I am a person who grew up in…

Zimbabwe Arts Festival: Artists turn rubbish into beauty

This year Zimbabwe hosted the Harare International Festival of the Arts. In a country dealing with cash shortages, power cuts and high unemployment, artists have been striving to reveal a beauty in the environment around them. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

An 18-carat gold toilet: Italian artist’s take on ‘America’ attracts crowds at New York museum

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Art lovers have two more weeks to sit and ponder the meaning of “America”, the name given to an 18-carat gold toilet that has been on display at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for nearly a year. During that time, more than 100,000 people have paid a visit to Italian…

Winky D outshines dancehall King Beenie Man

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO GRAMMY award-winning Jamaican reggae-dancehall musician Anthony Moses Davis, popularly known as Beenie Man, left thousands of his Zimbabwean fans disappointed as he failed to perform to expectations early Sunday morning at the inaugural Spring Festival at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare. While purported to be the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man’s crown…

The new Zimbabwean Curriculum to make art compulsory in Primary and Secondary Schools

They say everyone is born an artist, this can be seen when we learn to shape letters, draw and mold objects out of clay. That art is then lost as one goes into the education system as most institutions didn’t have art classes to cultivate the passion for art at grassroots levels. That is all…