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…

Gomo the most important Sculptor in Zimbabwe: US Ambassador

The U.S. Embassy Harare ambassador, Brian A. Nichols heaped praises on contemporary sculptor Gideon Gomo calling him the most important sculptor in Zimbabwe. Speaking at the official opening of Nhungo, Gomo’s solo exhibition at Village Unhu on Thursday, Ambassador Nichols said Gomo is creating art that is really speaking to the moment in Zimbabwe and he is…

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…

Jay Z falls in love with Zimbabwean Art

Hip Hop mogul Sean Carter popularly known as JAY-Z recently purchased an art piece titled “Tengwe farms” by acclaimed contemporary visual artist Moffat Takadiwa. Yesterday’s edition of The New York Times posted a picture of the Hip Hop mogul standing in front of the art piece at his Roc Nation offices in Los Angeles. Zimbabwean art is highly sought…

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).…

Zimbabwe sculpture artist bullish on growth of Chinese market

by Gretinah Machingura, Zhang Yuliang HARARE, — Despite obtaining a motor mechanics diploma at a private college in Harare, Tendekai Tigere Tandi finds himself surviving on stone sculpting, something that he started as a hobby while in his pre-school age. Tandi is one of Zimbabwe’s self-taught, third-generation stone sculptors at Chitungwiza Arts Center, and he…

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…

Carl Joshua Ncube to feature at the International Festival of the Bright Minds in Pueblo, Mexico

BY PRECIOUS CHIDA TOP stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube says there is more to Zimbabwe than President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa who tend to dominate news headlines about the country. The jester who has since branded himself as a professional speaker told NewsDay Life & Style on Friday, ahead of a trip…

New Products online – October Special Promotion

Please visit our online store to view new products this October. Prices are discounted to promote International art trade this year due to low tourist arrival in the country. Wholesale Facility Featured Random Products Walking Elephant Dancers (True Lovers) An Angel visited me in my dreams (2 piece sculpture) Mukombe neHari (Gourd and Clay Drinking…

Zimbabwean Sculpture shines at Atlanta Airport, enjoys up to 22 million views per year

You may already know that Atlanta is home to DSTV’s popular news network CNN or that Atlanta is where Coca Cola the maker of your addictive fizzy drink is run from. But did you know that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL) in Atlanta, the United States, is not only the busiest airport in the world…

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…