Arts council mourns Nama legend Susan Hains

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has described the late veteran creative and former chairperson of the National Theatre Organisation of Zimbabwe, Susan Hains as having been instrumental in the creation of legislation which saw the establishment of the arts mother body in 1985 from the ashes of the National Arts Foundation. NACZ director…

Appeal for financial assistance towards the establishment of the Victoria Falls International Airport Sculpture Park

INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND AVAC Arts is an arts sector focused community development initiative (social enterprise) that was founded by Terrence Tawanda Musiyiwa during the year 2002. The entity was eventually registered in 2003. AVAC Arts was a necessity created after realising the opportunities and challenges faced by Chitungwiza stone sculptors. Our operations are aligned to…

Dominic Benhura Day

By Paidashe Mandivengerei UNITED STATES city of Carmel, Indiana proclaimed May 14 as Dominic Benhura day after the internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean sculptor. The proclamation is in honour of the value that Benhura’s art has added to the city’s economic development and diversity. This came after Carmel commissioned Benhura’s sculpture ‘Swing Me Higher, Mama’ made from…

Artists and creativity beyond the crisis in Zimbabwe

Imagine a world without music to comfort, uplift, inspire and give you hope! A world without drama, film, paintings or sculptures to extend your imagination! No poetry to ask the difficult questions! No literature and no craft! As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is need to spare a thought for the artists.…

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…

New and Original Stone Sculptures by Blessing Mutorozo and Personal Zenda available online

As AVAC Arts we try to support the efforts by upcoming younger artists. Please visit our online store to view new works uploaded by Personal Zenda and Blessing Mutorozo. Featured Publications: Wholesale Facility Featured Artworks: Lullaby Together we can stand Raging Fire Play with me Happy Spirit Nesting Birds (Family)    

Tashinga Majiri – At Work Exhibition

After an intensive six days of training at the National Gallery of Zimbawe participants were encouraged to interrogate their dreams. Tashinga Majiri created a hatching egg which he believes is a metaphor for his dream to become a decent artist. According to Tashinga birth is a bloody and painful yet rewarding process and he feels…

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…

Orina Ndemera (Chinhoyi University of Technology student) to hold art exhibition

CHINHOYI University of Technology (CUT) student Orina Ndemera is set to hold an art exhibition in Harare next month titled Art-imagination. The three-day exhibition will see 23 year-old Ndemera, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Creative Art and Design at CUT, showcasing her ceramic drawings, paintings, photography, fashion designs, graphic…

Bird’s eye view of Zim’s creative industry

Tsitsi Dangarembga is one of Zimbabwe’s renowned authors and filmmakers whose contribution to the development of film and book industry is immense. She has won several awards along the way for some of her films, with her novel, Nervous Conditions, scooping the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa in 1989. Dangarembga speaks to NewsDay (ND) features…

New artworks online

Visit our online store to view new products uploaded. The collection includes works by Liwanika Madamombe, Evans Chinyanya, Edious Nyagweta, Tariro Mashaire, Tawanda Seremwe, Godfrey Matungamidze, Uparty Majengwa, David Mashoko and Bernd Sakarombe. Follow link to view products: https://avacarts.com/product-category/stone-sculptures/

Creative sector asks for command arts fund

STAKEHOLDERS in the local arts sector have pleaded with government to set up a command arts and culture fund to enable the sector to catch up with the rest of world. Speaking during an arts seminar organised by Africa Innovation Trust in partnership with JIVE Zimbabwe in Harare last week, players in the arts industry…