Isaac Choloka shares his insights on Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Working from his base at Chitungwiza Arts Centre, Isaac Choloka is a towering figure just like the massive sculptures he loves to carve. Choloka started off as a cartoonist. One of his big sculptures had been selected to be put up at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa but in an unfortunate twist of events the…

Simon Samhere shares his insights on Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Simon Samhere is your typical Shona Sculpture who is true to the culture. He believes it’s his duty to remind Zimbabweans of their culture and traditions as most people have lost respect for their culture and have been swallowed up by Western culture. Simon was initiated into sculpture by his brother Caleb Samhere and the…

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…

Cultural Trust to launch Cultural Expo

BY DUDUZILE NDLUKULWANI MATABELELAND Cultural Awards Trust will this year host an inaugural two-day cultural expo themed Umthwentwe from May 25 to 26 in Bulawayo in a bid to revive and safeguard the region’s cultural traits. In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, the trust’s chief executive officer Philani Ncube said they were inviting…

Festival set to bring spark to showbiz

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO A NEW international festival of dance, Mafuwe, is set to light up the showbiz scene from August 16 to 18 in Harare, at a time a lot of festivals are folding due to the economic meltdown. The festival, to be held under the theme Invisible Boundaries, is the brain child of Germany-based…

NGZ calls for women exhibition entries

BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO THE National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) is inviting artworks from local female artists and those in the diaspora for this year’s women’s exhibition titled Balance for Better: Redesigning the Woman’s Space, running from March 22 to May 20 in Harare. In a statement, NGZ deputy director and chief curator Raphael Chikukwa said…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sculpture depicts Zimbabwe economic crisis

Reality imitates art sometimes and other times art imitates reality as captured by oppressed/thoughtful an abstract sculpture by Edmore Sango. Sango believes quite a number of Zimbabweans are not so happy and they are always thoughtful because of the economic hardships. “The money they earn is not enough, they think a lot during month ends trying…

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…

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…

Sculptors need more spaces to work from: Personal Zenda

Personal Zenda is a stone sculptor based at Chitungwiza Arts Centre. He joined the Arts Centre in 2013 working as an assistant to Tamuka Njanji washing and polishing his sculptures. Now a sculptor himself, Percy as he is popularly known makes sculptures in the form of human and many other figurative creations. Percy believes that…

Ambrose Shambare calls for stiffer penalties on copyright infringement

Copy cats are a menace in the visual art scene and Ambrose Shambare does not hide his disdain for people who copy other peoples work. Despite copyright laws being present Ambrose does not see their effective implementation and accuses some buyers of fueling the scourge in an effort to pay less and short change original…

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…