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.…

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…

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…

‘Blood Relatives’ comes to National Gallery of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition returns this year, featuring new artworks from emerging, mature and reputable artists within the borders of Zimbabwe and the Diaspora. The theme for this year’s Annual is Blood Relatives. The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition has over the past provided curatorial-based themes in a bid to stimulate the best reinterpretation through…

Zimbabwean Museums Risk Collapse

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) deputy director and chief curator, Raphael Chikukwa has said museums in the country risk collapse due to a raft of factors, including poor management and lack of funding. Chikukwa, who was speaking at a discussion on the future of African museums during the International Museums Day on Friday last week,…

A Groundbreaking Congress in Zimbabwe

The International Congress for African Culture (ICAC) brought scores of international art practitioners and scholars to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1962 to discuss the global influence of art from Africa. Despite taking place in a still colonized territory, the event went on to change the course of the arts on the African continent. However,…

Zimbabwe visual arts industry in doldrums

HARARE – There is no respite in sight for Zimbabwe’s struggling visual arts sector which has suffered for over a decade due to the decrease in tourist arrivals and diminished demand for art works in Europe and other markets. Just last week Gallery Delta, which was established in Harare by Derek Huggins and his wife…