Date set for gallery open day

HARARE - Educators, scholars, artists and art lovers will attend the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design open day on October 19 at the Harare campus on, 61 Maruta Crescent in Mbare.

The gallery’s curator Rapheal Chikukwa said, “On display will be artworks by level one and Level Two students including paintings produced under the mentorship of renowned painter John Kotze. The project was sponsored by British Council Zimbabwe.”

He however, said the school is still in need of more partners, especially with regards to art materials and equipment. The Gallery’s vision is to continue with renovations of the school to cater for more studio space.

"It is my hope that the school will be able to sustain itself now that it is registered. Many artists have come out of this school and it is my hope that it will continue to attract artists. I also appeal for the corporate sector’s support and government support. I would like to thank our current partners for their generous support," said Chikukwa.

Chikukwa announced that applications for 2013 entry open on Monday, October 15 to December 3, 2012.

The approval for registration of the school was issued in July of this year (2012) by the ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. The school, formally known as Bat and Visual Art Studios is now registered and shall be referred to as the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design (NGSVAD).

Its first campus, which is located in Mbare will still be known as the Visual Art Studios so as to maintain part of the history of the school.

The school offers two short course certificates in visual arts and design.

Students who complete level one receive a short course certificate of achievement and those who complete level two, are awarded a Short Course Certificate of Competence, both for a duration of one year.

On completion of the course students should be able to draw, paint, printmake, sculpt, design, photograph and independently create artworks in their chosen major and minor.

The students are also exposed to theoretical material related to the visual arts.

Applying students are required to have the ability to read and write English, show interest in art as a subject, a portfolio of at least 10 artworks as well as 50 percent pass rate for practical and theory subjects for level one and a minimum age of 16 years.

The history of the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design goes back to 1962 when the then director of the National Gallery of Rhodesia, Frank McEwen opened a workshop school.

Chikukwa said the objective of the school was to provide material for exhibitions and help the Gallery stage shows overseas. It was also intended for the staff to produce artworks which would be sold in the sales shop as it was self-supporting. - Entertainment Writer

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