National Art Gallery students begin exhibition

HARARE - Thirty students from the National Art Gallery’s School of Visual Arts and Design began their year-end exhibition of selected artworks yesterday.

The exhibition titled Green Shoots, features students from both levels of the arts school’s two-year programme.

It includes artworks from various genres of visual arts such as painting, print-making, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Taremeredzwa Chirewa, the National Art Gallery information and public relations officer, told the Daily News yesterday that the exhibition had been running since 1975.

“It is an exhibition that demonstrates the creative skills that these young artists have acquired in the past 12 months,” said the National Art Gallery spokesman.

“The exhibition reveals that indeed, these young artists are equipped and have the necessary firm foundations from which to launch their careers or begin to work independently in their second year.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow until January 31, next year.

Interested members of the public will pay a dollar to enter into the exhibition arena.

According to Chirewa, the exhibition has been titled Green Shoots because “at this stage of their career the visual arts students are like green shoots … in their artistic practice. The exhibition signifies growth, new beginnings, emergence and new seasons.”

However, the National Art Gallery spokesperson could not readily reveal the number of pieces that would be on display as organisers were still looking at available space.

The exhibition, that is being curated by the National Art Gallery’s School of Visual Arts and Design, has been made possible through support from the Hivos-Norwegian Embassy Culture Frame.

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