HARARE - Green Shoots 2015, an exhibition which features the works of 42 National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) School of Visual Arts and Design graduate students, opened on January 14 and will run until February 15.
Green Shoots seeks to bring the works by these graduate students to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe audience and these works interrogate different themes which include social issues, poverty, religion and people to people relations.
“The show reflects an urgency to find a foothold in the visual art industry”, said Akim Nyakudya, Education Officer at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe during the opening ceremony. “Just like their predecessors, the likes of Chiko Chazunguza, Virginia Chihota, Portia Zvavahera, Mercy Moyo, Wallen Mapondera and many others, the young artists have clearly built a foundation on which to develop into accomplished artists in future.”
Manager for Freedom of Expression at Hivos Tambu Madzimure said that the exhibition was powerful and was a notch beyond what can be considered student work.
NGZ deputy director and chief curator, Raphael Chikukwa emphasised the significance of the exhibition. “The exhibition focuses on our school’s graduates’ development as a vehicle to measure these students’ progress and to evaluate our own core function in nurturing artistic talent and contribution to the manpower development of the visual arts subsector in Zimbabwe,” he said.
The National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design’s studios at the Beatrice Cottages in Mbare has produced reputable artists. “The school has over the years positioned itself as a hub for excellence in nurturing visual artistic talent for young Zimbabweans”, Nyakudya added. “To this end the school strives to offer relevant tuition which is nationally recognised.”
This is the third edition of the Green Shoots after last year’s initial showcase which presented the works of emerging artists enrolled at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design.
Some students were presented with awards of excellence for their art works. Shalom Kufakwatenzi was the best among first level students with Takudzwa Guzha walking away with the second prize. In the second level class, Kudzanayi Mavhura won the first prize while Anderson Nyabasa took home the second prize.
The National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design will participate at the Cape Town Art Fair from February 18 to 21, in an effort to give students international exposure.