Sculptors' virtual gallery

LOCAL sculptors have taken advantage of new information and communication technologies to market their work across the globe.

The sculptors, who are all under the Avac Arts group, operate a virtual art gallery and are looking forward to setting up a physical gallery once they secure land.

Avac Arts director Terrence Musiyiwa said the space is vital for development and expansion, saying stone sculpture trade creates employment and earns the country the much-needed foreign currency.

Close to 15 sculptors are working at Musiyiwa’s backyard in Chitungwiza where a thriving gallery has been set up.

“Being largely a virtual gallery, we have been facing challenges on work space for artists. Right now, most of our artistes either work from their homes or from my backyard in Chitungwiza,” he said.
Some of the big names working with the gallery include veteran sculptors Kennedy Musekiwa and first generation sculptor Sylvester Mubayi.

Avac has made life easier for a number of artists to market and sell their wares across the world online.
Musiyiwa said in 2016 they applied for land to set up a physical gallery along Airport Road and they are appealing to the ministry of Arts and Culture to assist them.

He said while the issue is being sorted, they resorted to a virtual gallery creating opportunities for over 300 sculptors by marketing their wares online.

“This is a huge trade which can create employment and get young people off the streets through sculptor training. We have the potential to bring in the much-needed forex. We appeal to our arts ministry to step-in and help this initiative to revive a sector that could benefit a lot of people,” he said.

One of the sculptors, Kennedy Musekiwa, said space is important for one to explore their creative genius.
He hailed Avac for the virtual initiative, which he said ensures that they stay afloat during a dry spell.

Musiyiwa said once they secure land, there are plans to diverse to other forms of art, including music and other performing arts.

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