The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has a strong curatorial team headed by the Chief Curator Raphael Chikukwa in Harare assisted by Cliford Zulu in Bulawayo. The curatorial department is responsible for conceiving and realizing the exhibitions in the Gallery. This Department through the Curator works with the acquisition team, bringing works to the team for acquisition. Currently, the Curatorial Department is advising the acquisition team to invest funds to acquire works from notable Zimbabwean and African artists because most of these works are in Western Museums.
The department also runs international programmes that include, research, exhibitions, artist talks, curatorial seminars, traveling exhibitions, and exchanges programs.
The Curatorial department plays a critical role in the day-to-day running of the Gallery programmes and including the Resident Artists Development Programme for local and visiting artists and independent artists studio visits in the region and throughout Zimbabwe. Each year the Curatorial Department seeks to strengthen and build new relationships with those who want to see the Gallery growing. With your support, we are not alone in our dream to change the contemporary visual arts landscape in Zimbabwe
About the Curator, Cliford Zulu joined the Gallery in 2006 as the Arts Development and Outreach Officer in 2011 he was elevated to the position of Assistant Curator NGZ responsible for the Bulawayo Gallery. His experience as a curator includes being Managing the Zimbabwe Pavilion in the inaugural participation by Zimbabwe at the 54th international Venice Biennale 2011. http://www.nationalgallery.co.zw/venice/
In May 2012, Zulu spent a week with other emerging African curators from countries such as Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, and Angola, in the 10th Dakar Biennale.
His first curatorial project was a commission to curate the “The Spirit of Friendship” group exhibition of 11 African contemporary artists, curated by Cliford Zulu, Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe opened this past June 21 in Harare (Zimbabwe) and will remain at the headquarters of la Fundación Gabarrón of Valladolid until November 15, 2012, travelled to New York in the month of December and exhibited at the New York location of The Gabarron Foundation. 11 artists participated in the group exhibition. The jury was made up of Salvador Andrés Ordáx, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Valladolid; Cristóbal Gabarrón Betegón, Artist; Cris Gabarrón Cabero, President of the Board of the Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation; Julio César García Rodríguez, Curator of la Fundación Gabarrón; Marina García Sánchez, Cultural Manager of the Spanish Embassy in Harare; Águeda Sanfiz, Cultural Attaché of the Spanish Consulate in New York; Victoria Tur Gómez, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Spanish Embassy in Harare; Cliford Zulu, Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. http://gabarron.org/Valladolid/Exhibitions/CurrentExhibitions/TheSpiritofFriendship/PressRelease/tabid/1571/Default.aspx
Zulu a sculptor traveled to the UK in September and October of 2013 for a 10 day curatorial and artists’ workshop. The UK presented a great opportunity to visit galleries and exhibition spaces in London and Wales http://www.popty.org.uk/
In 2014 Zulu was back in Senegal for a 35 day ASIKO International Art School in Dakar invited by the Centre for Contemporary Arts of Lagos Nigeria (CCA, Lagos) Directed By Bisi Silva. The 4th edition was titled “A History of contemporary arts in Dakar in 5 weeks” the ASIKO school was held alongside Africa’s contemporary art space, the 11th edition of the Dak Art Biennale. http://www.asikoartschool.org/centre-for-contemporary-art-lagos-at-dakart-2014/
In May 2015 Zulu participated in the International Curatorial Intensive Marrakech Morocco designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, conversations, and presentations that support the process of developing an idea for an exhibition or program into a full proposal. It brought together emerging curators from the Maghreb and around the world for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop curatorial projects, and consider the local context and artistic production. http://curatorsintl.org/intensive/curatorial-intensive-in-marrakech
Currently Cliford is conducting a research project on the History of Art in Zimbabwe Starting in Bulawayo 1947 to 2015. read more http://clifordzulu.blogspot.com/
In July 2017, I was part of the 25 curators and creative practitioners in the TateIntensive 2017 Art matters is an interesting programme that focused on key questions facing art galleries and museums in the twenty-first century. The intensive in a spirit of exchange and collaboration, brought together 25 selected participants from around the world. I was a platform to share knowledge and exchanging ideas
concerning the current practice, as well as discussing new approaches to curating, programming, audience development, governance and digital technology. The most important aspect was to join an ongoing network with potential for future collaborations. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/course/tate-intensive-art-matters
In June 2018 I Curated an exhibition titled BulaDeen in Aberdeen Scotland as part of the Twinning arrangements between Bulawayo and Aberdeen, the exhibition was hosted by the Suttie Arts Space in Partnership with Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust http://www.ghat-art.org.uk/buladeen-curated-by-cliford-zulu-national-gallery-ofzimbabwe/
In 2019 I worked on a project titled: Echoing Silences: Zimbabwe as a Metaphor by Andreas Wutz in Munich Germany, for more details click