Message from the Director

May 2020

Like many other cultural institutions the world over, the National Gallery in Bulawayo (NGB) had to shut its doors in March in line with corona virus induced national lockdown regulations. While we have not been able to showcase art works through traditional displays in the Gallery, we have gone digital. The two running exhibitions are currently available online as immersive 360° virtual tours. Please follow this link for your tour: https://www.divergentlabs.co.zw/tours/ngzbyo.html

The two exhibitions spotlight children’s rights and traditional artefacts from minority ethnic communities in Matabeleland.

Meanwhile, we have used the shutdown period to reflect on the future. What is apparent is the need to scale up digital interventions. We will be investing more in training our resident and non-resident artists in digital art making and marketing as complementary skills sets to their already established creativity.

We will also be exploring online residencies as we fully appreciate that inter-country mobility will remain curtailed for the greater part of 2020.

We had to postpone what was meant to be our inaugural full scale digital art exhibition. PowerPlay will now tentatively open in October 2020.

Pleasing however is that renovation work has resumed and a more aesthetically pleasing Gallery will be one of our main deliverables in 2020.

Bulawayo Conversations, our critical thinking and debate platform, will be conducted online. Please check our social media on a regular basis for updates on exhibitions and public programming.