Category Archives: Bulawayo Conversations

dialogue with invited Art practitioner, interaction between resident and non-resident artists tackling issues relevant to the creative circles.

This November on 75 Main street Bulawayo

We wish to thank you for subscribing to the National gallery Newsletter, as you have notice not much news has been coming your way lately this was due to some staffing challenges at the gallery. I am Cliford Zulu the Bulawayo Curator Assistant to chief Curator NGZ i wish to let you know that we are revisiting the Sabona newsletter that was started by our late Regional Director Dr Yvone Vera. the news letter will be issued over two months and will cover NGZ and Friend Of the Gallery, administration, general art in Bulawayo artist interviews current and forthcoming exhibitions and activities etc.

This November we will host two exhibitions and a Bulawayo Conversations

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Guest speaker Nonhlanhla Mathe and Cliford Zulu two artists that took park in international workshops and exhibition in Norway and UK respectively  the conversation will be held on 18 November 2013 for more details visit

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On 22 November 2013 the gallery will once again host the Voices in Colour project an this year the exhibition will be preceded by a workshop  Voices in Colour: connecting contemporary cultures – Art Exhibition The exhibition ‘Reciprocal Narratives about Place about Home’, curated by Mthabisi Phili, showcases artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Germany and the UK Voices in Colour: connecting contemporary cultures – Art Exhibition

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On 28 November 2013 the artists in Bulawayo will for the 27th time exhibit contemporary works of art and craft in the annual VAAB 27th annual exhibition 2013 title VISUAL IMPACT – THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE. The exhibition is expected to be officially opened by the president of one of the Rotary clubs in Bulawayo. On the opening night of the exhibition the association honours outstanding works of art through cash and material awards.

The Visual Artist’s Association is a grouping of artists in and around Bulawayo administered by a voluntary committee elected every three years. Since the inception of the association in 1983 VAAB continues with activities that seek to fulfil the vision of the association and has made huge strides in improving the livelihood of the sector in this region and country at large. Over the years VAAB together with partners has managed to survive the test of time hence the artists in Bulawayo are now ready to take the VAAB to another level contemporary and relevant to the present day administration of the group.

Over the 27 years of exhibition we have not managed to celebrate the great artists Bulawayo and the country has, hence this application for your support. We are seeking cash prices for the following categories

YOUNG ARTIST OF PROMISE: this award is given to a young artist who have shown creative development in his or her work throughout the year and has potential for success proposed award

BEST FEMALE ARTIST: in an effort to uplift and instil confidence to our female artists who against all odds ventured into the male dominated sector. We wish to celebrate these courageous artist who will inspire other females to practise art without fear of intimidation, this should secure enough art  materials for the next coming first quarter of 2014 and also enable conducive space for creativity.

OVERALL BEST WORK 2013: This is the grand award given to the artist who has displayed confidence, maturity, creativity, innovation and eloquence. This award automatically becomes the VAAB entry to the National Arts Merit Awards N.A.M.A organised by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe every February. Also this award enables us to second the artist name for consideration to the Venice Biennale Zimbabwe Pavilion 2015 and the Dark Art Biennale in Senegal 2014.

These awads will boost the confidence of other players in the sector to consider supporting the work of the artist and enabling other artists to be proud creatives that inspire contemporary design and style for your business or programmes


Outstanding 2 and 3 Dimensional work award

Outstanding craft/ design of innovative work award

Outstanding Video/ photography award

BULAWAYO community is invited to come and support the artists on the 28th and we call upon the business community to support the awards through the association

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Cliford Zulu Curator NGB

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Bulawayo Conversations has become an integral part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s activities. These Conversations are platforms for discussion that are facilitated by art professionals and open to the community.

It is our way of providing an interesting space in which the public is welcome to come and      discuss debate and learn about a variety of art related topics. Though our focus is primarily on visual art related issues, Bulawayo Conversations explores other forms of art as well.

The Conversations are held at least once a month in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe John Knight Cinema. Recently, those who have presented at the talks include curators and visiting artists from all over the world. Our topics have diversified as we have talked about numerous issues ranging from performance art in Africa, craft versus fine art in the context of stone sculpture and the restoration process of the Chris Ofili paintings that were donated to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.




Date: 28 February 2013,

Title:    Southern African Visual Arts Festival at the UNWTO and Beyond:


Time: 1500hrs to 1700hrs


 John Knight Cinema Library

Speakers: Chief Curator NGZ, ZTA officials

For more Details please contact 0970721, e-mail: