Category Archives: Exhibitions: Current & Forthcoming

Pachipamwe Retrospective Exhibition : Cyrene Mission

We are putting together the works produced and donated by participants of the Pachipamwe International Artist Workshops around the country in particular the two held at Cyrene Mission. The exhibition will also feature the 4 works by British Artist Chris Ofili that where restored by Natasha Walker a restorer from Tate Modern and an Ofili expert  2011, through the facilitation and support by the British Council in Zimbabwe. The exhibition will also show works by  Berry Bickle, Voti Thebe, Varian Edwards, Antonio E Costa, Japhet Funwayo, Rashid Jogee, Marvrvelous Mangena, George Nene, Stephen Williams, David Koloane, the late Bill Ainsle, Veryan Edwards and Hercules Viljoen among others.

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Throughout the African continent, workshops are contributing to the generation of contemporary forms of the visual arts.’ This is particularly true in Zimbabwe, where collaborations and workshops continue to provide influential support for many artists. Understanding contemporary art provides an excellent foundation for the introduction of an alternative model: the Pachipamwe International Art Workshop. Pachipamwe (in Shona, “We come together again”) was initiated by artist Pat Pearce who after realising the unevenness of art in Zimbabwe after Independence. She worked with the founders of the Triangle International Workshops, Anthony Caro and Robert Loder and collaborated with a committee of Zimbabweans, including writer Diana Mitchell and sculptor Tapfuma Gutsa, to start the project.

pachipamwe participants group photo CyreneThe first Pachipamwe workshop was held at Murewa Culture House in 1988. The second Pachipamwe, underwritten by an array of sponsors, was held at the historic Cyrene Mission, south of Bulawayo, the following year and provided an inspiring setting for the workshop. The mission is a vanguard of modern art training located in the outskirts of Bulawayo in the Matobo District, home of the Matopo National Park with massive granite outcrops, many with wonderful prehistoric Bushmen paintings. The artistic legacy of Cyrene Secondary School is historically significant. It was here in 1939 that missionary Canon Paterson first introduced formal art education in painting and sculpture (including stone) young people in the region. His aim was to encourage a local visual interpretation of the Christian narrative.

The exhibition has inspired the need to revive the Pachipamwe workshop planned for September 2016

Ref: Pachipamwe II: The Avant Garde in Africa?
Author(s): Elsbeth Court  PHOTO BERT HEMSTEEDE

The strange case of the missing elephant dung painting

Cliford Zulu Curator


Hloniphani Dube soloSecond time around running solo, the curatorial team presents Noah Hloniphani DUBE’s latest work in an exhibition titled The Birth of DIALOISM.  All members and friends of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe are cordially invited to the private viewing of the exhibition before opening to the public on Thursday 10 December at 5:30pm. Pick up your invitation card at the Reception 


On Thursday 22 October @ 1730hrs, we will open a solo exhibition ” Looking Beyond Vision” by resident artist Talent Kapadza

Looking beyond vision poster talent Kapadza“Kwacha Its a New Dawn” is a group exhibition featuring the local and visiting artists work to open on Thursday 29 October 2015 @ 1730hrs, this will be a great opportunity to welcome to the Gallery the New Director of the Alliance Francaises of Bulawayo

Mr. Phillipe Durand-Masse


Also this October!!

we are pleased to partner with Early Entertainment is once again unleashing a theatrical masterpiece under
the title “Voices In My Head”.

The Elliot Moyo penned story follows Mandy;
an outwardly normal young wife with a not-so-normal set of split
personalities which tend to take on physical form. Haunted by her father’s
abandonment of her mother, Mandy lives trapped in a state of constant fear,
which her husband Mtha helplessly falls victim to. With her perfect
marriage on the line, Mandy and her ever warring personalities must strike
a balance before their whole world crumbles around them. Keep the 31st of
October open because it’s a Saturday evening you will NOT want to miss.
Directed by Elliot Moyo, Co-Produced by Mhle Nzima, and supported by the
National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo as well as Alliance Francaise de
Bulawayo, the play features a vibrant young cast of professionals and
first-timers whose names you will not want to forget.

Co-Producer :

Voices In My Head (FINAL POSTER)

                        For More details do not hesitate to contact us on 00263 9 70721 or                                            email:

Zimbabwe Annual Independence Exhibition


We are happy to present Phindu’phenduke, inaugural Zimbabwe Annual independence celebration exhibition to run from 1 to 24 May 2015. Please join us for a preview on Thursday 30 April 2015 staring at 1730hrs. Mr Cain Mathema Minister, Matebeleland North Provincial Affairs will give opening remarks


In 35 years of Zimbabwe’s independence in 2015, the National Gallery in Bulawayo is celebrating the annual event through an exhibition titled Phindu’Phenduke. We are engaging the nation to remember the struggle of freedom and revive the spirit of Ubuntu/uhnu, by celebrating our cultural diversity and shared history, further enriching the nation’s cultural heritage and tangible visual culture. The exhibition is making statements concerning our social developments, environmental surroundings and cultural inheritance.” Largely responding to the question; what does the Zimbabwe independence mean to an artist?

Phindu’Phenduke is a commonly used term in Bulawayo that describes the country’s annual independence celebrations held since 1980, it translates to (re occurring again).   The definition of the word independence in this context, implies a tradition, inheritance, legacy, culture and customs or one’s visual perspective of Zimbabwe’s independence. Phindu’ Phenduke aims to be a contemporary guide for creative modernisation and growth driving to preserve cultural archives of the country’s inventive activities in the post-independence Zimbabwe, over the passage of time.  The exhibition features the work of resident artists and a selection from the permanent collection.

The exhibition is being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, one of the largest and most beautiful spaces for contemporary art in the country from 30 April to 24 May, 2015.


BACOSSI – silent auction of uncollected works at the NGB

An artwork is the pride of the creator and institutions such as the gallery embraces these works of art through collecting and exhibitions, it is through such platforms that consumers of the magnificent works that the interaction begins. For some time now the gallery has been keeping artworks submitted to exhibitions and never collected when the exhibition concludes. The gallery is conducting a silent auction of the works to defray storage and handling expenses through an exhibition titled Baccosi

The artworks will be sold at an first come basis with the base price of USD 20.00 on all of the work. the auction will end on 30 April 2015

for more details

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Invitation Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes Exhibition

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Dear friends and colleagues, Chers ami(e)s et collègues,

On the occasion of the Francophonie Festival 2015, the Embassy of Canada, in cooperation with the Alliance Française of Bulawayo, is pleased to present in Bulawayo the caricature exhibition Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes La liberté d’expression à grands traits Since 2001, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) have organized an annual international competition for editorial cartoons promoting freedom of expression and freedom of the media. Over 700 cartoons are received each year from all over the world. The exhibit Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes presents some of the best editorial cartoons received since the beginning of the competition.

Depuis 2001, la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO et le Comité canadien pour la liberté de la presse mondiale (CCLPM) organisent chaque année un concours international de dessins éditoriaux visant à promouvoir la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. Plus de 700 dessins sont reçus chaque année de partout à travers le monde. L’exposition La liberté d’expression à grands traits présente une sélection de dessins parmi les meilleurs reçus depuis le début de la compétition.

You are cordially invited to attend the official opening of the exhibition in Bulawayo at the National Gallery –75 Corner Joshua N M Nkomo Street (Main Street) and Leopold Takawira Ave This Thursday 26 March at 1730hrs


Open Call: Phindu’Phenduke Zimbabwe Independence celebration 2015

Open call: Submission dates, 6 to 17 April 2015zimbabwean flag

National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo

In celebrating 35 years of Zimbabwe’s independence in 2015, the National Gallery is inviting submissions to the Phindu’Phenduke Annual exhibition and full participation by artists throughout the country at the same time engaging the nation to revive the spirit of Ubuntu/uhnu, by celebrating our cultural diversity and shared history, further enriching the nation’s cultural heritage and tangible visual culture. The exhibition is expected to make statements concerning our social developments, environmental surroundings and cultural inheritance.” What does the Zimbabwe independence mean to you? Phindu’Phenduke is a commonly used name in Bulawayo that describes the country’s annual independence celebrations held since 1980, it translates to (come back again). The definition of the word independence in this context, implies a tradition, inheritance, legacy, culture and customs or one’s visual perspective of Zimbabwe’s independence. Phindu’ Phenduke will aim to be seen as a contemporary guide for creative modernisation and growth driving to preserve cultural archives of the country’s inventive activities in the post-independence Zimbabwe, over the passage of time.
With this in mind;
Submissions to the Phindu’ Phenduke Zimbabwe Exhibition 2015 can be made by any artist Zimbabwean aged over 18 years. Submitted artworks may fall into a wide range of genres associated with art and design these include painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, design, craft, sound and any new media. Submissions must reach the National Gallery in Bulawayo between Monday 6 and Friday 10 April 2015.
Jury awards
It is intended that the Phindu’ Phenduke Annual Exhibition 2015 will include a broad range of competencies from the fields of art and design, the jurors will be selected accordingly. The jury will nominate 3 artists for 1 award: The National Solo Award. The award recognize overall artistic quality and relevance, and will be granted on the opening day of the exhibition. The solo award will be submitted in the 2015 National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) and accompanied by a Free NGZ membership subscription for 2015 and trophy.
The exhibition will be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, one of the largest and most beautiful spaces for contemporary art in the country starting on 30 April at 1730hrs and run until 24 May, 2015,

Further information
for additional information, please contact: Cliford Zulu, Exhibition Curator,
NGB 75 Joshua N M Nkomo Street Bulawayo, T +263 9 70721 /,

Conditions of entry
1. All entries must be titled with the correct English name. Only use other vernacular where there is no English name. Trivial and/or politically motivated titles are not acceptable, and will result in disqualification.
2. All Artworks must convey positive messages of Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations. References of what the artwork is reflecting must be indicated in all photography work, any manipulation must be confined to exposure adjustments and the removal of minor blemishes or distractions.
3. Work accepted in previous exhibitions will not be eligible regardless of which section it was entered into.
4. Entering this exhibition assumes that you have agreed to the promotion of Ubuntu/Uhnu through the exhibition
5. Copyright of all artworks remains with the Artist. The Gallery may collect some work for the permanent collection, arrangements will be communicated to the artist(s)
6. Acceptance of entries will be notified by a report card which will be emailed or posted to all entrants.
7. Whilst every care will be taken of all entries submitted, the Gallery and its partners or sponsors cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage of artworks during the course of the exhibition, artists are strongly encouraged to insure their work against loss of damage.
8. The back or bottom of each artwork entered must bear a label clearly fastened indicating; title, medium, price name and address of the artist, together with the number of entries submitted say 1,2,3 etc
9. All work must be ready to hang with thin a wire at the back and all sculptures must be stable and ready for display, due to limited resources digital art works must be accompanied with all the gadgets need to exhibit the work
10. Please collect entry form and submit together with the artist statement and biography for the catalogue info
Entry form can be sent in Word form through the email

for more details Please contact the Curator on 09 70721, 0772896508

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basket case II

National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo and the EUNIC Zimbabwe Cluster, are pleased to announce Basket Case II, a visual art, design and crafts exhibition curated by Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Christine Eyene, Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art, University of Central Lancashire. The exhibition features new commissions by artists Ifeoma Anyaeji (Nigeria), Alexandra Bircken (Germany), Tapfuma Gutsa (Zimbabwe), Delaine Le Bas (United Kingdom), Michel Paysant (France) as well as designers matali crasset (France) and Sebastian Herkner (Germany). This exhibition is the outcome of a series of artist residencies and design workshops held from April to July 2014 in various locations in Zimbabwe. The artists and designers have collaborated with five weaving communities: Binga Craft Centre (Binga), Bulawayo Home Industries (Bulawayo), Lupane Women’s Centre (Lupane), Zienzele Foundation (Masvingo) and STEP Trust (Honde).

The curatorial concept developed during the preparation of this project consisted in interrogating the basket as an object encapsulating notions of container and content, and looking at weaving both as a technical and conceptual process. It also extended to metaphorical interpretations such as weaving as a form of writing, the “thread” as a narrative, and intertwinement as a cross cultural encounter.

The resulting art works and objects are multidisciplinary and blend Zimbabwean regional weaving traditions, knowledge and skills with contemporary art and design. While each of the pieces embrace weaving as a common artistic language, they also bear the distinctive mark of each participant.

Tapfuma Gutsa whose interest in weaving dates back to the first edition of Basket Case in 2010, worked with Honde weavers to create pieces that are organic, geometrical, at once abstract and resembling intimate parts of the male and female body, while evoking shapes of objects commonly used locally.

Michel Paysant’s work entitled The Blake Project was developed in collaboration with Josiane Paysant and Harare-based French photographer Eric Gauss. Paysant explored possible relations between typography and weaving and focused on the digital/weaving interface.  The forms are simple, quasi abstract, almost illegible, and compose the first verse of one of William Blake’s most famous poems from Auguries of Innocence: “To see a world in a grain of sand”. A selection from the 20-square-meter installation conceived for the National Gallery, Harare, has been specifically adapted for the Bulawayo showcase. Presented here are the photographic portraits taken by Eric Gauss of each weaver holding their basket designed by Michel Paysant.”

Ifeoma Anyaeji’s Asiwafuni Amavila (we don’t want lazy people) is a four-panel room divider made of Ilala leaves, sisal, plastic bags, discarded plastic bottles, and wood found in Lupane. Anyaeji is well known for her method of upcycling, using plastic bags turned into “plasto-yarn”, and repurposing African hair threading.

Alexandra Bircken revisited her B.U.F.F. series – ‘Big’, ‘Ugly’, ‘Fat’ and ‘Fellow’, referring to ‘B-52’ bombers by American Soldiers – using Ilala.

Delaine Le Bas’ Hear Her Roar, a Tonga adaptation of Queen Victoria’s gown with a leopard face weaved in collaboration with five master weavers in Binga includes additional sculpted elements and a soundscape by British music producer Justin Langlands. This piece and Bircken’s B.U.F.F. both speak to notions of power, warfare and empire.

Matali crasset’s Gourd Family was inspired by the gourd basket, an iconic shape recurrent in Bulawayo weaving style. She used it as a generic shape to explore the multiple forms and objects that could derive from it, ranging from bags to original household objects combining aesthetics and functionality.

Sebastian Herkner experimented with two prominent traditions in Binga: basketry and clay pottery. Collaborating with the weavers, he developed a range of bowls combining the two techniques. Both designers drew on the weavers’ skills and knowledge to transform craft objects into pieces of contemporary design.

Their works and that of the artists are presented alongside new pieces from the five weaving communities in a bid to showcase Zimbabwe’s long lasting cultural heritage and the diversity of the country’s art of weaving. Basket Case II also sets out to contribute towards sustaining the livelihoods of weavers who are predominantly women often located in rural environments.

Mrs. Doreen Sibanda, the Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe had this to say about Basket Case II, “It is important that Basket Case 1 started here in Bulawayo, and we as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, have decided to take it back where it started.”

Basket Case started with The New Basket Workshop which culminated in the Basket Case travelling exhibition from Bulawayo in 2009 to Harare in 2010. This focused on basket makers from Binga, Lupane and Bulawayo and was co-curated by Bulawayo-born designer Heath Nash.

Basket Case II ran from 30 October to 15 December 2014 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare and will run from 29 January to 21 March 2015 at the National Gallery, Bulawayo.


Media Contact: For more information and press images please contact Cliford Zulu at National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo. 09 70721, email:



Compliments of the New Year

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 Cliford Zulu Acting Regional Director

Happy New Year! The start of a new calendar year seems like an obvious time to talk about new beginnings. I’m sure some of you have a New Year’s resolution or two! So instead of talking about new things to start, let’s focus on those initiatives that have already commenced.

First, we need to give our sincerest appreciation to the Friends of the Gallery members we wish to congratulate them and their entire committee for a job well done. The work of the Gallery staff supporting the activities and its mission as well as providing day-to-day member services continues in full swing after a brief respite during the holidays.

Highlights of current and upcoming activities include:

F.O.G Member Needs Assessment Evaluation: Thanks to the more than 50 responses we will have good data upon which to make future decisions.
Branding/Marketing Campaign: We will be upgrading our marketing website in the second half of 2015.
A few exhibition gaps exists in our 2015 calendar: touch base with us for curatorial projects.
Rent an easel studio project: we have created an exciting project for immediate university, college and school leavers to practice their art at the same time guided by the established artists and the institution.
Life drawing Class: continues every Tuesdays facilitated by the Visual Artists’ Association of Bulawayo.
Workshops/ Residencies: as we expand our networking to the SADC Region more exchanges with regional and international galleries will take place and we will be hosting two artists on a residency programmes.
These are exciting times for the Gallery and we encourage all everyone to become members and take advantage of the many benefits the gallery offers. Let us know how we can best serve you!

Last chance to see current exhibitions Running

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