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POSITION ADVERTISEMENT EDUCATION OFFICER, ngz harare

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the position of Education Officer which has arisen within the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Assist in the developing the Education Program of the Gallery, making full use of Collections and Exhibitions. Designing and implementing the Gallery’s educational outreach program•

Liaising with formal schools to receive pupils and create program for classroom use•

Staging non-formal Workshops for pupils in the Gallery and beyond.•

Assist in creation of educational information and pamphlets for various audiences.•

Assist in staging Annual Schools Art Exhibition and liaising with the Gallery’s Visual Art Studio to create Gallery youth centered educational program.•

Reinforce and consolidate ties with a core of schools and establish and maintain postal contact with a selection of high density and provincial schools in a systematic manner – acquire contracts from Regional Galleries.•

Produce termly newsletters and maintain weekly contact with member schools to enable them to visit the Gallery to access programs throughout the year.•

Assist in marketing the Culture Box and consider smaller themed boxes with accompanying information.•

Maintain monthly Gallery flyers and information documentation aimed at school groups and children visiting the Gallery – related to the Exhibitions and Art History.•

Work with the Visual Arts Studio to identify schools in need of art clubs and find ways to stimulate and assist them to start with the assistance of our students•

Assist in staging termly workshops for art teachers offering theoretical and practical tips for teaching art in the classrooms and making use of the Gallery art and Collections. Ensure all teacher engagement and support for new curriculum.•

Work with the Collections Department to stage shows that are pertinent to the schools’ curriculum themes and art history and appreciation.•

Ensure that the Gallery projects are child friendly and that programs reflect a learning environment. Conduct Saturday art lessons to increase art appreciation.

COMPETENCE AND SKILLS FOR POST:The person must possess:1) Bed in Art Degree; Diploma in Education or related field;2) Excellent problem solving, analytical, IT and numerical abilities.3) Experience working in a government setting will be an added advantage

Interested candidates must submit their applications enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae and certified copies of qualifications, clearly marked:The Executive DirectorNational Gallery of Zimbabwe “Education Officer”20 Julius Nyerere WayP.O Box CY 848Causeway HARAREor hr@nationalgallery.co.zw

Deadline for submission of applications is close of business on 20 November 2020.

ONLY SHORT LISTED CANDIDATES MEETING THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE CONTACTED.

Call for Applications to lease the National Gallery Bulawayo Restaurant

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The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo is inviting registered companies to apply to lease the gallery restaurant as from 1 January 2021.

The restaurant is a very important and strategic component of the overall Gallery visitor experience. The lessee is expected to provide fresh meals and teas, maintain high professional standards and have a passion for absolute customer satisfaction. The restaurant is expected to exude an ambient atmosphere and exhibit high inclination for creativity in its operations.

Interested applicants should submit their sealed applications addressed to the Regional Director of the National Gallery in Bulawayo, 75A Joshua Nkomo Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue by 30 November 2020.

Applications must include company proof of registration, health certificate and an outline of experience in the food industry. A liquor license should also be included if applicant intends to serve alcoholic beverages.  

A non-refundable application fee of ZWL$1000 must be paid into the National Gallery of Zimbabwe bank account indicated below.

Proof of payment must be attached to the application. Failure to provide proof of payment renders the application incomplete and will therefore be disqualified.

The winning applicant will be notified by 20 December 2020.  

Bank Details:

Account Name:          National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Bank:                           First Capital Bank

Account Number:       2307-1102602

Branch:                       J.M.N.Nkomo Street

For more details, please contact: Silenkosi Moyo Tel: +263 (2922)70721 or email: s.moyo@nationalgallery.co.zw

Open Call: 2020 Exhibitions, Curatorial and Residency


July 2019

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo is now accepting proposals for self-funded local and international Exhibitions, Curatorial and Residency applications.

Local and visiting Artists and Curators wishing to present new ideas and projects in the context of the Bulawayo gallery space and emerging independent curators committed to developing their professional practice can now submit proposals for exhibitions and visiting –Artists in Residency for 2020. 

Application Deadline 30 September 2019

1. Artists must submit proposals for the presentation of their own (solo or collaborative) work.

2. For collaborations, artists must confirm interest/availability before they submit the proposal.

3. Artists that have not exhibited their work at the NGB over the last three years are particularly encouraged to apply. 

GUIDELINES:
While we accept submissions based on all sorts of ideas, in 2020 we remain committed to exhibiting:

1) The work of professional artists, particularly those in the SADC region.

2) Work that contributes to the ongoing dialogue about contemporary art practices.

3) Projects that push artistic practice in new and interesting forms and directions, including digital artists as well as artists that showcase traditional art works using digital means to apply.

4) Topics and styles not well represented by private or commercial spaces or otherwise difficult to show elsewhere.

5) The work of artists previously exhibited anywhere outside Zimbabwe or itinerant exhibitions.

6) Projects that take into account our limited gallery space, thoughtful and orderly installations that respect the “breathing space” of each artwork tend to work better in our gallery.
 
7) Artists also keen to experiment with public art installations are also strongly encouraged to apply. 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The above are just guidelines, so don’t worry if your exhibition/ project doesn’t satisfy everything listed; however, they are rules.

How to Submit/ Format Requirements: Before sending the application, please make sure to have the following prepared:

1) Application letter
2) Up to 10 images of your work. The images should ideally represent the actual work selected for the exhibition. If this is impossible, the images should represent works that are comparable to those that will be featured in the exhibition. These images should be JPGS, no larger than 1024 x 768, 72dpi, preferably under 1MB.
They MUST be named in this format: 
01YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 
02YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 
03YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 
04YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 
05YourFirstName_LastName.jpg … etc

3) Up to 3 videos (*optional) of specific works which will be included in the exhibition. Please make sure each file is under 300MB and less than 5 minutes in length. If the original video is longer than that, please send an excerpt. Videos should be in MOV, MP4, or AVI format.

Do not include exhibition documentation unless the element of time is integral to the work (i.e. performance or video installations).

4) A one-page statement describing the concept of the exhibition. The file should be a PDF, RTF, or Word document.

5) An image list providing an inventory of the images submitted. Include number, artist name, title, year, medium, and dimensions. Again, make it PDF, RTF, or Word document.

6) Your resume and the resumes of any prospective collaborators. The Gallery offers residency for 1 and 3 months with the possibility of an exhibition at the end of the residency.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY WILL:
Offer artists an amazing opportunity to experience the vibrant visual arts scene of Bulawayo. This package offers preferential space for professional artists who are able to finance their self-directed studio residency at the National Gallery up to three months. The price for this residency is USD 100.00 pain in local ZWL equivalent per month. This includes studio space facilitation of your stay whilst in the city and exhibition space in the small galleries. The curator/ artist is expected to cover all other expenses including flights, visas, health insurance, local travel, meals, and subsistence, as well as their own accommodation.  

THE NATIONAL GALLERY WILL NOT:
• Pay for your return ticket/flights to and from Bulawayo Zimbabwe.
• Pay for your travel insurance, airport taxes, and visa costs, to enter Zimbabwe see https://www.evisa.gov.zw/Home for details. (Will assist with all the necessary paperwork and clearance)
Pay for your accommodation

THE NATIONAL GALLERY MAY:
• Assist in fundraising for the mobility stipend and accommodation
• Assist in sourcing basic art materials and equipment.
• Assist in sourcing funds to make your residency as productive and comfortable as possible

Artists and Curators are encouraged to seek support to cover mobility local transport, accommodation, living and material expenses. Proposals that are incomplete, unreadable, or fail to meet the above requirements may not be considered.

Application Deadline 30 September 2019.
Successful applicants will know by 2 December 2019.

For any questions, please contact the Curator, Cliford Zulu via email at c.zulu@nationalgallery.co.zw or sabona@mweb.co.zw telephone 00263 292270721
 

United States supports preservation of Ndebele art and culture

Matobo Hills, December 12, 2018– United States Ambassador Brian A. Nichols participated in a ceremony to launch a publication, documenting Ndebele traditional hut decoration in Matobo Hills.  The U.S. embassy is leading efforts to preserve Zimbabwe’s rich cultural heritage and supports preservation of Zimbabwean art as part of expanded engagement between the United States and Zimbabwe.

In 2016, the State Department Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation awarded $42,000 to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe to document Ndebele traditional hut decoration, including a book on Ndebele art.  The book documents the external and internal art, architecture, and decoration of Ndebele homes through schematic drawings and photographs. It highlights the significance of these forms in the context of culture, environment, and local Ndebele history.

The book launch event was held at the Amagugu International Heritage Center in Matobo Hills, Matabeleland South (35 kilometers south of Bulawayo) where decorated residences are most prevalent.  Amagugu International Heritage Center organizes a variety of cultural, educational and recreational programs.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation assists individuals and organizations to preserve museum collections, ancient and historic sites, and traditional forms of expression, and thereby helps reinforce cultural identity and community solidarity. 

Over the past decade, the United States has supported several projects to preserve Zimbabwe’s rich cultural heritage, including the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments and the Great Zimbabwe Museum and the Naletale National Monument.

US Ambassador Brian A. Nichols in Thulisa Ndlovu/s home in Matobo http://’https://zw.usembassy.gov/united-states-supports-preservation-of-ndebele-art-and-culture/

Sisonke/ Tavatose, 2017 Schools Visual Art Exhibition

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo (NGZ) in partnership with the Environmental Management Agency is hosting another edition of the Sisonke/Tavatose 2017 Schools Visual Art Exhibition. The National Art competition will be held in June at the National Gallery in Harare while the Regional Exhibition opening will be held on the 20th of May at the Bulawayo gallery. The 2017 exhibition is running under the theme under the theme “Celebration Time!” — with the environment in mind.

This year NGZ turns 60 years in 2017, we would like our annual schools art competition to encourage young people to celebrate various elements in life”, Sisonke means “we are together”, it is an exhibition based on unity and brings pupils of different backgrounds/cultures together to express themselves through art using what they find in their environment. The materials used by the students to come up with this exhibition is broad as they picked whatever we perceive as waste/ garbage and came out with their art pieces. Some focused on the known visual art materials in coming up with their works such as paintings on paper or canvas thereby expressing different themes that were in the competition brochure which was distributed in most schools in the Southern region. The interesting thing about this exhibition is that it didn’t limit pupils to only visual arts but some were able to express the theme celebration using other art genres such as drama , poetry so that in our celebration accommodates other students who don’t have visual art background.
This year’s exhibition aims to promote creative talent from a young age and celebrate our artistic heritage as well as the fact that there has been a greater motivation for art to be introduced and recognised as an imperative subject in schools. In addition, the exhibition encourages visual literacy amongst children whilst focusing on enjoyment and building confidence in their artistic and creative expression. This exhibition comes at a time when the Government of Zimbabwe has introduced a new education curriculum which supports Arts Education from a very early age. The new junior school visual and performance arts curriculum covers theoretical and practical activities in the areas of sculpting, graphic design, painting, photography, dance, theatre, music, poetry, storytelling and puppetry.
The Diamond Jubilee celebration at the National Gallery coincides with the 10th Anniversary celebration at the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). This presents a perfect opportunity to celebrate our artistic heritage, and the environment that shapes it. The Partnership between the NGZ and the EMA also brings forth a new dimension in the schools visual arts exhibition funding matrix, enabling many school children from across Zimbabwe’s ten provinces to lend their voices to the discourse of sustainable society through visual narratives while improving their artistic skills.

Cliford Zulu Curator

For more information please contact the Conservation/ Education Officer J Chinamasa on 0970721, Email: sabona@mweb.co.zw follow us on https://www.facebook.com/nationalgallerybyo/ or follow us on Twitter @bulawayogallery

Open call National Gallery in Bulawayo, 2017 Residency and exhibition proposal

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is inviting artists wishing to present new ideas and projects in the context of the Bulawayo gallery space and emerging independent curators committed to developing their professional practice are invited to submit exhibition and residency applications and proposals for the 2016 season. All artists interested in applying for a residency, solo or collaborative exhibitions with an up to date profile and active practitioners, are invited to submit exhibition proposals of their solo or collaborative work for the 2017 season.

Application Deadline 31 October 2016

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1. Artists must submit proposals for the presentation of their own (solo or collaborative) work.

2. For collaborations, artists must confirm interest/availability before they submit the proposal.

3. Artists who have previously exhibited at the NGB in the past 3 years will not be eligible for the 2017 call, but can apply for 2018 on wards.

Guidelines: While we accept submissions based on all sorts of ideas, in 2017 we remain committed to exhibiting:

1) The work of emerging and under-represented artists, particularly those in the region

2) Work that contributes to the ongoing dialogue about contemporary art practices.

3) Projects that push artistic practice in new and interesting directions.

4) Topics and styles not well represented by private or commercial spaces or otherwise difficult to show elsewhere.

5) The work of artists previously exhibited anywhere in Zimbabwe unless if it’s an itinerant exhibition.

6) Projects that take in account our limited gallery space. Thoughtful and orderly installations that respect the “breathing space” of each artwork tend to work better in our gallery.

Please take note: The above are just guidelines, so don’t worry if your exhibition/ project doesn’t satisfy everything listed; however, you must follow all rules.

How to Submit/ Format Requirements: Before sending the application, please make sure to have the following prepared:

1. Application letter 2. Up to 10 images of your work. The images should ideally represent the actual work selected for the exhibition. If this is impossible, the images should represent works that are comparable to those that will be featured in the exhibition. These images should be JPGS, no larger than 1024 x 768, 72dpi, preferably under 1MB.

They MUST be named in this format: 01YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 02YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 03YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 04YourFirstName_LastName.jpg 05YourFirstName_LastName.jpg … etc.

2) Up to 3 videos (*optional) of specific works which will be included in the exhibition. Please make sure each file is under 300MB and less than 5 minutes in length. If the original video is longer than that, please send an excerpt. Videos should be in MOV, MP4, or AVI format.

Do not include exhibition documentation unless the element of time is integral to the work (i.e. performance or video installations).

3) A one-page statement describing the concept of the exhibition. The file should be a PDF, RTF, or Word document.

4) An image list providing an inventory of the images submitted. Include number, artist name, title, year, medium, and dimensions. Again, make it PDF, RTF, or Word document.

5) Your resume and the resumes of any prospective collaborators. The Gallery offers residency for 3 and 6 months with an exhibition at the end of the residency.

The National Gallery will:

• Offer Studio and exhibition space (including mounting, promotion and refreshments):

The National Gallery will not:
• Pay for your return flights to and from Bulawayo Zimbabwe.                                                    • Pay for your travel insurance, airport taxes and visa costs, to enter Zimbabwe see https://www.evisa.gov.zw/Home for details. (Will assist with all the necessary paperwork and clearance)
The National Gallery may:
• Assist in sourcing basic art materials and equipment.
• Assist in sourcing funds to make you residency as productive and comfortable as possible

You will be expected to: work, research, collaborate, and give talks about you work and mount an exhibition of finished or work in progress. You can expect a great creative time and you are free to take time off and explore Zimbabwe within the time frame, http://www.worldtravelguide.net/zimbabwe/ but the best is to experience it you selves.zimbabwean flag

Artists and Curators are encouraged to seek mobility support to cover transport, accommodation and material expenses. Proposals that are incomplete, unreadable, late, or fail to meet the above requirements may not be considered, so PLEASE submit your proposals well in advance of the deadline to ensure everything is working correctly.

Application Deadline 31 October 2017

For any questions, please contact the Assistant Curator Cliford Zulu via email at sabona@mweb.co.zw or telephone 00263970721 www.nationalgallerybyo.com

 

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

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

 

“Thatha Watshi exhibition” Thursday 30 October 2014 at 1730hrs

Thatha is a developing series brand of exhibitions by the National Gallery in Bulawayo. The philosophy of these exhibitions is construed from a social focus and engages various stakeholders including visual artists and the general public to present and highlight the aesthetics element of the watch and clock to the community. The first Thatha series tiled; Thatha Camera an exhibition of black & white photographs from the townships was held in 1999, followed by Thatha Bhasikili an exhibition of decorated/adorned bicycles was held in 2001 including; Thatha Nwele, Thatha Vuvuzela and Thatha Radio .

“Thatha Watshi” (take a watch) seems limitless, irreplaceable because time makes watches and clocks nostalgic; each one transcends our immediate time and experience. In this part of Africa, presumably the watch arrived as colonial paraphernalia, along with the gun and the Bible. The watch altered reality, introducing new impulses and confessions, cataloguing the converted and the hanged. Africa’s encounter with the watch coincides with the gradual exploration and maturity of the medium. After the moment of disbelief, when the watch is viewed suspiciously as stealing the soul of the individual. In this exhibition visual artists have submitted art works that reflect and articulates the watch/clock from various perspectives.

Objectives of the Thatha series

• To encourage and stimulate participation and interest in works of visual art to the general public.
• To break down barriers between art and its audience by providing an enabling environment for dialogue, interaction, growth, development and intimacy.
• To promote art interaction between society and the custodians of the heritage.
• To promote art appreciation for the community through greater proficiency in product development and art exploration.

The National Gallery is a central focus for cultural activity in Zimbabwe; Bulawayo is the country’s second largest city with a brave history, and commanding landscapes such as the Matopo Hills and the Khami Ruins. The Thatha series is the gallery’s approach is to expose artists, gallery staff and the immediate community to all forms of artistic endeavours. To emphasise the role of art in the development and need for self-expression, to motivate our sense of creativity, the involvement of the community is evidence of the gallery’s importance and presence.

Cliford Zulu
Curator

Social Gravity Three men show 31 July 2014

PRESS RELEASE: SOCIAL GRAVITY 

JULY 31 2014

National gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, 75 Joshua M.N. Nkomo Street/ L. Takawira Avenue Bulawayo

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The National Gallery in Bulawayo is pleased to present “Social Gravity” an exhibition of over 25 moving artworks by three artists, two young Bulawayo artists and one guest established contemporary artists. The exhibition is curated by Cliford Zulu. Social Gravity is the ultimate project presenting the work by Godfrey Lotus Makopa a painter and Abgail Mathe a metal sculptor. The two artists completed a six months residency with the National Gallery in Bulawayo after they were awarded Best Young Female and Young Artist of promise respectively in the 27th Visual Artists’ Association of Bulawayo (VAAB) Annual Exhibition 2013.

The exhibition touches upon contemporary issues that are confronting the underpinnings of society in the region – but which also reflect national realities and conditions in in the face of economic challenges. To us this show brings new light to the future of Bulawayo art as it is diverse, aesthetic and reveals an amazing experimental energy.

A walk about of the artist’s journey from January to July 2014t and curators will take place on 01 August at 11am in the Marshall Baron Gallery. The Talk will highlight contemporary dynamics in aesthetics and form in a dialogue and the artist’s personal feelings on the exhibition.

Social Gravity marks the beginning of our July to December exhibition calendar that will see the opening of Crossing Bridges by two 2013 NAMA winners and a Thatha series exhibition in August, Bulawayo @ 120 photography exhibition and Intwasa visual arts exhibition in September.

Social Gravity is produced in collaboration with Israel Israel and Tafadzwa Gwetai mentors to the two artist and artists in their own. The exhibition and the residency project is made possible with great support by the Alliance Francaises of Bulawayo.


For inquiries contact the Curator on 0970721, Email: sabona@mweb.co.zw like our face  book page National gallery in Bulawayo.

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