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The National Gallery in Bulawayo is to re-open on Monday, 30 November 2020. Like many institutions, the gallery shut down during the Covid-19 induced lockdown which left its doors closed to the public up to date. However, for the first time in over eight months, the public will be allowed into the Douslin house.

The National Gallery in Bulawayo is to re-open on Monday, 30 November 2020. Like many institutions, the gallery shut down during the Covid-19 induced lockdown which left its doors closed to the public up to date. However, for the first time in over eight months, the public will be allowed into the Douslin house.

Climate change and COP26: Open call for creative commissions

The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. We are working with partners in the UK and worldwide to support the success and legacy of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021 and will be using our global network to create opportunities for cooperation, dialogue and action which address the shared challenge of climate change.  

We are inviting collaborative applications from individuals and organisations in the UK with partners from eligible countries and states overseas.

Organisations can apply for up to £50,000 to realise their creative idea and we are looking to support up to 20 projects. We want these commissions to stimulate truly global conversations, bringing people from different countries, cultures and communities together to understand each other’s perspectives and work together on creative responses and solutions to climate change.

Please find out more and apply here:

The application deadline is Sunday 13 December 2020, 22.00 (GMT). You can also register now to join one of three information surgeries in November 2020.


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.


• 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

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


1st Bulawayo Annual Exhibition, Artist Call Out.

  • THE BULAWAYO ANNUAL EXHIBITION Is an annual exhibition designed to celebrate the pinnacles of southern region achievements in the visual arts. A platform to experience the very best artwork Bulawayo has to offer, in the form of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and craft by from professional and emerging artists.
  • The Annual Exhibition is a curated project presenting artists whose work would have not been shown anywhere, seen alongside some of the best artists today. Through the Annual Exhibition, the Gallery will offer support and encouragement especially to the emerging artists through our local and international residency programs, Life Drawing Classes and workshops throughout the following year.
  • The National Gallery intends to use the Annual Exhibition to identify, support, promote and award outstanding talent such as Best Female Artists, Young Artist of Promise and Overall Outstanding Artists for 2020. Ultimately, the Gallery will collect and conserve contemporary masterpieces in several media that reflects the enthusiasm, relevance, originality, diversity and soul of the people of the region and beyond.
  • The emphasis is to encourage artists to produce their best works for the local and international community to see and collect talent, in so doing promoting the visibility and viability of art and playing a fundamental role in the positioning Zimbabwean artists in the world art market.
  • Locally, the Annual Exhibition will be didactic on the pedagogies of Zimbabwean culture, history, present reality, and futuristic envisions powered by digital formulae. The Annual Exhibition of Bulawayo will initially be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, and also includes awards ceremony, related activities such as Friday Late and the Bulawayo Conversations between December and February 2021.  The annual exhibition will then incorporate Mat. South, North, Midlands and Masvingo provinces.
  • In 2021 the Annual Exhibition will also incorporate private studios doted around the city creating space for art and culture professionals to meet and participate on various platforms like exhibitions, presentations and workshops pursuing and interrogating the current state of art and curatorial practice in the country.
  • It is the mission of the National Gallery to shape the curatorial practice in Zimbabwe and enable new players to occupy the creative spaces, spearheading the visibility of Zimbabwean art locally and across the globe. To facilitate the artists retuning back home to adapt, improve, transform and implement home grown solutions to our creative work. The Annual Exhibition reassures a solid base of direct interactions with local and international buyers in a friendly environment.

For entry form and more details please contact the Curator on 292270721 or email:

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:

Open Call: 2021 self-funded Exhibitions, Curatorial projects and Residency.

Application Deadline 30 November 2020

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo is now accepting proposals for self-funded local and international exhibitions, Curatorial projects 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 2021. 

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. 

While we accept submissions based on all sorts of ideas, in 2021 we remain committed to exhibiting:

1) The work of emerging contemporary 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: 





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.


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 paid 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 mobility, visas, health insurance, local travel, meals, and subsistence, as well as their own accommodation.  

• 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 for details. (Will assist with all the necessary paperwork and clearance)
Pay for your accommodation

• 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 November 2020.
Successful applicants will know by 15 January 2021

Available slots are 1 April to 30 June and 4 July to 30 September and 4 October to 10 December 2021

For any questions, please contact the Curator, Cliford Zulu via email at or telephone 00263 292270721

(en)countering crisis + re:making futures podcast

Listen to this creative climate conversation between Zimbabwe and Scotland. Hosted by Fadzai Mwakutuya in conversation with Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi the Regional Director of National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to listen please follow this link

climate Change Creative is an online artivist resource created to facilitate the sharing of original designs within the public domain; such as banners and placards which raise climate change awareness. The project is funded by Enough! and Creative Scotland. 

National Gallery of Zimbabwe, BulawayoDzimbanhete Arts and Culture Interactions Trust and Visual Artists Association of Bulawayo.

Curator of Contemporary Art: National Gallery of Zimbabwe – Harare

Deadline: 12 November 2020

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has set itself as a center for national culture, which may inject various influences into the mainstreams of life and change the way people appreciate art and culture in their various societies through stone, metal and wooden sculptures, paintings, drawings, print works and installations. The Gallery is responsible for circulating exhibitions throughout Zimbabwe and is a focal and distributing point for art in the country. Its core business is also to preserve, conserve, research and publish the artworks collections for the education of present and future generations of Zimbabwe. The Gallery provides education through the National Gallery Visual Arts Studios (NGVAS) and also holds educational workshops, films and lectures within the Gallery as a way of promoting and educating the public about visual arts. The Gallery offers the corporate community and other civic organizations the opportunity to hire artworks from the Permanent Collection for decoration of their premises. These institutions can also hire space for private functions, exhibitions and shows. Interested people are welcome to use the Thomas Meikles Library to provide research and interest facilities.

Position summary
The position of Curator is a full-time job, as a member of the senior staff and, with the Executive Director and Curatorial team, provides artistic direction and coordination to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s programs. It requires enthusiasm and a passion for art in Zimbabwe. The NGZ Curator is responsible for the oversight of designated travelling exhibitions and for the conception, execution, quality, and scholarship of a number of internally generated exhibitions and their accompanying catalogues. NGZ Curator is expected to be an active and visible member of the National, Regional and International art community, and to participate in the overall institutional advancement of the Gallery.

Job description
The Curator is responsible for: general scholarship and research into contemporary art; for advancing the institution’s mission; for executing and developing support for its programs; meeting the goals of its strategic plan; heading and working closely with Senior Management.

Exhibitions: The Curator plays a significant role in the formulation of the overall direction of the Gallery’s artistic efforts and long-range exhibition schedule; prepares exhibition proposals 1-2 years in advance of exhibition dates for review and approval by the Director; originates three to four exhibitions of varying content each year with an accompanying scholarly catalogue; works to secure touring venues for exhibitions and oversees their implementation. Co-ordinates with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to plan exhibitions; works with the Conservation and Collections Manager, ensures that the highest level of professional care is given to works of art entrusted to the Gallery; works with the Executive Director and Exhibitions Office to track exhibition budgets and expenditures; fosters and actively participates in dialogue with colleagues, sharing professional opinions, and advancing ideas and knowledge related to contemporary art within and without the Gallery; maintains a visible role in the community including the maintenance of relationships with artists, galleries, collectors, donors, and members of the general public.

Public Information and Electronic Media: The Curator contributes to Gallery publications and communication efforts as requested; provides information regarding exhibitions and programs for website and social media content; collaborates with Communications and Marketing Department to prepare exhibition-related materials for public relations and marketing efforts; contributes to the development of communications and marketing strategies and materials to serve audiences and to enhance the Gallery’s image, identity, public and community outreach and donor prospects.

Development, Donor Relations, and Institutional Advancement: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Curator takes an active role in the identification of possible funding sources, and in grant preparation and reporting.

External Relations: Represents the Gallery to the public at large; attends exhibition previews and related events around Zimbabwe and internationally if possible and carries out any other duties as assigned.

The Curator of Contemporary Art must have: a Bachelor’s degree in Curatorship, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, or Art History; a Master’s degree in the above studies will be an added advantage; 5 years minimum prior experience in the curatorial and contemporary arts sector; Experience working in a government setting will be an added advantage; good knowledge of Zimbabwe and African contemporary art; good oral and written communication skills; self- motivation; initiative and ability to work as a team; excellent problem solving, analytical, IT and numerical abilities; A highly target driven self-starter and have proven leadership capacity and experience.

To apply
To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter to or The Executive Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, 20 Julius Nyerere Way, P O Box CY848, Causeway, Harare. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.