What to look forward to in 2020

January 2020

Regional Director Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi

The National Gallery in Bulawayo is delighted to have resumed operations in 2020. We take this opportunity to thank you for your patronage in 2019 and hope that your love for art endures in 2020 and beyond.  

2020 will be a busy year for the Gallery. We devoted the greater part of 2019 mobilising financial and material resources for renovations. We are delighted to inform you, dear stakeholder, that courtesy of a Direct Aid Programme grant from the Australian Embassy, we have this January commenced with renovations to damaged sections of the building. The renovations will include installation of a disability ramp in line with our principle of enhancing ease of access to the building by people living with disabilities. 

In the spirit of environmentalism, the Gallery will courtesy of a grant from the Embassy of Switzerland install a solar system to power sections of the gallery. We will also increase the storage capacity of our permanent collection so that we keep an expanded range of the visual memory of the region.

We look forward to unveiling a refurbished and environmentally friendly Gallery by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

In our commitment to improve artists’ competencies and the quality of art artists in Bulawayo and the greater Matabeleland region, the partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland will see the Gallery implement a series of capacity development programs for local artists.

We further look forward to May 2020 when we launch the Gallery’s first ever exclusive digital arts exhibition. The exhibition will be in partnership with arebyte Gallery in London and is supported by British Council Southern Africa Arts.   

Aware that Zimbabwe turns 40 in 2020, we are working on an artistic commemoration of this important milestone in the country’s liberation heritage.

In partnership with various civic organisations, we will take art to the communities not only for purposes of promoting art appreciation but also for purposes of leveraging art to promote peace building and social cohesion.

Talent identification, nurturing and promotion will be at the heart of our curatorial and public programming agenda.

Our exhibitions will respond to topical issues of the day. We seek to project narratives that have resonance with the public. We commit to curating intriguing exhibitions that stretch the boundaries of human imagination.  

We reiterate our interest in positioning the Gallery as a vibrant cultural space in service of the visual arts in particular and the broader creative community in general.

Do not hesitate to engage us for mutually beneficial collaborations.