The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: National Gallery Showcases New Talent

MORE than 20 pieces made by the country's finest upcoming visual artists are on display at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. The show marks the end of year exhibition and is being held in conjunction with the Norwegian Embassy.

The works on display provide a very good idea of the standard works that the school is producing in painting, sculpture, mixed media, found objects, stone sculpture, photography, design and printing.

The recently opened exhibition showcases works by graduates from the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design.

Speaking on the event, Norwegian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Her Excellency Ms Ingebjorg Stofring said the country has got many talents in the form of visual art.

"It is so interesting to see the young ones getting involved in the arts and craft industries. Today we are here to celebrate the achievements made by these brilliant young stars. Judging from the different pieces compiled so far, it shows that their future is bright and have exhibited a lot of talent in them," she said.

The Norwegian Embassy has worked with the gallery's school since 2000.

"Since then, there are about 300 students who have gone through the syllabus and are some major highlights for those who have been to the school.

"Through workshops conducted locally and internationally, we saw some of them taking part in an exchange programme with Malawi and a festival in Mozambique titled Umoja," she said.

Students had an opportunity to visit different parts of the world to acquire and impart the little knowledge they had.

Another notable achievement was the appointment of a new curator of education, Mrs Tashinga-Matindike Gondo.

This has stepped up this year's culmination in the registration of the school.

Commenting on the same event, the gallery's assistant curator, Thomas Pisirayi, said: "There is promising talent being nurtured at the school, with versatility of style from distinctive old masters and the contemporary artists of note.

"The works in different forms here is an indication that the students have chosen paths of their own where they derive most satisfaction and dexterity," Pasirayi said.

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