The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) is inviting young people from kindergarten to university level to enter artwork in this year’s annual Tavatose/Sisonke Schools and Colleges Visual Art Contest.
Running under the theme Celebrations with Mbira, the exhibition seeks to encourage the production and use of the mbira instrument in schools. It provides a platform for school children and students to contribute to the visual arts landscape in various mediums including drawing, painting, photography and 3 Dimensional works. This will lend their voices to the crusade for popularising the mbira.
NGZ education officer Akim Nyakudya explained, “We want to encourage the exploration and creation of works of art by the youth, based on the wide range of different types of mbira from different tribal areas in Zimbabwe.” He said the contest provides the potential for an engaging experience, capable of moving those who will attend the exhibition to view the artwork.
Nyakudya said, “We also want to showcase a large body of works of art by Zimbabwean youth, comprising different mbira, showing how they differ in the number of keys or tongues on each instrument as well as the accompanying range of other instruments such as drums in use during celebrations.” He added that the competition will provide a platform for the public to encounter works of art created by the youth.
Entries will be graded in honours, first grade, second and third grade. The exhibition is scheduled to run between July and August.
Guidelines for Entry:
Each artist is invited to submit his/her original artwork ranging in size from 20.5 × 29.5 cm/8.5 × 11 inches to 35.5 × 50 cm/14 × 20 inches depicting any aspect of celebrating in any season.
The National Gallery recommends that artists use pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylics and any other suitable drawing and painting medium. Submissions for the contest must be received at the National Gallery in Harare by 4.30 pm, 7 June.
Artworks may be mailed or delivered to the National Gallery – Department of Education, 20 Julius Nyerere Way, Harare, Zimbabwe. P.O. Box 848 Causeway, Harare.
All submissions must include the artist’s full names, teacher’s name, name of school and grade/form on the back right hand corner of the work. Each entry costs $1.
For more information, teachers, parents and artists may contact the education officer – Akim Nyakudya on 704666/7 extension 30 or email email@example.com.