Green Shoots is an exhibition hosted by the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design. The exhibition is comprised of works by 40 students and young and emerging artists. The students took part in theory classes and workshops with master artists and also undertook research critical to their projects. The school was established in the early 1980s with the aim of exposing the students to the ever changing art scene. Among the notable artists who have the graduated from the school are Virgnia Chihota and Portia Zvavahera. Zvavahera was the winner of the 2014 FNB Art Prize, awarded at the Johannesburg Art Fair. Chihota has exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy.
This year the students who took part in the exhibition are in their second year. The ones to look out for are Takunda Billiat, Troy Makaza and Miriro Mwandiambira. Billiat, who won much praise from the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design, said, “My work focuses on human anatomy and manipulating the way of viewing the interior body parts as a mechanical form, believing that I can work as machine. I produce my artworks in the sense of educating people. In my artworks I use pencil as my preferred medium.”
Harare News spoke to Akim Nyakudya, the Education Officer, who said, “The branding of this exhibition Green Shoots is premised on the similarity between the young crop of art students and the beginning of each new rainy season. Some of the work on show is by students who have completed their studies and are ready to navigate the mainstream art industry while some of the work is by those students now entering their second and final year in which they will be pursuing individual projects.”
Artists of note include Calistas Thabani Ngadula, Tinotenda Mabasa and Trymore Sengai. Ngadula who suffers from speech and hearing impairments said, “There are different ways of communication but despite my speech and hearing impairment, I can communicate. Art is my mouthpiece. I get my inspiration from the nature of my works.” (Her work is pictured above)