At a time when the stone sculptor trade seems to be dying due to economic hardships in the country, the newly established virtual gallery, Avac Arts targets distant and international markets through online sales and exhibitions.
The virtual market (www.avacarts.com) caters for contemporary African visual art specialising in Shona sculpture sourced from around the country.
“We are a one stop shop for sculptures carefully curated from Zambezi to Limpopo, with the entire diversity of Zimbabwe’s stone sculptors wrapped up under one umbrella virtual market,” said Avac Arts director Terrence Musiyiwa.
The platform has expert sculptors and curators, whose sole mandate is to scale the length and breadth of the country in search of perfect, unique, authentic and bankable works of art that satisfy even the most discerning art buyer.
It represents a diverse cross section of sculptors originating from Chitungwiza, Hatfield, and Warren Park to as far away as Tengenenge.
Musiyiwa said, “In the event that a potential buyer does not find a piece that suits their taste on our online gallery, we can assist them find the particular piece while they relax in the comfort of their own home or office.”
The founding of Avac Arts was prompted by a passion for visual art. “We believe art is a noble vocation that can contribute immensely towards poverty alleviation in local communities,” he added.
“We are living in a global village connected together through the internet, what better way to export Zimbabwean art and culture on the global market than through harnessing technology to break down physical barriers.”
Avac Arts will soon establish a physical space in Hatfield to cater for the traditional markets.