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Wednesday, 23 August 2006

National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo
The National Gallery in Bulawayo is a major art institute in Matabeleland, boasting of a magnificent building right at the centre of the City of Kings. The refurbished Douslin House accommodates the Bulawayo Art Gallery and houses seventeen practicing visual artists in its studios who work in various media such as prints, paintings, batiks, ceramics and mosaics.
In 1995 Stephen Williams was appointed Director of the National Gallery in Bulawayo; a post he held until his death as the result of a road accident in July 1996. Dr Yvonne Vera, a celebrated author and academic, took up the post. She brought to the National Gallery in Bulawayo an enthusiasm for the promotion of all the arts through the auspices of the Gallery and a commitment to the establishment of that Gallery as a major force in the growth of the visual arts in Matabeleland and indeed Southern Africa. The current Director is Addelis Sibutha who brings considerable experience in arts administration to the position due to her long association with the gallery in a variety of capacities in the past.

National gallery in Bulawayo
National Gallery in Bulawayo
At this Gallery the visitors get a rare opportunity to meet and see the artists at work. The Visual Artists Association of Bulawayo is also accommodated in one of the studios. The magnificently restored Douslin House is a natural hub in the city for the viewing of art, the screening of films and the hosting of literature readings and animation. The adjoining Gallery Shop and restaurant provide the ideal ambiance in which to enjoy the visual heritage of the Bulawayo and its contribution to the overall arts scene in the country.

National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare

National Gallery in Mutare
National Gallery in Mutare
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare is situated in a historical building at Kopje house, which was built in 1897 and was the first hospital in Mutare. It was declared a Monument in the late 70s and thereafter became a Culture House under the custody of the national Museums and Monuments. The historical nature of the building and its situation slightly away from the hub of the city centre renders it a most congenial setting for the serious showcasing of works of art in the Mutare.The National Gallery of Zimbabwe Mutare branch was opened in 1999 and has five members of staff under the leadership of the Regional Director, Judy Mutunhu. The gallery runs an annual exhibitions programme choosing to show a selection of work from the Harare gallery, while offering local artists the much needed opportunity to show their work. In addition hosts an art school on the premises.


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