Chitungwiza artists to exhibit at Alliance Francaise

Tawanda Marwizi : Arts Correspondent

All is set for Chitungwiza Arts Centre arts exhibition that will be held at the Alliance Francaise in Harare. The exhibition that will run from April 7 to May 1 will see a number of artists from the centre taking part in the event. Vivienne Croisette is the curator of the exhibition. Taurai Tigere, the arts centre chairman, said it was an opportunity for the artists from the centre to parade their works to the different communities.“This is an important exhibition as the artists will bring community art to town.

“We have so many artists that need exposure and such exhibitions are very important,” he said.

He thanked sponsors of the event for their willingness to bring the exhibition closer to the city centre.

“The month-long exhibition is meant to identify and expose latent talent from visual artists from high-density suburbs as well as bringing sculpture to the people,” he said.

For him, exhibitions are the only way the centre will bring out uncelebrated artists.

“Networks are very important for artists as they give them the room to meet and interact with the buyers as well as other artists. By hosting such exhibitions we are trying to expose the artists.”

Tigere said some of the proceeds from the exhibition will go towards the development of the centre that has for years produced top sculptors.

“There are a number of things we need to do at the art centre like the construction of a resource centre as well as having a truck for the centre,” he added.

With over 400 projects a year, the Alliance Française provides wide-ranging cultural programmes presenting a unique mix of music, theatre, visual arts and dance, with the support of the French Embassy, the French Institute of South Africa and in partnership with local companies and cultural bodies.

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