zim team vernice.jpgFour visual artists who took part in the just-ended Venice Biennale Festival in Italy have been honoured by the government.

The four, Tapfuma Gutsa, Calvin Dondo, Misheck Masamvu and Berry Bickle were each given US$10 000 by the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture for lifting Zimbabwe’s flag high at the just-ended Venice Biennale art exhibition.

 

The world exhibition showcased Zimbabwean artistic practice that is innovative and self-reflective.

 

Handing over the US$10 000 cheques to the artists, the Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Senator David Coltart said the artists did the country proud by showcasing the best there is in Zimbabwean art.

National Gallery of Zimbabwe Executive Director, Mrs. Doreen Sibanda, who accompanied the group, hailed the exhibition as an eye-opener for local artists.

The artists who took part in the Venice Biennale said it is a great honour to be noticed as they represented the country in a world exhibition that drew contemporary visual artists from all over the world.

The 54th Venice Biennale kicked off in July and ended on the 27th of November.

 

The award presentation was attended by arts practitioners and various captains of the arts industry.

The two artists present at the presentation, Calvin Dondo and Tapfuma Gutsa are former BAT art school students who have been awarded several prizes for showcasing their talent at different exhibitions throughout the world.

 

They have exhibited widely in Africa and in Europe. Gutsa worked as the Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe before returning to his studio work, whilst Dondo is an art photographer who has curated the Gwanza Month of Photography for the past 5 years.

 

He has also exhibited in England, America, Canada, Germany, among other countries.