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Sculpture exhibition to open

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The Embassy of Netherlands in conjunction with Chitungwiza Arts Centre is set to launch a month-long sculpture exhibition in the capital on Friday.

The launch will be held at Vanilla Moon, Mt Pleasant, on Friday.

Speaking to NewsDay last week one of the organisers of the exhibition, David Huni, said the month-long exhibition is aimed at supporting local art.

“Anywhere one goes in the world, the best sculptures are from Zimbabwe. Go to Atlanta Airport, talk to prominent figures in soccer like Luiz Filipe Scolari, they have Zimbabwean sculptures,” said Huni.

That means people out there are appreciating the talent that is in our country. Yet what is shocking is that we do not appreciate what we have as a nation.

“To that effect, the exhibition which is being facilitated by the Embassy of Netherlands is aimed at promoting local talent in a way that people appreciate it,” said Huni.

He said they had invited all embassies and many other blocs and ministries to the launch.

“We are aiming at bringing together everyone to the table so that we present to them our case so everyone starts appreciating the function of art.

Everyone has to appreciate the amount of opportunities that artists get when they are afforded the necessary support,” said Huni.

“We want to use the power of arts to create awareness and fight various diseases like typhoid, cholera, malaria, HIV and Aids and other ills in the society like child abuse, drug abuse among other issues that haunt our societies.

“This ultimately creates employment and empowerment for the youths that appear ignored in most instances.”

The exhibition will run until December 31 under the theme “Using the Arts to Enhance Good Health”.

Huni said they would showcase works by various sculptors from around the country like Tago Tazvitya, Agnes Nyanhongo and Givemore Mashaya.

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