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Gallery students in end of year exhibition

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The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) Visual Art Studio’s second and third-year students recently opened their end of year exhibition running under the theme Transition.

The exhibition that will run until end of January 2012 will showcase 50 artworks 16 students have assembled through different mediums and techniques.

“Various medium and techniques include drawings, paintings, metal and stone sculpture, graphics, photography, print making as well as video art, which is being shown for the first time at the exhibition,” said NGZ communications officer Rutendo Mutadzapasi.

Mutadzapasi said artists had defined their theme as knowledge acquired and utilised.

She said as artists still in the making, they had been blessed to have their elders in the field imparting knowledge and experience to them and had taken full advantage of this to grow their own ideologies and perceptions through quality performance.

“We believe we have been elevated to another visual level in terms of expressing our sentiments, in appreciating the beauty or even the hideousness of our different environments, societies and the economy through the use of various techniques and media,” she said.

“We believe we have broken new ground and we will persevere.”

Mutadzapasi said this year’s selection was based on individual growth with the best work being chosen from every artist.

She said it was their hope their works provided a valuable contribution to society and the community while offering an insight into the development of visual arts and the NGZ Visual Art Studios.

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