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Arts foundation hosts exhibition

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CHINHOYI-based visual artists’ club Hillock Arts Foundation (HAF) will on June 15 host an art exhibition to showcase various artworks at Banket Sports club.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda

The exhibition will be open to all upcoming artists from Namibia, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe and it will be a one day event where participants will exhibit any type of art under the theme Zvipo Zvirimuvana, meaning the talents in children.

“The aim of such an exhibition is to promote culture and to market ourselves nationally and internationally considering that we also come from a very small town,” said HAF founder and president Raphael Jamu, who is also a veteran painter and international artist.

Under the competitiveness and persevering leadership of Jamu, the foundation was recently awarded a 7 Series BMW, $16 000 cash, 24-roomed house in Pretoria, an art kit and three air tickets for a tour in Los Angeles, United States, after he displayed his works during an art exhibition at Hilton Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa.

Jamu competed against 50 outstanding artists from Africa, Europe and America and he managed to scoop the award after displaying his masterpiece of cultural art.

“I am honoured by the fact that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation took time to honour our works and I’m so excited to be going to Los Angeles on June 20,” he said.
Jamu said his winning piece was one titled Nhererera, which depicted orphans facing hard times.

He added that in the picture, he wanted people to realise the kind of life that a lot of orphaned children led.

“Before leaving, I am hosting an exhibition to promote and market ourselves further and most of my works are inspired by the South African Zulu culture,” said Jamu.
He added that the foundation was also donating blankets and clothes to various orphanages and to those desperately in need.

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