Mteki, Nyaude for Mozambique workshop


LOCAL artists Nancy Mteki and Gresham Nyaude are billed to represent the country at the month-long prestigious annual arts workshop dubbed Àsìkò in Mozambique but will be hosted by the 5th Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos International Art, from Nigeria.


Mteki and Nyaude said they were excited at the prospect of participating in the workshop which will run between June 22 and July 19.

“I’m so happy to be part of the prestigious Àsìkò,” Mteki, an arts photographer, enthused.

Nyaude said apart from making Zimbabwe proud, they were going to learn new things that would add value to their work as artists.

“It’s a great opportunity that we have been given as we are going to learn a lot and grow as artists and as brands concurrently making our nation proud,” said Nyaude.

Nancy Mteki and Gresham Nyaude

The two artists come from different art backgrounds but it is something they have learned from a tender age following their parents who were artists as well.

First Floor Gallery Harare international projects and educational director, Valerie Kabov will also be attending the workshop as a facilitator for a week, where she will work closely with artists from across the continent.

Àsìkò said on its website: “Using the format of part art laboratory, part residency and part informal art academy, over the course of 28 intensive days, The History of Contemporary Art in Maputo in 4 weeks will focus partially on technique and primarily on methodology, critical thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas.”

It further said the programme would benefit art and cultural producers interested in experimenting with modes of practice and thought outside of the traditional modes and will focus on artistic productions from Africa and the African Diaspora.

There over five nationalities attending this annual workshop and this will be a great platform for our artists to network with other artists hence the possibility of collaboration is not far-fetched.