COVID-19 throws sculpture group in the cold

Stanley Mutanga

SIMUKAI Sculpture Collective, a group of sculptors from different parts of the country has bemoaned the effects of COVID-19, which has left them counting their losses.

Simukai was formed in 2017 to unite sculptors from different parts of the country, but COVID-19 left the group struggling to get back on its feet.

“Our overall aim is to teach each other how to use advanced tools focusing mainly on semi-precious stones like jasper and unakite (extremely hard stones) which has enabled us to produce quality sculptors with attractive colours,” said group co-ordinator Stanley Mutanga.

“As a group, we seek to learn different skills using advanced stones, but this is still being hindered by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic which did not spare any sector. Just like our name Simukai, which means to rise, we strive to sharpen each other’s skills and grow in the creative industry.”

Although faced with financial challenges, Mutanga said they would soldier on in bid to fulfil their plans to embark on both local and foreign programmes.

“Even though we are trying to sell our products locally, we are still struggling to get back on our feet because of the COVID-19 effects,” he added.

“Over the years we have been partnering with Gunguo Gallery in Canada and given the current state of affairs there is little hope that we can be able to travel to Canada for an exhibition since our coffers are dry.”

The group’s workshop is located in the mining town of Kwekwe.

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