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    Art dying in Gweru




    PRINCESS SIBANDA
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU
    - The National Arts Council (ANC) Midlands Provincial manager Abigail Sibanda has said that art is dying in Gweru and the Midlands Province partially due to the absence of arts galleries in the region.
    She also said that there seems to be a lack of appreciation and therefore consumption of art by Zimbabweans.
    Sibanda said this in an interview with The Mirror last week.
    "The absence of a gallery or a place where artistic work is kept and showcased has been a problem in the province leading to the Gweru artists going to Harare and Bulawayo galleries to exhibit their work," said Sibanda.
    She however, complimented the Gweru museum where art was showcased although on a limited base because the museum was for military artifacts.
    She said this situation painted an ugly picture that spells 'no artists in Gweru'.
    Sibanda said that the situation also demotivated new upcoming artists leading to the death of art in the Midlands Province.
    Some of the Midlands' best artists are Fobes Mushipe, Godwell Mkhandla, Humphrey Chimombe and John Mahove.
     "We cannot blame the economy as the reason why Zimbabweans or even Africans at large do not have a culture of appreciating art.
    Sibanda called upon the responsible authorities to set up galleries for art in Gweru as a way of promoting the industry.
    However, Sibanda applauded a few citizens with a culture to visit the Gweru Museum and has encouraged the museum staff to keep up the good work of taking good care of it.entertainment news
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