The National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design is currently staging the Green Shoots exhibition, showcasing new works from 14 Second Year graduates and Artists in Residence. The exhibition occupies the West Corridor, Matemera and Ndandarika Galleries at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare.

The core of the show features works resulting from Specialization by the graduates in their final year of learning, as such, the works reflect ingenuity and appropriation as the COVID-19 scourge cut off supplies and materials procurement for the students. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic affected schooling across the board, unfortunately leading to a large number of students dropping out of the Mbare based school’s programme.

“The graduates did well, in the face of having very little material, due to COVID-19, this however served as a paradigm shift as digital artworks were created as opposed to traditional media such as painting and sculpture,” said Doris Kampira, the Head of the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design.

Green Shoots features graduates Matildah Bikiwani; Tanaka Gwanyanya, Tanatswa Kafesu, Nicol K Maenzanise, Kganya Mzheri, Esther Tsaga, Nancy Tsimba, Again Chokuwamba, Brave T Gavazi, William Kachinjika, Tinotenda Muradzikwa, Onward Mutami, Jolly Japhet Nhambirwa. The Artists in Residence exhibiting are Tusichile Kasito, Nothando Chiwanga and Nyasha Faith Motsi.