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Green Shoots exhibition

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This is the seventh edition of the Green Shoots Exhibition. The exhibition is held annually with the premise of exposing the graduate students to the art world and gear them up to practice as economically sustainable practitioners. In an environment where most school leavers are not guaranteed any opportunities pertaining to employment,

the school strives for the empowerment of candidates to live off their own means by developing practical, flexible skills that generate income.
This year the show comprises new paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and new media works by second year students complemented by some National Certificate in Applied Art and Design students alongside works by Artists in residence at the school. The development of skills in each of the disciplines that they have been instructed is present in what is a timeline to the development of their skills over the course of the two year duration of their studies.
The Green Shoots theme is deeply rooted in the presentation of the graduate artist who is by nature, symbolic of the seasonal shifts that occur in the environment. Each of the graduating artists presents artwork in tune to their experience and perspective, relative to the traditional theme; while presenting their uniquely developed style to bolster a new crop of individual styles that shall in turn be noted and injected into Zimbabwe's contemporary art scene. The National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design students are set to follow the path walked most recently by illustrious alumni such as Virginia Chihota, Portia Zvavahera, Wallen Mapondera, Chikonzero Chazunguza and Admire Kamudzengerere.
This particular exhibition marks the end point for the student's work in 2019. Every graduate presented, worked very hard to make the best of themselves. They persevered and worked towards their goals in a
determined way. At NGSVAD, they had the opportunity to learn and grow, to fail, try again and fail again and to constantly strive to learn more, be more, know more. In the run up to the exhibition, a series of endeavours took place to assist the development of the students’ skills throughout the year. Victor Nyakauru, Masimba Hwati, Calvin Chimutuwah, Kudzanai Chiurai, John Kotze, Mercy Moyo, Tawona Sithole, Chido Johnson, Sethembile Msezane, and Mwamba Mulangala came through to conduct workshops and do crit sessions with the students.
The resources in theory and practice provided to the students by dedicated instructors, the skills development activities which were provided by international institutions and individual practitioners who facilitated workshops to promote understanding of technique; and community based excursions that would make an interactive experience available both to students and the public, make Green Shoots the momentous climax to the year for all the students exhibiting in the show. This is now a skilled and valuable group, all ready to tackle the next set of challenges which will ensure further growth. While we celebrate these new conquering artists, we note with sadness the loss of Munyaradzi Mazarire in 2019 and Anthony Bumhira early this year. May their souls rest in peace.

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