The Visual Artists Association of Bulawayo VAAB will be holding its 29th Annual VAAB exhibition to open on 28 and the AGM to be held on Saturday 30 January 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.
So far 15 members submitted works hence this extended call. there is no theme so artists are free to express themselves in any form within the confines of humanity and the Zimbabwean law as you might be aware, traditionally the VAAB opens in December of each year. However due to the feedback and challenges of membership expiring in December the committee has moved the annual show to open in January each year this way membership will run from January to December enabling the committee to implement most of the planned activities.
Regrettably we will not be giving awards this edition due to some funding challenges however we are still open to anyone willing to partner with the association to come through and support. We are grateful to the National Gallery for the continued support over the past 29 years and we are expecting yet another exciting show. please download the form attached and drop it at the gallery together with your membership fee $10 and participating fee
The 28th AGM will be held on Saturday 30 January from 2pm and Visual Artists in Zimbabwe are invited to attend, this is an elective AGM after the current committee has competed its tenure, young leaders are encouraged to participate and take up leadership of the association and participate in developing the sector. the AGM will be held at the Lecture room and is expected to the addressed by the Director of Intwasa Arts festival Ko Bulawayo Mr R Baya.
Just a reminder the Visual Artist’s Association of Bulawayo is an ARTIST-LED association of visual. The association was founded in Bulawayo in 1983 VAAB continues to be a, Creative, artists- driven, people focused, self-sustaining and development oriented grouping which is visual artists & craft centered. V.A.A.B is registered as an association with National Arts Council of Zimbabwe working in partnership with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and other Arts organisations within and outside Zimbabwe.
To be a, Creative, artists- driven, people focused, self-sustaining and development oriented organisation which is visual artists & craft centred and gender sensitive.
THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES WILL POINT US TO THE VISION BY
Contributing towards the spiritual, physical, intellectual, cultural and socio- political wellbeing of the visual artists and marginalised groups through the empowerment programmes and the promotion of sustainable development, as such we endeavours to create an open and creative platforms for a strong and active membership which sustains the work of the association, hence we shall work and collaborate with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and other Arts organisations in and outside Zimbabwe.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The broad aim of V.A.A.B is to encourage and stimulate artists and craft production in Bulawayo and Surrounding areas. By so doing, contributing to, and help shape Zimbabwean culture.
The V.A.A.B provides a structure within which the producer of art and Craft can increase the scope and standards of their work through such means as Workshops, Lectures, Debates, Film shows, etc.
To promote the marketing aspects of art and craft both locally and internationally through exhibitions Markets, etc.
To facilitate greater ties with individual(s)/artist(s) and cultural bodies both inside and outside Zimbabwe and Internationally.
To generally project the interest of Artists and Craft people in the area
The VAAB is run by a committee elected by members every three years
Chairperson: Cliford Zulu
Vice- Chairperson: Danisile Ncube
Treasurer: Nomvuyiso Mabi
Secretary: Dumisani Ndlovu
Membership recruitment and Development: Israel Israel
Exhibitions/Curating: Tafadzwa Gwetai
Workshops and Outreach: Hlanganani H. Masuku
Activities: includes but not limited to Art classes, Exhibitions, workshops, discussions, outreach and exchanges programes
Allow me to give thanks to all the members of the VAAB and sponsors for supporting our tenure and we look forward to a new team that take VAAB further towards the vision.
Outgoing Chairman 2013-2015