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
BOARD OF ADVISORS TRUSTEES
Voti Thebe, Arts administrator
Jeanette Johnson, Artist
Activities: includes Exhibitions, workshops, discussions and exchanges programes