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 The Livingstone Art Gallery - Finding new horizons in artBy: CLARE MATEKEEmail: livingstoneartgallery@gmail.comWebsite: http://livingstoneartgallery.weebly.comLivingstone Art Gallery launched its second group art exhibition in February, entitled ‘Reaching New Horizons’. The exhibition, organised by the Visual Arts Council, features works from some 30 artists and will run through May 2015.Artists from around Zambia are featured, including prominent artists Vincent Maonde, Lawrence Yombwe,... Read On
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To mark Zambia’s 50th IndependenceAnniversary, an art exhibition was held at the Royal Livingstone Hotel to showcase a selection of the region’s leading visual artists. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Best of Zambia’, visions to conjure up Africa,  its spirit, its wildlife, its people and its magnificent wild places. Eleven artists and one photographer exhibited their work; vibrant colours and eclectic subject matter exposed the viewer to glimpses of what Zambia has to offer. A... Read On
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Art lovers visiting Livingstone will be excited by the new Livingstone Art Gallery, the first government- built art gallery in the country, which was opened to the public by the Minister of Tourism and Arts, the Hon Jean Kapata, in October. The gallery was launched with a national exhibition to celebrate Zambia’s Independence Golden Jubilee. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Fifty Years of Free Expression’ and comprised a wide range of art works of various disciplines, including painting,... Read On
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By Helen PatchetAcrobats, comedians, singers, actors, dancers, poets, guitarists, fashion shows and craft stalls, all together in Harare signals HIFA time again.The Harare International Festival of Arts is a showcase of skills, creativity and entertainment expressed through a variety of genres. This year’s theme of ‘Switch On’ was an invitation by the events founder and artistic director, Manuel Bagorro, to “seek out the light in darkness - to explore the capacity in each and every one of us... Read On
Posted In: Harare
BY ALINA MATEKEMtonga Art Gallery is located on Mosi-oa-Tunya Road in Livingstone, next to Bushtracks. Peter Mtonga has been running his gallery since 2010 and says business is flourishing, but this was not always the case.Born in 1985 in Kitwe, Zambia, Mtonga is the sole artist in the family although he never studied art in school. He only took up art seriously in 2000 -previously he was a street vender, selling drinks and boiled eggs on the streets, and he helped out on his grandmother’s farm... Read On
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Flags of many countries fluttered in the summer wind of New Mexico’s high desert as nearly 150 artists unpacked their work. Just outside of the city of Santa Fe, the annual International Folk Art Market celebrated its tenth year this past July. Botswana was represented by Thitaku Kushonya and her handmade baskets, featuring traditional patterns such as the ‘Roof of the Rondavel’ and ‘Knees of the Tortoise.’The Market is the brainchild of the International Museum of Folk Art as a way for artists... Read On
Posted In: Okavango
 Well known Livingstone artist, Lawrence Yombwe’s latest collection of artwork called ‘African Bouquet’ is a series of flower pictures based on Mbusa symbols from the Bemba tribe of the Northern Province of Zambia.These symbols were taught to Lawrence and Agnes a night before their white wedding by traditional midwives (Banachimbusa, they depict how they should live as husband and wife. The symbols have hidden meanings representing love, growth, harmony, hygiene, productivity, and serving.... Read On
Posted In: Livingstone
Prolific and proudly Zambian, Gabriel Ellison’s work spans six decades as a graphic design artist, painter and writer whose considerable contribution to Zambia has helped to establish its national identity and heritage. Her work and contribution to the arts has earned her the honour of Grand Officer of Distinguished Service from the Zambian government and also an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen of England.Ellison is best known for assisting in designing the national flag of Zambia... Read On
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After enjoying a traditional dance performance given by Mwedzi Muchena, a tribal dance group, Usch Pilz, a German writer and translator who spends several weeks each year in Zimbabwe, took the opportunity to talk to two members of the ensemble. Pardon Kanda and Simbarashe Chilenga from Mwedzi Muchena were happy to answer her questions.UP: I just watched your performance …SC: We hope you liked it!UP: I did – especially the harvest dance. It was very lively, and one of your guys was even... Read On
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Kerry BradfordKerry grew up in Nepal in the city of Kathmandu and travelled much of the world as a young child,allowing her to compile the extensive visual mental library that inspires her art. She studied Fine Art in Bristol (UK) before moving to Zimbabwe in 1991, and has lived in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), ever since with her husband and three children. Her work combines all the languages of art - line, texture, colour, sculpture, form, tone and composition, all woven together to create her... Read On
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Mr. and Mrs “Mpisi” Ndhlovu hosted a training course at their home near Monde in the Hwange Communal Area near Victoria Falls. The aim of the course was to train local rural women to produce items such as women’s handbags and items of art made from local plants and the seeds of indigenous trees. The beautiful products will be displayed at the August 2013 UNWTO conference at Victoria Falls. Ms. Sithole is the local coordinator for the Zimbabwe Home Industries and Markets Association (ZHIMA),Read... Read On
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International Museum Day falls on 18 May every year. On this day museums around the world organise special activities for their visitors. The theme for this year is ‘Museum (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change,’ chosen by the International Council of Museums.Livingstone Museum offers free entry to all to mark the day.  This year we are focusing on children who are about to leave school.Livingstone is the tourist capital of Zambia, yet many children here leave school and struggle to find... Read On
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