The Friends of the Gallery (FOG) is an organization of volunteers, working to promote visual art in Zimbabwe. Their main aim is to assist the National Gallery through adding to the permanent collection, supporting maintenance and upkeep of the collection and creating awareness of the Gallery’s activities.
The Friends of the Gallery and the Italian Ambassador, His Excellency Enrico de Agostini will be hosting a Fund Raising Auction on the 14th of May at his residence.
The chosen theme for the event is: “Waste no Waste: Trash is Treasure”.
The inclusion of Schools, Artists, Celebrities, Captains of Industry and the Diplomatic Community will engage different sectors of society and allow them to contribute towards this worthy cause.
I have been invited, one of 20 leading artists to paint on a rubbish bin on Saturday the 9th May in the Penthouse of the National Gallery. This event which will launch this year’s F.O.G. Fundraising Drive, will be televised and co-hosted by the Italian Ambassador and members of the NGZ board. The bins will then be donated to the City of Harare and placed at various locations throughout the city, as part of the “Keep Harare Clean” Campaign.
The bins we paint ,using the Waste no Waste-Trash is Treasure theme, will be commissioned by companys or individuals that the Ambassador invites and they will be charged $300 per painted bin. All the proceeds will be donated to the National Gallery through the FOG directive.
My bin incorporates the Harare city skyline, Van Gogh -type starry sky….
and of course a Wild Dog as symbol of the healthy result of a cleaner environment….
Another component of the Fund Raising drive is an open call to all artists to produce works centred on the Theme Waste no Waste -Trash is Treasure and making use of recycled materials. The works will then be entered into a competition and the top ten entries will be auctioned on May 14th
“Wild Dog Buddie” is a collage I am working on, incorporating used Econet Buddie cards, old brown paper and a red plastic cup picked up off the floor at a food court….
I am actually painting with the edge of my used Buddie cards, before adding them to the composition….a nice clean graphic effect…
I also am collaborating with Sunshine Zimbabwe Project…who create wonderful items such as lights and hanging baskets out of discarded plastic waste…
Booker, a creative character, is helping me put together a great recycled idea using yellow leaves cut from Mahweu Bottles …..
I paint the canvas background…a whirlwind of colour…
and the Sunshine team begin to work on it…look at what is growing…
final “Sunshine ” artwork…wow wow wow….so happy with this….