“Waste no Waste: Trash is Treasure”; Recycled Art in a great cause

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….

Harare skyline....

Harare skyline….

and of course a Wild Dog as symbol of the healthy result of a cleaner environment….

wild dog!

wild dog!


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….

Wild Dog Buddie painting- a start...

Wild Dog Buddie painting- a start…

I am actually painting with the edge of my used Buddie cards, before adding them to the composition….a nice clean graphic effect…

Buddie in the Spotlight

Buddie in the Spotlight

Econet Eyes!……….

eye detail...

eye detail…

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 …..

Booker and Sunshine Waste

Booker and Sunshine Waste


I paint the canvas background…a whirlwind of colour…

Lin's whirlwind...

Lin’s whirlwind…

and the Sunshine team begin to work on it…look at what is growing…

Sunshine Zimbabwe and Lin Barrie collaboration...so exciting!

Sunshine Zimbabwe and Lin Barrie collaboration…so exciting!

final “Sunshine ” artwork…wow wow wow….so happy with this….

the final "Sunshine" artwork....

the final “Sunshine” artwork….

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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