A Chinhoyi-based art and sculpture organisation, Hillock Arts Foundation, will between September 7 and 9 host a fundraising art exhibition at the Chinhoyi Caves Hotel for their United Kingdom tour set for September 20.
Report by Simbarashe Manhango
Featuring some renowned artists from Chinhoyi, the event will showcase works that include sculptures, wood carvings, textiles and crafts. It will also present performing arts productions in dance, music and theatre.
The exhibition will be officially launched by delegates from the Iranian Embassy who have supported the foundation over the years.
Founder and director of the
Hillock Arts Foundation, Raphael Jamu, told Standard-life&style, that the event was meant to raise funds for their tour.
“As a foundation, we are not capable of meeting expenses that include flights and accommodation,” said Jamu.
“We thought of hosting this exhibition to raise funds for the tour. This is our first time to tour the United Kingdom and as the founder, I feel we should not miss this opportunity to get exposure and market ourselves.”
Jamu will travel to the UK with six other artists for the two-week tour that was facilitated by the Staedtla Pencil Company based in Britain.
The artists will showcase different art styles while promoting the sponsor’s product.
Staedtla Pencil Company is the stable behind the manufacturing of HB pencils worldwide.
Formed in 2008, Hillock Arts Foundation is primarily concerned with promoting artists with exceptional talent.
Students from the foundation have enrolled at a number of arts institutions around the world.
“Currently, we have eight students that have enrolled with international universities while 22 are attached to local institutions.
“If we acquire adequate financial assistance to develop our foundation, we aim to make this the best school of art in the country,” said Jamu.
Jamu, who is also the provincial chairperson for the Zimbabwe Youth in Tourism in Mashonaland West, added that he had made inroads in securing foreign contacts through engaging embassies.
“We are working closely with the Iranian Embassy and they have supported us in many ways,” he said.
The foundation’s alignment to the embassy has enabled them to secure scholarships for 40 students.