By Lindsay Chiswe
The two day PPC Imaginarium workshop at National Gallery of Zimbabwe, which began on Monday 5th of February 2017 spilling to Tuesday, surpassed expectation with more artists promising to take part in the competition.
Addressing the Artists who had come to attend the workshop Damien Grivas an Installation Artist, who was conducting the workshop, commended PPC Cement for having a workshop of this kind in Zimbabwe for the first time, were new talent is discovered for nurturing emerging artists.
“I have been amazed with the set up since I got here and the support I have been receiving is amazing”, he said.
Grivas said that, “the aim of these kind of workshops is to give people an introduction to cement and concrete and how it works and hopefully bring their inner creativity and to get people to be playful with cement.
“We do these workshops because we want people not to be afraid of using cement and concrete in their art works”, he said.
The second day was characterized with the practical side of cement usage, with various artists, including fashion designers, sculptures, and ceramicists putting their ideas into reality.
In an interview with the one of the attending artist, Victor Nyakauru, a sculpture said that, “this workshop, was above our expectations, and benefited a lot from it.
“This workshop is educative and informative because it gave me insights on cement, how to handle cement, the process of making concrete. It was not just about cement and water, but also some other ingredients which are applied there like aggregates. Moreover I also learnt, how to incorporate cement into our artist work”.
“I didn’t know any of these, which I talked about earlier, now I know the different types of moulds which are there ,and of course I am looking forward to the grand prize like everyone else, but I just wish good luck to whoever is going to win the prize”, said Nyakura.
Participants were given some protective clothing before they engaged in the making of their art works.
Grivas encouraged, artist not to be afraid to engage in this new form of art which is a new phenomenon in Zimbabwe.
“I am impressed with the turn out participation, a lot of these artists are enthusiastic with, this new concept, but there is also a lot of caution, scepticism and nervousness amongst them”.
“We are doing these workshops so that we bring out the wild imaginary art side of them”, he said.
The PPC Imaginarium competition was launched last in Zimbabwe last year in October and is going to be held every year.
PPC Cement will also be launching the Imaginarium competition in Botswana this year, and plans to expand to other SADC countries are under way.