Preservation of Ndebele Art and Architecture

We had the honour of hosting on Wednesday 12 December the launch of the book Preservation of Ndebele Arts and Architecture. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, the book has chapter contributions by Pathisa Nyathi, Professor John Knight, Clifford Zulu and Andre F. van Rooyen. Editors are Violette Kee-Tui and Pathisa Nyathi.
Courtesy of a grant under the auspices of the USA Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the book documents the art of traditional hut painting as practiced by women in Matobo district. The structural outlay of Ndebele homesteads is also explored and its symbolism unpacked.
The guest of honour at the launch was His Excellency, the USA Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian A. Nichols.
The book is highly recommended particularly for those interested in understanding Ndebele hut painting – when it is done, by whom, how and for what purpose.
The book is not for sale but copies will be available in local libraries for greater public access.
Pictures show highlights of what was an awesome day.

Preservation of Ndebele Art and Architecture

Ambassador Brian A Nichols hands over a copy of the book to daughter of painted home owner

Ambassador Brian A. Nichols holds a copy of the book handed over by Pathisa Nyathi

Ambassador Brian A. Nichols holds a copy of the book handed over by Pathisa Nyathi

Preservation of Ndebele Art and Architecture

The United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Brian A. Nichols, will be at Amagugu International Heritage Centre on Wednesday 1 2 December 2018. The occasion is the launch of the book Preservation of  Ndebele Art and Architecture. Chapter contributions in the book are by Pathisa Nyathi, Clifford Zulu, Andre F. van Rooyen and John Knight. Editors are Pathisa Nyathi and Violette Kee Tui. The book documents traditional hut painting as practised in Matobo District. Vernacular architecture, as epitomised by rondavel huts and outlay of Ndebele homesteads, is also a core focus of the book. The project is funded under the auspices of the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. Copies of the book will be available in local libraries.

Invitation to Book Launch - Preservation of Ndebele Art and Architecture

Invitation to Book Launch – Preservation of Ndebele Art and Architecture