COVID-19 throws a group of sculptures in the cold

Stanley Mutanga

BY AGATHA CHUMA
SIMUKAI Sculpture Collective, a group of sculptors from different parts of the country, lamented the effects of COVID-19, which left them counting their losses.

Simukai was formed in 2017 to bring together sculptors from different parts of the country, but COVID-19 has left the group struggling to get back on their feet.

“Our overall goal is to teach ourselves how to use advanced tools focusing primarily on semi-precious stones like jasper and unakite (extremely hard stones) which has enabled us to produce quality carvers in the colors attractive,” said group coordinator Stanley Mutanga. .

“As a group, we seek to learn different skills using advanced stones, but this is still hampered by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has spared no industry. Just like our name Simukai, which means s elevate, we strive to sharpen everyone’s skills and grow in the creative industry.

Although facing financial difficulties, Mutanga said they would persevere in order to realize their plans to engage in local and foreign programs.

“Even though we try to sell our products locally, we are still struggling to get back on our feet due to the effects of COVID-19,” he added.

“Over the years we have partnered with the Gunguo Gallery in Canada and given the current situation there is little hope that we will be able to travel to Canada for an exhibition as our coffers are dry.”

The group’s workshop is located in the mining town of Kwekwe.

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