BULAWAYO, Saturday, September 14, 1991 — The Ministry of Education and Culture is only too willing to give a hand in retrieving the Bulawayo Art Gallery’s permanent collection of child art which is tied up in Bulgaria, the deputy minister, Cde Gabriel Machinga, said in Bulawayo yesterday.
Officially opening the 24th national annual schools exhibition in Bulawayo, Cde Machinga said his ministry was very concerned to learn that the collection collected over several years when schools exhibition was organised by the Bulawayo-Eisteddford Society had been tied up in Bulgaria.
‘’If full details and circumstances under which this unfortunate development has taken place are made available, my ministry is only too willing to give a hand in retrieving this important national heritage,’’ he said.
It was heartening, said the deputy minister, to note that the Bulawayo Art Gallery had made a determined effort to involve the young generation in the arts such as water colour painting, drawings using crayon and pencil, batik and forms of art and crafts.
‘’I understand that Zimbabwean school children won two golds and one silver at the World’s International Children’s Biennal held Japan last year. This is indeed commendable,’’ said Cde Machinga.
He expressed pleasure that many children turned up at the Bulawayo Art Gallery for art lessons during their school holidays.
‘’This is significant because art helps in the formation and development of a young mind. To appreciate colour and form, to feel an emotional joy when looking at visual arts, is an enriching experience which should not be denied our children,’’ he said.