Artists called to express the transforming world of work in a greener Zimbabwe

Recognising that there are jobs in the world of Art, a Competition for the Arts ‘Fast Forward: The Future of Work in a Green Economy’ was launched on 8 July ending on August 25, 2019 under the Green enterPRIZE project supported by the Government of Sweden. Shortlisted artists, who will take part in the official competition, will be announced on August 26.

News | 29 July 2019
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In celebrating its Centenary, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has launched an arts competition that seeks to boost the creative economy in Zimbabwe to increase conversations with artists about new forces transforming the world of work, with a special focus on the transition to a green economy.

Besides the prize money, the ILO will help winners to promote their work through a group exhibition and also offer a training course on how artists can improve their visibility, access markets and protect their intellectual property.

Under the Green enterPRIZE project supported by the Government of Sweden, the Competition for the Arts ‘Fast Forward: The Future of Work in a Green Economy’ is set to reward artists that express the changing world of work in a greener economy. The initiative counts on the support of the British Council, the Culture Fund, the National Arts Council and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

The ILO Director for Zimbabwe and Namibia Hopolang Phororo said the competition provides space for innovation and creativity to be expressed through art on how the future of work in a greener economy can strengthen the labour market to achieve environmental goals.

“Through the initiative, our desire is to get a glimpse of how patterns of employment and skills will be transformed through the lenses of artists. We encourage youth to participate in the competition and to think through new business models which present opportunities and the need for responsible management practices.”

“We need to engage and amplify the voices of artists to bring new insights that contribute towards shaping the future world of work in Zimbabwe".

“By so doing, we wish to contribute to building the entrepreneurial capacity of artists to create sustainable enterprises,” she said.
The national call for entries opened 8 July ending on August 25, 2019 while the 30 shortlisted artists, who will take part in the official competition will be announced on August 26.
Added Phororo: “We are making this call to all artists in the visual arts category that includes paintings, illustrations and photography, and performing arts (music), poetry or a combination of any of these.
“No one is being left out. You might be in the urban or rural area, talent that is qualified to the demands of the competition is what matters.”
The creative works of those in the official competition will be exhibited at a public event and the main awards ceremony will be held in October.