The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards(ZAA) organisers have announced that renowned South African artist Ian Warden will exhibit his art at the awards ceremony on Saturday 7th May in London.
Part of the proceeds from the event will go to Vimba, the ZAA’s chosen charity for 2016.
The founder of Original Art SA, who will be showcasing his work at a series of exhibitions over the next few weeks in the UK has said that he is looking forward to sharing his latest collection with guests at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards this weekend.
“I will showcase a number of pieces that are inspired by the life around me,” said Warden.
Ian, a watercolor artist was born in Peterborough England in 1944 and raised in Harare (then Salisbury) Zimbabwe.
After earning a degree in Social Science at Rhodes University in 1964, he worked as a social worker in Mbare, Harare.
Captivated by the spirit of the local people in the community, in particular the unsung heroines,his work is predominantly inspired by the women of Southern Africa and can be seen in a series of art pieces he has produced over the years.
Ian’s paintings also give insight into the daily lives, struggles and the success of people. From the stories of men at work,to the heart-warming lives of ‘fisher ladies’, to the thought provoking survival story of a little girl earning her school fees from her ‘Spaza Shop’, his work illustrates the intricate trials and tribulations that people endure.
“The different strokes, Kitsch’en art; Men at work; Southern canvas, and Women of Southern Africa are all aspects of my work and things that inspire many of my pieces” Warden said.
The ZAA annual celebration dinner has become a prominent and exclusive social event and the premium platform for recognising the hard work and achievements of Zimbabweans who reside in the UK.
It continues to promote corporate social responsibility through supporting various charitable causes and will this year support charity, Vimba.
Founded in 2007, Vimba strives to create environments which foster a child’s development among other initiatives. Vimba provide shelter, food, informal education, regular health check-ups and the chance for a child to lead as close to a normal existence as possible.
Vimba which means ‘hope’ has a large team of volunteers that assist with the distribution of food and supplies to areas that are most affected by poverty and provides vital feedback and direction to areas that require support and development.
“We view ourselves as a charity that does not create a cycle of donor dependency, but rather one that empowers people, teaches life skills, and facilitates development within a community,” said Vimba spokesman Graeme Freeland. “We are always looking to partner with like minded corporations who want to make a difference in Southern Africa and we are glad to have the support of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards,who have for years promoted a number of community and charity initiatives,” he added.Now in its sixth year, the awards ceremony is being held at the Royal Garden hotel in Kensington, London.