National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) Call For Entries


National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) urges all production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organisations, associations, groups, artistes, monitors and/or the publics that have outstanding published work of art but have not yet submitted them for National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) to submit to NACZ offices in Mount Pleasant or Provincial offices. Work of art can also be submitted to National Gallery of Zimbabwe near you.


The deadline for submission of 15TH NAMA entries is 30th November 2015. Entry forms are obtained from NACZ offices throughout the country, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, registered arts associations and organisations in Zimbabwe.

NACZ appointed individual and institutional Monitors who have been monitoring the work of excelling artists throughout the year and are still monitoring until the 30th of November. The monitors are professional individuals with an in-depth knowledge of the arts as well as arts organizations of repute and these are;



Literary arts Davison Maruziva

Spoken Word Chirikure chirikure

Theatre Nehemia Chivandikwa

Visual Arts Stephen Garan’anga

Dance Brian Geza

Film and Television Rumbi Katedza

Media Matthew Takaona

Music Mono Mukundu


Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust
Zimbabwe Filmmakers Association
Zimbawe International Book Fair
Zimbabwe Women Writers
Zimbabwe Music Rights Association
Zimbabwe Musicians Union
Zimbabwe College of Music
Pakare Paye Arts Centre
Zimbabwe Association of Recording Industries
Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association
Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Harare)
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Bulawayo)
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Mutare)
Chitungwiza Arts Centre
Visual Arts Association of Bulawayo
First Floor Gallery
Bulawayo Theatre
Nhimbe Trust
Savanna Trust
Harlem Mutare City Link
Charles Austin Theatre
Reps Theatre
Arts Journalists of Zimbabwe
Pamberi Trust
Magamba Cultural Activists
Initiative Arts
Poetry Bulawayo
Youth Arts Festival
Ibumba Festival
Midlands Arts and Culture Festival
Shangano Arts Festival
Rainbow Arts Festival
Kumakomoyo Arts Festival
Chimanimani Arts Festival
Dzimbabwe Arts Festival
Shoko Festival

NAMA is the forum where NACZ recognizes outstanding achievements within the arts sector. By rewarding excelling artists, NAMA stimulates more interest in the arts and raises the profile of the same. The awards are a means of encouraging creativity and excellence in the quality of the arts, making Zimbabwe a force to reckon with on the international arena.

In addition, the awards aim to inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize the arts locally, regionally and internationally. Consideration of selection will only be given to artist works published from 1st December 2014 to 30th November 2015 and Only Zimbabwean citizens or those with Zimbabwean resident status can enter their work for NAMA.

All entries must be accompanied by the artiste’s product(s). These could be in the form of videotapes, cassettes, flash drives, CDs, pictures or books. Individuals submitting works for NAMA are encouraged to supply three sets of the particular works/production to assist adjudicators. The NAMA disciplines that are adjudicated are dance, film, literary arts, theatre, music, visual arts, media and spoken word.

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