UK: ZIMBABWEAN creativity has found a home in a new exhibition at an historic North Yorkshire hall.
Newby Hall, near Ripon, is displaying an extensive collection Zimbabwean Shona sculpture.
The collection has been curated by Orlando Compton, whose family owns Newby Hall, together with travelling Zimbabwean sculptors Chenjerai Chiripanyanga, Dudzai Mushawepwere and Matthew Nakhawale who are artists in residence at Newby over the summer.
Now in its 13th year of residency at Newby Hall, the outdoor sculpture exhibition will be on permanent display in the award-winning gardens and open to the public until September 30, or by appointment.
Featuring the work of renowned and emerging artists from all over Zimbabwe, the sculptures are purchased directly from solo artists, community workshops and co-operatives and are available to buy until the end of the exhibition in September.
Visitors can not only watch the artists demonstrating how the sculptures are created, but they can also get hands-on and learn new sculpting skills under the watchful eye of the experts.
Mr Compton said: “The arrival of Matombo Sculpture at Newby is always keenly anticipated and we’re delighted to host this year’s collection again in the grounds at Newby.
“We travelled extensively around Zimbabwe to seek out really unusual pieces in different styles to highlight the rich artistic culture of Zimbabwe – so there really is something for everyone.”