may, 2019

01may11:00 am31jul(jul 31)5:00 pmAFRICAN SCULPTURE EXHIBITION in the WALLED GARDENS


Event Details

The Shona Sculpture Exhibition in the Walled Gardens at Loseley Park from 1st May to 31st July 2019

Garden opening times and entry fees apply (£7.50 adults; £6.50 concession; £4.00 child):  Sunday – Thursday 11.00am – 5.00pm).

The stone used by Zimbabwean sculptors is unique in the world, in the range of colours that can be found in veins of the rock that are literally next to one another in the earth; shades of avocado, pomegranate, granadilla, lemon, peach, plum, grape and mulberry.

“Shona sculpture is perhaps the most important new art form to emerge from Africa in the 21st century”  Newsweek

This tradition… is a genuinely indigenous art form; one that has its roots in ancestor worship and belief in the abiding presence of spirits.  They are producing, some say, the finest stonework in the world.  The Economist.

“It is extraordinary to think that of the ten leading sculptor-carvers in the world, perhaps five come from one single African tribe, the Shona” Sunday Telegraph

The real significance of this tribal art is that it shows us, locked within our own culture, that there are other ways of being human; there are alternative visions that have their own validity.  David Attenborough

No power tools are used at any stage in the quarrying of the stone.  The artists use chasing hammers, chisels, rasps and finally sandpaper (from rough to very fine water papers) for finishing.  They often make their tools themselves.  The highly polished finish is achieved by heating the stone near a wood fire and then, when it is very hot, a colourless wax is painted on those parts of the stone the artist wants polished.  Although they can read the stone’s colour in its unpolished stage, there are subtleties that are only apparent once the stone is waxed.

Contact:  Tel: 0776 5075170.  0776 8403353


May 1 (Wednesday) 11:00 am - July 31 (Wednesday) 5:00 pm

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