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Spirit in Stone 2018

The Zimbabwe Shona Exhibition: 'Spirit in Stone'

  • Proceeds from 'Spirit in Stone' support the Maori School project
  • Affordable and investment artwork available
  • Live Sculpting on-site
  • Hundreds of beautiful traditional and contemporary works to see!

Launches Saturday 18th August!

The Sculpture Park, Surrey is proud to present:  “Spirit  in  Stone”, an exhibition featuring over 200 unique sculptures made by Shona artists from Zimbabwe.

Visitors will get the opportunity to witness Shona artists making new sculptures in the workshop and learn about the creative process. You will hear from the artists, get insight into Shona culture and find out what has inspired these unique and soulful pieces. Proceeds from the exhibition will support the Maori School Project in Mashonaland Central Province Zimbabwe.

The Exhibition runs from the 18th August with live demonstration until the 14th September. Artwork is available for sale, immediate collection and delivery throughout show, up until everything is sold!

Key artists include current first and second generation sculptors works as well as works from the great giants and first generation sculptors.

Social Media 210 x 297 with 3mm Bleed Spirit Stone working advert Surrey Homes sept 2018

African stone sculpture from Zimbabwe is often called Shona sculpture, named after the largest tribe engaged in this type of sculpting in the region. The country of Zimbabwe derived it's name from the Shona word 'dzimbabzamabwe' which means ‘house of stone’. Zimbabwe is the only country on the African continent that has the accessible deposits of the type of stone suitable for sculpting.

This art movement draws in sculptors from many surrounding African countries – Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia etc. – so while the Shona people are still predominant, other cultural influences have enriched the creation of the sculptures that bear their name. This helped develop and grow the shona sculpture movement, and provide new influences. In the early 1970’s the world recognized that this new art movement has been born in Africa and collectors started snapping up work.

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