Zimbabwean sculpture exhibition unveiled at Newby Hall

An exhibition of sculpture showcasing Zimbabwean Shona artistic talent has opened at Newby Hall near Ripon. 

The exhibition is curated by Orlando Compton, whose family owns Newby Hall, together with Zimbabwean sculptors Dudzai Mushawepwere and Matthew Nakhawale who are artists in residence at Newby until September. 

Now in its 16th year of residency at Newby Hall, the Matombo outdoor sculpture exhibition will be on display in the award-winning gardens and open to the public until 30 September or by appointment. 

Sculptors Matthew Nakh and Dudzai Mushawepwere with an exhibit at Newby Hall’s exhibition.

Featuring the work of renowned and emerging artists from all over Zimbabwe, the sculptures by solo artists, community workshops and co-operatives are all available to purchase.

As well as being able to watch Dudzai and Matthew demonstrate how the sculptures are created, visitors can get hands-on and join a workshop to learn sculpting skills under the watchful eye of the experts.   

Orlando Compton said:

“The Matombo sculpture exhibition at Newby is always popular with our visitors.

“After an extensive tour of Zimbabwe seeking out unusual artworks, we’re delighted to be showcasing sculpture that highlights the rich artistic culture of the Shona people and the country.”

Newby Hall & Gardens

Newby Hall is open seven days a week from 11am-5.30pm during North Yorkshire school holidays.

The admission price includes entry into the sculpture exhibition and to the gardens, including the adventure playground, Dollshouse exhibition and Gyles Brandreth’s Teddy Bear Collection in the Bear House.

For more information go to www.newbyhall.com and www.matombo.com.