Guruve is an extremely ethical company and we want to help both African artists and others through our art. We make direct gifts whilst in Africa and donate artworks to charities in the UK.
Most recent donations:
Establishment of a fund for an HIV/AIDS support group at Chitungwiza Arts Centre, to pay for testing of artists and for sustenance for recovery of positive members once on the free RZT course.
We are the good guys in African art and we can prove it. In the thirteen years we have been trading, we have given more than £19,200 in donations and gifts directly to individual artists and to group associations and charities. This section should put your mind at ease about our ethics... so challenge other dealers to see if they can PROVE they do the same.
When we visit African artists we often make to donations in addition to the purchases we make. Over the years we have given large quantities of sculpting tools and equipment to sculptors, specialist printing inks to our printmaker, and oil paints, brushes and acrylic paints to the various painters we show. We have also made donations to local artists' associations, including paying for construction of workspaces and an office and installation of electricity and sponsoring a competition for the Chitungwiza Arts Centre, and sponsoring art workshops for schoolchildren with the Visual Artists' Association of Bulawayo.
On our 2008 visit to Zimbabwe, we visited the Save Valley Conservancy, where vital work is being done to preserve and protect African painted hunting dogs, Africa's second-rarest carnivore after the Ethiopian mountain wolf.
Wildlife Direct is the charity sponsoring this fantastic project, to whom we donated funds towards desnaring a pup and essential food and supplies for the research team. Chishakwe ranch, where the project is based, would love to expand hunting dog tourism (increasing revenue from non-game hunting means) so if anyone is interested, please get in touch.
In 2007 we bought two sculptures that had been donated by Tago Tazvitya and Rickson Zavare ('Murehwa') during their joint exhibition. We paid a generous amount for them in the knowledge that the funds were going directly to the Bumhudzo Home for the Elderly. The home is run by the Salvation Army and provides around 100 elderly residents with food, shelter, pastoral care and basic medical attention. We were greatly saddened to learn that the recent food shortages had lead to the deaths of many residents and that the current economic situation was making it very difficult for the home to operate. Any further donations to this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.
Active Charity Support
We donate 10% of the income from sales of work by Gambian artists to GETS (Gambia Education and Teaching Support). In recent years, we have raised £725 for them and earmarked this for their new Busambala community centre and school project.
At our outdoor shows we exhibit reclaimed wood products made by the Riverwood Mencap project. We give 100% of the value of the products sold to the charity - we take no commission nor do we charge them a percentage of the costs of the shows. In total, we have now raised £14,800 for Greenwich Mencap:
Donations To Charity
Over the years we have also had opportunities to make donations to help other charitable causes. We have participated in fund-raising activities for:
We have also donated artworks to charities' fund-raising auctions. These include: