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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:

Donation of substantial funds for a gallery rebuild at an Arts Centre for young artists in Zimbabwe

Donation of a Garison Machinjili sculpture to a charity auction for ACTSA (Action For Southern Africa), successor to the anti-apartheid movement - our donation raised £590.

Donation of a Sylvester Mubayi sculpture to a charity auction for the Zimbabwe Farmers Trust Fund which supports Zimbabwean farmers, both black and white - our donation raised £1,800.

Donations to African artists in Zimbabwe

We are the good guys in African art and we can prove it. In the sixteen years we have been trading, we have given more than £40,000 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 an Arts Centre for young artists, and sponsoring art workshops for schoolchildren with the Visual Artists' Association of Bulawayo.

painted dogs at waterhole

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.

Support for old people in Zimbabwe

In 2007 we bought two sculptures that had been donated by Tago Tazvitya and Rickson Zavare 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 from 2005 - 2010 we exhibited reclaimed wood products made by the Riverwood Mencap project. We gave 100% of the value of the products sold to the charity - we took no commission nor did we charge them a percentage of the costs of the shows. In total, we raised well over £15,000 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:

  • ACTSA (Action For Southern Africa), successor to the anti-apartheid movement - our donation raised £590
  • The Mali Development Group that works to alleviate poverty and suffering and to educate people and provide health education in Mali
  • National Autistic Society that champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and ensures that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs
  • Royal Horticultural Society that is dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting gardening

  • Zimbabwe Farmers Trust Fund which supports Zimbabwean farmers, both black and white - we donated a sculpture that raised £1,800

Related links:
Ethical business - quantifying how we have helped over the years
The Guruve story - who's behind the name and why do we do this?
Sponsored workshop for artists and schoolchildren in Bulawayo
Zimbabwean stone sculptors - our support for a centre for aspiring artists
Arts centre gallery donation - Guruve funds the rebuild in 2015
Gambian art



Painting by Gambian artist Moulaye Sarr

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