Donations to Young Sculptors in Zimbabwe
When Guruve discovered a centre in Zimbabwe that had been established primarily to help struggling young artists, full of modern artworks of outstanding quality, it seemed the perfect place for us...
Guruve specialises in stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, showing talented young artists' work alongside pieces by the most famous names in the 'Shona sculpture' art movement.
We go in person to visit talented young Zimbabwean sculptors, which gives us the opportunity to select and purchase unique and innovative pieces of modern art directly from the artists, so they and their families get the full benefit of their efforts.
Many young artists are based at an Arts Centre project which was founded as an initiative between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Arts Council. It aimed to provide a stable place where young aspiring artists can work. These organisations provided the land and the initial raw materials, but the member artists now control policy and finances. It is a great example of African artists working together and achieving so much more than they could as individuals.
One of the Arts Centre's smaller thatched work shelters
When we first visited the centre in March 2000, it consisted merely of a field bounded by a fence within which each of the forty artists had a space to work and display their sculpture. Income from the purchase of our first shipment made the difference between success and failure for all concerned. Subsequent trips have raised enough money to fund the installation of electricity supply, and construction of an office and two impressive pole and thatch shelters.
On each of our visits to the artists at the Centre, we have given back in kind as well as bringing much-needed income. Our donations include:
We pride ourselves on doing business the way it should be done - with mutual respect and friendship. We have made many friends in Chitungwiza and are now fulfilling our promise to the artists to promote them and their work internationally.
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