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Guruve promotes the very best in contemporary African art, finding talented young artists and bringing their work to a wider audience.

Guruve specialises in contemporary stone sculpture from Zimbabwe.

At Guruve, we treat artists with the respect they deserve, and pay the artists excellent prices for their work plus making donations and gifts to individual artists and to group associations and charities. Why not challenge other dealers to see if they can PROVE they do the same?

New 2017 collection of Zimbabwean sculpture

Our new collection of wonderful works from Zimbabwe's finest contemporary sculptors is now live on the web gallery. Particular highlights include:

If you would like to buy or view any artworks, please email us or call us on (+44) 7956 897978.

goats painting by Lovemore Kambudzi

Exciting new addition to Guruve's gallery

We are delighted to announce that works by internationally acclaimed and controversial artist Lovemore Kambudzi are now available on our web gallery. Lovemore has become known as 'the eye of the people', as his honest and humorous paintings reveal the highs and lows of life in contemporary Zimbabwe, where the political and economic situation is an all-pervasive backdrop to his vibrant and dynamic canvases. Enjoy!


National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!

We are delighted to announce that Rufaro Murenza has been selected as a finalist in Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that Rufaro has been shortlisted for the 3D visual arts category of NAMA.
A huge well done, Rufaro, and our commiserations on the controversial decision on the night!


The Shona Sculpture Gallery opens in Harare

photo of the sculpture garden at SSGThe verdant gardens at The Shona Sculpture Gallery in Harare which opened in March 2016

Guruve's sister gallery, the Shona Sculpture Gallery, finally opened its gates to the public in March 2016 after three years of preparation. With a delightful sculpture garden and a Spanish-style verandah for smaller works, we are already getting great reviews on TripAdvisor. A much-needed positive development for the art movement and artists on the ground in Zimbabwe!

SSG is located at 20 Airport Road so it's easy to find if you're ever passing through Harare, Zimbabwe, and we look forward to welcoming you!


New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectors

Exciting new additions to our 'collectors' gallery include:

  • Bernard Matemera - genuine works by this master sculptor of Zimbabwe's SHona art movement available from a private collector via Guruve
  • Henry Munyaradzi - new works by the most collectable and best-known of the Shona sculptors of Zimbabwe
  • Joseph Ndandarika - two museum-quality works from 1973 and
  • Malangatana Ngwenya - new works by Mozambique's best-known artist
Guruve is increasingly becoming a hub for the secondary market in
Shona sculpture by the most famous names in the art movement, so do keep checking our web gallery for new pieces being sold on behalf of private collectors or contact us if you have a piece you wish to sell.


Guruve funds the new gallery structure for young artists

guruve donations helping african artistsGuruve's donation funds the new gallery structure - building work complete!

Guruve sent US$3,000 in July 2015 to fund the construction of a new central gallery space at the Arts Centre for up and coming young sculptors in Zimbabwe, roughly ten years after we funded the original building. See the whole project unfold in photos - work was completed in a week!

CAC sign thanks guruve for financial helpArts Centre sign thanks Guruve Ltd for assistance in rebuilding the gallery structure

After sixteen years, we are still doing business the right way!


National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!

We are delighted to announce that last year's winner of Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Awards 3D visual arts category, Rufaro Murenza, was selected as a finalist again this year, although unfortunately he was not the winner. A huge well done, Rufaro, much deserved!


2014 exhibition of Shona sculpture Photo taken at Guruve's 2014 exhibition

Guruve's annual Summer Exhibition of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire

The opening day was Saturday 13 June, from 10am - 5pm, with drinks.
The exhibition continued through to Sunday 21st June.

View the Catalogue for the Exhibition.

2014 exhibition of Shona sculpturePhoto taken at Guruve's 2014 exhibition


New 2015 sculpture collection from Zimbabwe

Guruve's wonderful selection of contemporary Shona sculpture is now available on the web gallery.

To buy or to reserve a piece for viewing, please do email us or call us on +44 07956 897978, or add your details to the mailing list for notification of future exhibitions and collection launches.

details from three new sculptures for 2015

National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!

We are delighted to announce another winner of Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Awards! After being a finalist last year, Rufaro Murenza was chosen as the winner of the 3D visual arts category of NAMA 2015.
A huge well done, Rufaro, much deserved!

Congratulations too go to old friend Clifford Zulu who was awarded best exhibition for curating 'Crossing The Bridge'.


A new breed of African art collectors emerges

A strong domestic network of local collectors is essential for the health and stability of the contemporary African art market - it's no good for 'tribal' and current objets d'art to fly into private collections outside the continent. This fascinating article in The Art Newspaper identifies a nascent trend among wealthy African patrons of the arts that we hope gathers momentum!


New 2015 sculpture collection from Zimbabwe

Following a very successful visit to Zimbabwe, Guruve's wonderful selection of contemporary Shona sculpture will be available on the web gallery from early 2015. If there is an artist whose work you are particularly keen to see, please do email us and request a preview of new works, or add your details to the mailing list.

details from three new sculptures for 2014

New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectors

Exciting new additions to our 'collectors' gallery include:

  • new works by Henry Munyaradzi, the most collectable and best-known of the Shona sculptors of Zimbabwe
  • a rare piece from 1973 by Joseph Ndandarika and
  • more lovely pieces by Brighton Sango, the influential 'second-generation' abstract artist
  • newly-added artist Boira Mteki of the original Workshop School

Guruve is increasingly becoming a hub for the secondary market in
Shona sculpture by the most famous names in the art movement, so do keep checking our web gallery for new pieces being sold on behalf of private collectors or contact us if you have a piece you wish to sell.


Forthcoming visit to Zimbabwe

Following a very successful summer season of events and exhibitions, Guruve will be returning to Africa shortly to spend lots of money! All of our best artists are already working on our behalf and we hope to find another wonderful selection of contemporary Shona sculpture. The web gallery is looking rather depleted, so if there is an artist whose work you are particularly keen on but the current selection is limited, please do email us and request a preview of new works, or add your details to the mailing list for 2015.


Summer 2014 Events and Exhibitions

Following a very successful RHS Chelsea Flower Show, our busy summer season of events and exhibitions continues with the opening of our annual exhibition on Saturday 14th June (and continues through to Sunday 22nd) and then on to Hampton Court And Hyde Hall Flower Shows. Hope to see you there, and if you're far away then check out the online gallery.

details from three new sculptures for 2014

New 2014 collection of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe now available

Our new collection of wonderful works from Zimbabwe's finest contemporary sculptors is now on the web gallery. Particular highlights include:

We have a lovely selection of new paintings by Charles Nkomo as well.

If you would like to buy or view any artworks, please email us or call us on (+44) 7956 897978.

part of The Celebration by Charles Nkomo

National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!

Rufaro Murenza was selected as one of the three finalists for the 3D visual arts category of Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Awards 2014, although sadly he wasn't chosen as overall winner. Well done Rufaro!

Previous winners promoted by Guruve: Boet Nyariri in 2012 and 2010 and Onias Mupumha in 2008.


Frank McEwen bequest now online

Images of the sculptures bequested by Frank McEwen, OBE, to the British Museum are now online. The collection includes early works by some of the most significant artists in the Shona sculpture art movement, and we're sure our collectors will find them fascinating.

Frank McEwen, OBE was the influential first curator of the National Gallery in Salisbury, Rhodesia (1957-1973). He encouraged local artists and brought their work to a worldwide audience, with ground-breaking exhibitions at Musée Rodin and the ICA amongst others. He retired in 1973, due to ill-health caused by continued resistance to his work from his white peers.


New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectors

Guruve are delighted to announce new additions to our gallery including:

Guruve is increasingly becoming a hub for the secondary market in Shona sculpture by the most famous names in the art movement, so keep checking our web gallery for new pieces being sold on behalf of private collectors or contact us if you have a piece you wish to sell.


Our exhibitions of Zimbabwean sculpture in Summer 2013

Our annual Summer Exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture opens on June 22 and continues until June 30 in the lovely gardens at Hopleys Nursery in Much Hadham in Hertfordshire. An online catalogue is now available.

We are holding a Summer-long exhibition of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe at RHS Hyde Hall gardens near Chelmsford, Essex. The exhibition opened on 1 May and runs through to 1 September.

Smaller pieces are on display in the shop, and we will be there in person with a fabulous collection of small and medium-sized pieces in the Visitors' Lounge from 1-11 August.

You can also see us exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show. Full details of all exhibitions are on our events page.

guruve exhibition at RHS Hyde Hall

New 2013 collection of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe now available

Our new collection of wonderful works from Zimbabwe's finest contemporary sculptors is now on the web gallery. Particular highlights include:

  • the massively talented Munyaradzi Jeche who just goes from strength to strength and who has a reasonable claim to being Zimbabwe's best young sculptor,
  • perennial favourite Peter Gwisa, one of our most popular artists in 2012, and
  • Tonderai Sowa, a recent addition to our gallery and whose work has been a huge hit

Following a successful exhibition of his work in 2011, we are delighted that we have a lovely selection of new paintings by Charles Nkomo as well.

If you would like to buy or view any artworks, please email us or call us on (+44) 7956 897978.


National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!

Washington Matafi was one of the three nominees for the 3D visual arts category of the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2013 (for the second time). He was a finalist in 2009 as well.

Special personal congratulations to our friend Styx Mhlanga who was nominated in the Outstanding Director category.

Previous winners promoted by Guruve: Boet Nyariri in 2012 and 2010 and Onias Mupumha in 2008.

Previous finalists: Rickson Zavare (2011, 2010), Washington Matafi (2009), Peter Gwisa (2009) and Ishmael Chitiyo (2008), and printmaker Dumisani Ndlovu.


New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectors

Guruve are delighted to announce new additions to our gallery:

Opportunities to buy important works by such sought-after African artists do not come along very often!


New on the Guruve Gallery - a lovely "Henry" from a private collector

Guruve are delighted to announce a new addition to our gallery:
"Grandmother And Grandson"
A very impressive sculpture by Henry Munyaradzi, the most collectable and best-known of the master sculptors of Zimbabwe's
Shona sculpture movement

Opportunities to buy important works by the most sought-after first-generation Shona artists do not come along very often!


Chapungu goes into liquidation

In a very sad day for the Zimbabwean sculpture movement, the Daily News announced on 5 Nov 2012 that Chapungu, Harare's foremost gallery of Shona sculpture, has gone into liquidation.

This famous gallery, a well-known tourist destination and organiser of many prestigious international exhibitions, has been struggling financially for many years and even the return of its owner, Roy Guthrie, from the USA has not been enough to turn things around.

This leaves Harare without a single major gallery specialising in indigenous stone sculpture. The art movement needs a visionary promoter; otherwise the risk is of a terminal decline.

Read the full article here.


New sculptures by Boet Nyariri now on our web gallery

Specially commissioned by Guruve, these four lovely ladies are absolutely astonishing. (See 'Waiting To Engage' pictured right, for instance!)

Each one is a masterpiece, with beautifully detailed finishing, all done by hand by Boet Nyariri, winner of this year's National Arts Merit Awards for best sculptor in Zimbabwe.

Please ask if you'd like us to email you high resolution images of any of these pieces.

2102 exhibition of Shona sculpture

Guruve Summer Exhibition 16 - 24 June 2012

Guruve's next event is our annual exhibition of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe. Click here for more information!

The venue for the exhibition is Hopleys Nursery in Much Hadham in Hertfordshire. Hopleys is a family-run nursery with a 5-acre planted garden and a fantastic new restaurant. We will be transforming the wonderful gardens at Hopley's into a sculpture garden for our annual art exhibition.

photo from Guruve's 2011 exhibition of Shona sculpturePhoto taken at Guruve's 2011 exhibition


New addition to the Guruve Gallery - a lovely "Henry" from a private collector

Guruve are delighted to announce a new addition to our gallery:
"The Wedding" by Henry Munyaradzi
A lovely sculpture by Shona master sculptor Henry Munyaradzi, the most collectable of the master sculptors of Zimbabwe's
Shona sculpture movement

Opportunities to buy works by sought-after first-generation Shona artists do not come up very often!


New 2012 collection of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe now available

Our new collection of wonderful works from Zimbabwe's finest contemporary sculptors is now on the web gallery. Particular highlights include:

Following a successful exhibition of his work in 2011, we are delighted that we have a lovely selection of new paintings by Charles Nkomo as well.

If you would like to buy or view any artworks, please email us or call us on (+44) 7956 897978.

details from three new sculptures for 2012

"An African Summer at Exbury" - Exhibition - Apr 7 - Jul 15

We are holding a major exhibition of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. Grand opening on Easter Saturday through to 15 July 2012. Over 30 large sculptures will be displayed in the herbaceous borders area, plus a selection of smaller works.

Exbury hosted a very successful exhibition of Shona sculpture in 2003 organised by the prestigious Chapungu gallery of Zimbabwe, and they are delighted to see the return of this amazing art form.


National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!

Boet Nyariri has won the 10th prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2012 3D sculpture category (for the second time). He is only the second artist to win twice (the other being Dominic Benhura!). Fantastic news for Zimbabwe's most talented figurative sculptor, and a huge well done from us!

Rickson Zavare was one of the two runners-up. Unfortunately, he was not chosen as winner - for the third year in a row! Nevertheless, it's a tremendous achievement, well done Rickson.

Previous winners promoted by Guruve: Boet Nyariri in 2010 and Onias Mupumha in 2008.

Previous finalists: Rickson Zavare (2011, 2010), Washington Matafi (2009), Peter Gwisa (2009) and Ishmael Chitiyo (2008), and printmaker Dumisani Ndlovu.


New 2012 selection of Zimbabwean Shona sculpture coming soon

We have just returned from another rewarding visit to our fantastic group of sculptors in Zimbabwe. There are some wonderful works en route to the UK, and they will appear on the web gallery in March 2012.

  • 2012 NAMA winner Boet Nyariri, Zimbabwe's finest representational sculptor,
  • the super selection of work from Tanyanyiwa Nyandoro, our most popular artist in 2011
  • and a larger collection by last year's discovery Tonderai Sowa whose work was a massive hit.

If you would like to see a preview of work by a particular artist, please contact us and we will send images to you before the gallery launch.

details from three new sculptures for 2012

Fantastic prizes going under the hammer in fundraising auction for
African Wildlife Conservation Fund

The wonderful Lowveld Wild Dog Project is organising a fundraising dinner in Harare on Saturday 19th November. Although you may not be able to attend in person, you can place a bid by email. Some of the prizes that have been donated are stupendous - including safari trips at top-end lodges in the Savé Valley Conservancy where the Wild Dog Project is based. If you win, it will be worth the flights!

The Auction Catalogue is now available online and details of how to bid via email are on page 18. If you'd like to support the project, even if you're not bidding, details are on the Lowveld Wild Dog Project website. There is also a fascinating blog, including the discovery that two dogs from SE Zimbabwe have turned up in Botswana, a nearly 500km trip!


Chris Ofili's first artworks using elephant dung discovered in Bulawayo

In 1992, Chris Ofili participated in the British Council-funded Pachipamwe Workshop at Cyrene Mission outside Bulawayo. It was here that he discovered elephant dung, the material that became his trademark. The three works he produced at the artists' workshop were donated to the National Gallery in Bulawayo, where they have just been rediscovered - but are in urgent need of conservation as the dung has deteriorated somewhat!

Read more about this fantastic story about the early influences of Zimbabwe on Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili on the Art Newspaper website.


Guruve Exhibition at Exbury in 2012

Very exciting news - Guruve will be organising a major exhibition of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire for Spring and Summer 2012. Dates are yet to be finalised, but will be from around Easter through to mid-Summer.

Exbury hosted a very successful exhibition of Shona sculpture in 2003 organised by the prestigious Chapungu gallery of Zimbabwe, and they are delighted to see the return of this amazing art form.


Guruve is now on Facebook

Guruve now has its own Facebook page where you can see a selection of videos and pictures of the African artists we promote. More being added all the time. Remember, if you like our site, you can express this by clicking on the Facebook 'Like' button in the navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen.

While we're thinking about the new media, Guruve are also on Twitter, regaling our thoughts on African art - so if you'd like to follow our tweets there's a button on the left for that as well.


Twins Seven Seven of Nigeria has passed away

One of Nigeria's most respected artists, Twins Seven Seven passed away in June 2011 at the age of 67. A tribal chief and musician, he was a great character with a limitless imagination. In 2005 he was made a UNESCO Artist Ambassador. He will be greatly missed by all those with an interest in contemporary African art.


Guruve Summer Exhibition 11 - 19 June 2011

Guruve's annual exhibition of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe in Summer 2011. Click here for more information! Some sculptures will remain on display over the summer.

photo from Guruve's 2011 exhibition of Shona sculpture

The venue for the exhibition is Hopleys Nursery in Much Hadham in Hertfordshire. Hopleys is a family-run nursery with a 5-acre planted garden. We will be transforming the wonderful gardens at Hopley's into a sculpture garden for our annual art exhibition. It also has a lovely tearoom with cakes and cream teas available.


Guruve display of Shona stone garden sculpture at Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Guruve win a prize at Chelsea Flower Show

We're delighted that we were awarded a Certificate of Merit for the outstanding presentation of our display of sculpture from Zimbabwe at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011. The RHS described our stand as 'beautiful' - high praise indeed!


detail from painting by Charles Nkomo of Zimbabwe

"Mother Africa | Modern Woman" Exhibition London 27 Mar - 2 Apr

We held an exhibition of contemporary African art in London from March 27th to April 2nd.

The venue was Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell Green between Islington and the City (nearest tube: Farringdon).

On the walls was a three-man show featuring:

  • Charles Nkomo from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe,
  • Njogu Touray from The Gambia and
  • Godfrey Banadda from Uganda,
  • with a thoughtful collection of works examining the changing role of women in modern African society.

    Plus a new selection of work by the greatest living Zimbabwean sculptors.

    A full listing can be found in the catalogue plus there are photos too!

    detail from painting by Charles Nkomo of Zimbabwe

    New 2011 Zimbabwean Shona sculpture collection

    Yet again, Guruve has gathered together the best sculpture by the best artists in Zimbabwe to create the world's finest collection of contemporary Zimbabwean art.

    There are perennial favourites such as Onias Mupumha,
    Antony Masamba, Peter Gwisa and Munyaradzi Jeche; also, an outstanding new artist this year is Tonderai Sowa.

    New this year - video footage of artists talking about sculpture and the Shona art movement - the highlight is this wonderful discussion with Sylvester Mubayi, the grandfather or sekuru of Zimbabwean sculpture. Enjoy!


    National recognition for Guruve's artists yet again!

    Rickson Zavare was one of three sculptors nominated for the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2011. Unfortunately, he was not chosen as winner - for the second year in a row! Nevertheless, it's a tremendous achievement and maybe it will be third time lucky!

    Previous nominees include Rickson Zavare (2010), Washington Matafi (2009), Peter Gwisa (2009) and Ishmael Chitiyo (2008), and the competition was won by Boet Nyariri in 2010 and Onias Mupumha in 2008.


    National recognition for Guruve's artists yet again!

    Nominees for the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2011 have just been announced and yet again one of the sculptors nominated for the 3D category, Rickson Zavare ("Murehwa"), is promoted by Guruve.

    Fingers crossed when the results are announced - we'll keep you posted!

    Previous nominees include Rickson Zavare (2010), Washington Matafi (2009), Peter Gwisa (2009) and Ishmael Chitiyo (2008), and the competition was won by Boet Nyariri in 2010 and Onias Mupumha in 2008.


    First-generation sculptor Fanizani Akuda has passed away

    Guruve are sad to have to announce the death of another friend, famous first-generation sculptor Fanizani Akuda. He died in late January 2011 after a long illness at the ripe old age of 78. He was a great character with a limitless imagination, dedicated to his sculpture and he will be greatly missed by all those at the heart of this art movement.


    London Exhibition announced for 27 March to 2 April 2011

    We will be holding an exhibition of contemporary African art in London at the end of March. The venue will be Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell Green between Islington and the City (nearest tube: Farringdon).

    On the walls there will be a two-man show featuring Charles Nkomo from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Njogu Touray from The Gambia, with a thoughtful collection of works examining the changing role of women in modern African society.

    There will be sculpture there too, giving any of our customers who couldn't get to deepest Hertfordshire for our summer exhibitions an opportunity to see a new selection of work by the greatest living Zimbabwean sculptors right in the centre of town.

    More news as the weeks go by and we hope you can join us!


    New 2011 selection of Zimbabwean Shona sculpture coming soon

    Yet again, Guruve has gathered together the best sculpture by the best artists in Zimbabwe to create the world's finest collection of contemporary Zimbabwean art. Now that our pieces have arrived safely in the UK, we can announce that the new works will appear on the web gallery in February.

    Along with perennial favourites such as Onias Mupumha, Antony Masamba and Munyaradzi Jeche, the outstanding artist this year is NAMA winner Boet Nyariri whose work is, frankly, breathtaking - don't miss it!

    If there's a particular artist whose work you want see, please contact us and we'll send images to you before the gallery launch.


    Guruve shares profits with Zimbabwean artists

    Ever since we founded Guruve in 2000, ethics have been at the core of what we do. This year we sent 2,000 to artists in Zimbabwe as their 10% share of our profits for 2009-2010. No other promoter of these artists does this - a gift of money with no strings attached!

    Here are two of the messages of thanks we received:

    "Thank you so much for the bonus you sent to us. Keep up displaying that kind heart, I really appreciate your vision and I greatly salute your passion towards artists."
    R.Z.(Murehwa)

    "Hi Emma & Tim
    WE ALL LOVE YOU (i.e all at Chitungwiza Arts Centre).
    On behalf of my father Matthew Zvondai, a BIG THANK YOU for the dollars you sent him. He will be surprised and full of gratitude.
    I hope all is well with you and Guruve Ltd.
    Thanks again, Taurai Tigere."


    Zimbabwean artist arrested for controversial exhibition

    News update 19 Sep 2010 - The Zimbabwean newspaper reports that Owen Maseko has applied to have his case referred to the Supreme Court, for it to determine whether the criminalization of his art was an infringement of his human right to self-expression and freedom of thought.

    Comment - Owen seems intent on forcing the hand of the Zimbabwean state to be explicit in a court of law as to whether an artist has the right to express their views through their art. It is becoming hugely important as a test case for artists under a repressive regime. He is being exceptionally brave and we offer him all our support.

    News update 1 Sep 2010 - The Zimbabwean newspaper reports that Owen Maseko has been charged with 'insulting or demeaning the authority of the President' and his work has been banned by special government order.

    Background - Bulawayan artist Owen Maseko was arrested by police in March 2010, after the opening of his exhibition of paintings exploring the Gukurahundi - the massacre of over 20,000 Ndebele in the early 1980s, shortly after Mugabe came to power.

    Guruve do not show any work by Owen, but we know him (lovely guy!) and are concerned for his wellbeing and impressed by his cojones!.


    Zimbabwean artist arrested for controversial exhibition

    Bulawayan artist Owen Maseko was arrested by police in March 2010, after the opening of his exhibition of paintings exploring the Gukurahundi - the massacre of over 20,000 Ndebele in the early 1980s, shortly after Mugabe came to power.

    Guruve do not show any work by Owen, but we know him (lovely guy!) and are concerned for his wellbeing and impressed by his cojones!.

    The Zimbabwean quoted an SW Radio Africa interview in which Owen cheerfully pointed out that:
    "I think it's a win, win situation for me. If it goes to trial it means they (the police) risk having the Gukurahundi issue openly discussed and at the same time if they dismiss the case it means they automatically have to allow me to re-open the exhibition and the public can actually see it."

    The National Gallery in Bulawayo has a history of being much more up-to-date (and controversial) than its Harare sister.

    Police also confiscated photos and arrested the Director of an exhibition of photos from the last three years of political violence, held at Gallery Delta in Harare and opened by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.


    Lend your voice to support African painted hunting dog conservation

    painted dogs at waterhole

    Efforts are being made to get the African painted hunting dog listed on CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species), in order to protect painted dogs against trade and to be able to control and monitor trade in this endangered species. Please follow this link to add your name to the petition asking them to be added to the list at the next CITES meeting. Thank you.

    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.


    Guruve raise over £16,500 for Mencap

    For a number of years we have displayed our sculptures on reclaimed wood plinths provided to us by the Mencap Riverwood project. We sell these plinths on behalf of Mencap (so 100% of the money goes to the charity). In 2010, we raised £1,735 for Greenwich Mencap. In previous years, we raised £3,320 (2009), £4,575 (2008), £3,180 (2007), £2,125 (2006) and £1,600 (2005).

    Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this fantastic total of £16,535 by choosing to display their sculptures on a unique piece of seasoned timber that has been reclaimed from the Thames and finished by hand by people with learning disabilities. If you would like one of these fabulous plinths, please contact Phil at Riverwood.


    Guruve Exhibition 2010 held on 12 - 20 June

    The venue for the exhibition is Hopleys Nursery in Much Hadham in Hertfordshire.

    Hopleys is a family-run nursery with a 5-acre planted garden. We will be transforming the wonderful gardens at Hopley's into a sculpture garden for our annual art exhibition. It also has a lovely tearoom with cakes and cream teas available.

    Much Hadham is one of the prettiest villages in Hertfordshire, and is a mile or so from Perry Green where Henry Moore lived and worked and where the Henry Moore Foundation is now based. Perhaps have a day out and visit both. (Please note you do need to make an appointment to visit the HMF.)


    Amazing private collection of genuine works by shona master sculptors now available

    Click here to see the sculptures

    Guruve are honoured to announce that we have been selected to offer a large selection of sculptures by master sculptors of the Shona sculpture movement. These sculptures are from a private collection and have full provenance from artist to present. Opportunities to buy works by first-generation Shona artists do not come up very often!

    Artists in the collection include:

    New Zimbabwean Shona sculpture collection now on the web gallery

    Yet again, Guruve has gathered together the best sculptures by the best artists in Zimbabwe to create the world's finest collection of contemporary Zimbabwean art - click here to start browsing!

    The outstanding artist for 2010 is Munyaradzi Jeche whose work is, frankly, breathtaking - don't miss it! Plus, there are spectacular pieces by Boet Nyariri, who has just won NAMA (see below) - his winning sculpture is part of the collection, and all your favourite artists. Enjoy...


    National recognition for Guruve's artists yet again!

    The winner of the 3D category of the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2010 has just been announced and it's Boet Nyariri. Well done Boet! Congratulations, we are so happy for you.

    Boet is the second winner in two years who is promoted by Guruve. Well done as well to Rickson Zavare ("Murehwa") who was one of two other nominees. The mixed media category was won by Dominic Benhura.

    Previous nominees include Washington Matafi, Peter Gwisa and Ishmael Chitiyo, and the competition was won by Onias Mupumha in 2008.


    National recognition for Guruve's artists yet again!

    Nominees for the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2010 have just been announced and two of the three sculptors in the 3D category are promoted by Guruve.

    Well done to Rickson Zavare ("Murehwa") and to Boet Nyariri and fingers crossed when the results are announced - we'll keep you posted!

    Previous nominees include Washington Matafi, Peter Gwisa and Ishmael Chitiyo, and the competition was won by Onias Mupumha in 2008.


    10% off all artwork in February - it's Guruve's tenth birthday!

    Astoundingly, 10 years have gone by since we began with our wonderful mission to bring the finest in African art to a wider audience in a truly ethical way. Time flies when you're busy!

    Help us celebrate! We are offering 10% off everything in our web gallery throughout the month of February. This offer is open to everyone, so please let friends/family/colleagues know, and there is no limit to the number of purchases/pieces per person. Offer ends 28.02.10.


    Guruve establish AIDS/HIV fund for African artists

    After the death of the hugely talented Kennedy Phiri in July 2009, it didn't feel right to have a party with the artists this year. Instead, we donated the money to the Chitungwiza Arts Centre for an HIV/AIDS fund to support artists to get tested and for the group as a whole to support those who test positive and their families.

    'I would like to thank you on behalf of everyone for everything you have done for us here. As the chairman, I say thank very much God bless you and your company. Everyone is very happy with the money you gave us for the H.I.V aids project. Wish you good luck in everything you do for us .Thank you.' From Gabriel Tigere, Chairman of Chitungwiza Arts Centre.


    2010 New selection of Zimbabwean Shona sculpture coming soon

    Expect the new works to appear on the web gallery in early March. Yet again, Guruve has gathered together the best works by the best artists in Zimbabwe to create the world's finest collection of contemporary Zimbabwean art.

    Along with perennial favourites such as Onias Mupumha and Antony Masamba, the outstanding artist this year is Munyaradzi Jeche whose work is, frankly, breathtaking - don't miss it! Hot on his heels are spectacular pieces by rising stars Boet Nyariri and Peter Gwisa.

    If there's a particular artist you want see, please contact us and we'll send images to you before the gallery launch.


    Make your money go a very long way...

    Just outside Harare is Raymondale Primary School, where a wonderful lady called Sarah Pingiza teaches. She has written us a special plea for assistance as the donor who helped the school has dropped out. Here is some of what she wrote:

    "I am applying for donations in cash or kind on behalf of many orphans and vulnerable children at my school...We want to use the money to build a classroom for pre-school kids and for buying food, uniforms and some toys...We have 47 children at my centre and their parents can't afford to pay the school fees...They come from poor families so [the] children eat one meal a day... [We] can't pay the salary for the teacher. I hope you will assist us. Yours sincerely, Sarah Pingiza."

    If you'd like to give directly to a trustworthy Zimbabwean and be sure that all of your money goes directly to those in need, please contact us for the full details.


    Guruve raise £14,800 for Mencap

    At our 2009 shows we have displayed our sculptures on solid wood plinths provided to us by the Mencap Riverwood project. We sell these plinths on behalf of Mencap (so 100% of the money goes to the charity). In 2009, we raised £3,320 for Greenwich Mencap. In previous years, we raised £4,575 (2008), £3,180 (2007), £2,125 (2006) and £1,600 (2005).

    Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this fantastic total of £14,800 by choosing to display their sculptures on a unique piece of seasoned timber that has been reclaimed from the Thames and finished by hand by people with learning disabilities. If you would like one of these fabulous plinths, please contact Phil at Riverwood.


    Announcing the sad death of Celia Winter-Irving

    In an even more solemn mood, Guruve have to announce the death of yet another friend, this time of Zimbabwean sculpture's greatest art critic, Celia Winter-Irving. She died in late July in Australia, her country of birth, after a very influential life reviewing the work of many of the greatest sculptors Zimbabwe has produced. She was a colourful and lively character, dedicated to Zimbabwean sculpture and she will be greatly missed by all those in the heart of this art movement. From us and Tago, goodbye, we'll miss you.


    Announcing the sad death of Kennedy Phiri

    In a solemn mood, Guruve are sad to have to announce another death of a great sculptor, Kennedy Phiri. He passed away unexpectedly in early July. Our thoughts are with his family and all his friends at Chitungwiza Arts Centre at this difficult time.


    Announcing the sad death of Colleen Madamombe

    Another award for Guruve's top young artists

    Winners of the 2008 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) were announced in February by Zimbabwe's National Arts Council. Two of our most popular young sculptors Peter Gwisa and Washington Matafi were two of the four finalists in the three-dimensional category in the visual arts, with Peter's Dancing Flames earning a Special Mention (presumably having come a very close second to the winner). Congratulations, Peter and Washington, and we wish you an equally successful 2009!


    Benefits of the weaker pound

    The fall of the pound against the US dollar and Euro make our fantastic sculptures even better value for overseas collectors. We're often asked about shipping costs, so here's an example:

    A sculpture with dimensions 90cm x 25cm x 40cm and weight of 40kg was sent to Augusta, GA. Air freight (including made-to-measure crate) to the customer's door was £630 (plus insurance and local taxes on arrival). That's roughly $900 or €700 (as at April 2009).

    And his opinion of the whole operation? "The sculpture arrived safe and sound. The crating was magnificent. It could have survived being dropped from a second story building. Everything was first class. The sculpture is beautiful."


    Guruve supports African painted hunting dog conservation

    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.

    painted dogs at waterhole

    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.


    Chitungwiza Arts Centre celebrates Onias Mupumha's success

    Onias Exhibition 2008

    In November 2008, Chitungwiza Arts Centre held an exhibition entitled "Springtime in Chitungwiza" to celebrate the success of many members in various competitions, in particular Onias Mupumha's triumph in NAMA; other guruve artists also included were Antony Masamba and Morgan Chijumani.

    Onias was Guruve's Artist in Residence 2008 at our exhibition in June and at Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show.


    Guruve Exhibition 2008 will be held 20 - 22 June

    Great news! Award-winning Zimbabwean sculptor Onias Mupumha is joining us in the UK to be the Artist in Residence at our exhibition in June and at Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Shows.

    If you'd like to meet him, especially if you are already the proud owner of one of his wonderful sculptures, please come along to one of these events or call us to arrange a private meeting.

    Following our hugely successful 2007 exhibition, we now have confirmed dates for our 2008 exhibition - 20 to 22 June - at Hopleys Nursery in Much Hadham in Hertfordshire.

    More information coming shortly...and invites will be in the post after Chelsea!

    In addition, we will be transforming the wonderful gardens at Hopley's into a sculpture garden for the weekend of 8 - 10 August, inviting other sculptors and artists to participate in what promises to be a fantastic event.


    Guruve's top artist Onias Mupumha wins first prize

    Winners of the 2007 NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) were announced in Feb 2008 by Zimbabwe's National Arts Council. Our most popular sculptor Onias Mupumha won the three-dimensional category in the visual arts. This is such a prestigious event, like winning the Turner Prize for a young British artist, and Onias is over the moon. Guruve has sent him a little bonus to congratulate him. We've known for many years how talented he is, but how nice to have national recognition from Zimbabwe's arts elite.

    The NAMA nominees also included Ishmael Chitiyo and, in the 2D category, Dumisani Ndlovu.


    Guruve with artists and carers from the Bumhudzo Home For The Elderly from Chitungwiza

    Guruve support Zimbabwean Home for the Elderly

    On our 2007 visit to Zimbabwe we bought both sculptures that had been donated by artists Tago Tazvitya and Rickson Zavare ('Murehwa') at their joint exhibition. The funds went to the Bumhudzo Home For The Elderly in Chitungwiza, run by the Salvation Army. The home provides around 100 elderly residents with food, shelter, pastoral care and basic medical attention.

    Guruve Ltd was the main sponsor for the "Creativity and Originality" exhibition and competition in September 2007, providing prizes of cash and tools for the three winners in each of the four different categories. We also donated over £300 in brand new tools to the sculptors at the Chitungwiza Arts Centre. This includes tungsten carbide tipped chisels and punches and over 500 claw bits.


    Guruve display of Shona sculpture at Chelsea Flower Show 2007

    Guruve win a prize at Chelsea Flower Show

    We're delighted that we were awarded a Certificate of Merit for the outstanding presentation of our display of sculpture from Zimbabwe at the Chelsea Flower Show 2007. Many thanks to everyone who came and saw us there and welcome to new customers - thanks for making it the best show we have ever done!


    Tim gives a gift to Stella Chiweshe

    A special gift to Zimbabwean mbira artist Stella Chiweshe

    Performing at WOMAD 2006 was Zimbabwe's mbira queen Stella Chiweshe. It was an extra-special occasion for her as it was her 60th birthday. Tim from Guruve gave her a birthday present in person - a sculpture of an old lady entitled 'Ambuya' (Grandmother) by world-famous artist Nesbert Mukomberanwa. She is known as "Ambuya Chinyakare" (Grandmother of Traditional Music).

    Stella was overwhelmed by the gift. It turned out that she had been good friends with Nesbert's uncle, the much-respected sculptor Nicholas Mukomberanwa, and he had promised to give her one of his sculptures but died unexpectedly before he could do so. Stella took the gift, with the very appropriate theme, as a gift from beyond the grave and could not have been more delighted. Happy 60th Stella!


    Donation sent to homeless Zimbabwean sculptors

    Guruve has just sent £225.14 to Zimbabwean sculptors affected by the Murambatsvina clearance programme, which had been donated by visitors at the shows we attended in July 2005. A number of the artists we promote have had their homes in Zimbabwe bulldozed, leaving them and their families searching for temporary shelter.

    If you'd like to make a donation to help them, please contact us on 07956 897978. The money goes directly to the artists. Many thanks to all of you who gave a donation, it is much appreciated.


    Guruve wins commendation at Hampton Court Flower Show

    We are delighted that at our first visit to Hampton Court Flower Show the RHS awarded us with a coveted Certificate Of Commendation for the high quality of presentation of our stand. Many thanks to everyone we met for making it a most enjoyable show.


    Our latest celebrity endorsement...

    "Guruve is a real find. I recently bought a fantastic sculpture by a famous Zimbabwean artist from them and it makes an eye-catching addition to my home. They really know their stuff and supplied me with tons of information, including details of the work they do locally to support the artists. For original works of African art at cracking prices, I couldn't recommend Guruve more highly."

    Antony Worrall Thompson MOGB


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