As part of an ongoing effort to continue strengthening ties between the twinned towns, members of the Stevenage-Kadoma link were joined by Leader of Stevenage Council Cllr Sharon Taylor, The Major of Stevenage Pam Stuart, the Mayor’s Consort Tony Turner, Cllr Margaret Notley and other members of the Stevenage Borough Council at Knebworth House, which is hosting the Matombo exhibition of Zimbabwean sculptures.
Dudzai Mushawepwere and Matthew Nakhawale, who are resident artists of the exhibition, gave the group a guided tour of artworks located around the 28 acres of Formal Gardens around Knebworth House. The exhibition is believed to be the largest display of stone sculpture in the South of England, featuring the works of more than 40 Zimbabwean artists.
Orlando Compton worked closely with Zimbabwean sculptors Dudzai Mushawepwere and Matthew Nakhawale to curate the collection directly from solo artists, small workshops and co-operatives located in many different parts of Zimbabwe. During the tour, the artists noted that some sculptures were created from stone sourced from Stevenage’s twin town of Kadoma.
“Art and culture is passed from generation to generation in Zimbabwe and it’s great to be able to support the artists at a troubled time for the country,” Orlando said.
The sculpture exhibition will remain on display at Knebworth House until the 3rd September, for both the enjoyment of visitors and for collectors to purchase. Entry is included with a Park & Gardens admissions ticket, as are the 28 acres of Formal Gardens, the 250 acre Park, the maze, the Adventure Playground with Fort Knebworth, and the trail of 72 life-sized pre-historic creatures.
Park & Gardens admissions ticket cost £9.50 for ages 3 and above, or £34.00 for a family ticket/group of 4. Tickets at full price will be available at the gate on the day. Park & Gardens entry is free for Season Ticket holders and children under 3. House tickets can be purchased at a supplement of £3.50 for adults, £3.00 for senior citizens / children.
For more information visit the Knebworth House website at www.knebworthhouse.com, or phone the estate office on 01438 812661.