An exciting sculpture exhibition will be on display through Knebworth House’s 28 acres of Formal Gardens from 1st July until 31st August. It is in collaboration with Matombo, a group of travelling sculptors that source artworks directly from solo artists, small workshops and co-operatives from many different parts of Zimbabwe.
“Matombo” means “stone” in the Shona language, a fitting name given that the exhibition is believed to be the largest display of stone sculpture in the South of England, featuring the works of more than 40 artists.
The collection has been curated by Orlando Compton, working closely with Zimbabwean sculptors Dudzai Mushawepwere and Matthew Nakhawale, who will be resident artists at the exhibition and will be happy to speak to visitors about the works.
“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 exhibition has been hosted at Orlando’s family home of Newby Hall in North Yorkshire for the past 12 years, bringing different artists and styles to the show each year. The exhibition is now expanding to the South of England as it will be showcasing at Knebworth House.
“We’re delighted now to be showcasing the collection to a wider audience, as well as forging a new relationship with another of the UK’s privately owned stately homes, Knebworth.” Orlando said.
The exhibition is a great showcase of emerging and renowned artists, for both the enjoyment of visitors and for collectors to purchase. Furthermore, there are fantastic opportunities for groups and school visits to get involved.
“We are delighted to welcome Orlando and his Matombo exhibition to our gardens, and know visitors will enjoy discovering the sculptures and meeting the talented artists. The pieces are extraordinary and beautifully placed within the herbaceous borders, lawns, ponds, and orchards. It’s a treat to see them in the historic landscape and yet they would look wonderful within a modern garden too!” Martha Lytton Cobbold said.
Entry to the Garden Sculpture Exhibition is included with a 2017 Season Ticket or with a Park & Gardens admission ticket. It’s a fantastic value day out – for just £9.50 per person (under 3’s go free), families can enjoy a day at the Gardens, Park, Adventure Playground and fantastic trail of 72 life-sized dinosaurs.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.knebworthhouse.com, call the Estate Offices on 01438 810931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.