Garden sculpture exhibition unveiled at Knebworth House

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 26 June 2018

Knebworth House Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition. Picture: Robert James Ryder

Knebworth House Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition. Picture: Robert James Ryder

Robert James Ryder

Stunning sculptures from Africa have gone on display at a Hertfordshire stately home.

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

Following a successful debut last year, the Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition has returned to Knebworth House this summer.

The exhibits will be on display in the 28-acres of formal gardens at Knebworth House until September 2 – for both the enjoyment of visitors and for collectors to purchase.

‘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 work of renowned and emerging artists from all over Zimbabwe, the sculptures were purchased directly from solo artists, community workshops and co-operatives.

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The pieces are available to buy until the end of the exhibition in September.

Orlando Compton, whose family owns Newby Hall in Yorkshire, has curated the fascinating collection, together with travelling Zimbabwean sculptors Dudzai Mushawepwere, Matthew Nakhawale and Chenjerai Chiripanyanga, who are artists in residence over the summer.

Orlando Compton said: “We travelled extensively around Zimbabwe to seek out really unusual pieces in different styles to highlight the rich artistic culture of Zimbabwe – so there really is something for everyone.

“And we’re delighted to be showcasing the collection to a wider audience with another of the UK’s privately owned stately homes, Knebworth.”

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

There was an evening preview of the exhibition at Knebworth House earlier this month.

Lytton Enterprises managing director Martha Lytton Cobbold said: “We are delighted to welcome Orlando Compton and his Matombo exhibition back to our gardens for a second year, and know visitors will enjoy discovering the new sculptures and meeting the talented Zimbabwean artists.

“The pieces are extraordinary and beautifully placed within the formal gardens, on the lawns, and in the ponds and orchards.

“They look wonderful in the historic landscape and yet they would look equally wonderful within a modern garden, too!”

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The outdoor sculpture exhibition will run during the regular visitor opening hours at Knebworth, and entry is included with Park & Gardens admission.

Tickets are available online or can be bought at the gate on the day, costing £9.50 per person over the age of three.

A group of four can purchase a family ticket for £34.

Entry is free for season ticket holders and children under three.

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

House tickets can be purchased at a supplement of £3.50 for adults, £3 for senior citizens and children.

• To buy tickets, visit the Knebworth House website at www.knebworthhouse.com

Visit the Matombo website www.matombo.com for more information.

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

Henry and Martha Lytton Cobbold at the preview launch of the Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanHenry and Martha Lytton Cobbold at the preview launch of the Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

The Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon StruckmanThe Matombo Garden Sculpture Exhibition at Knebworth House. Picture: Sharon Struckman

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