RHS HAMPTON COURT STARTS NOW!

We have some lovely new work on show and look forward to seeing you at the show. We are on Ditton Avenue - stand number 624. Call Bernard on: 07941 753 816 if you have any trouble finding us. 

 

 IT'S CHELSEA TIME!

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off on Tuesday 23rd May. We are delighted to be showing some incredible new work from Zimbabwe.

We are in a new location on Eastern Avenue, stand number EA425.

Please call if you need any further information (07941 753 816).

 

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show 

 

 SPRING IS HERE!

 

 

 A boot full of plants can only mean one thing: it's show-time!

Here's a list of our forthcoming summer shows. I'll post more information closer to the time but please do get in touch for more details!

celine@marasculpture.com

7-9 April: RHS Cardiff
13/14 & 20/21st May: Dulwich Artists' Open House (NEW VENUE!)
23-27 May: RHS Chelsea Flower Show
7-11 June: RHS Chatsworth (NEW SHOW!)
4 - 9 July: RHS Hampton Court
19-23rd July: RHS Tatton Park

 We're off to RHS Cardiff this weekend (7-9 April).

  https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-cardiff

 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

Here is a list of our forthcoming shows. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please call Bernard if you have any queries.

 

  •    24th November to 7th December: Jeanie Avent Gallery

           14 North Cross Rd, SE22 9EU

            Open daily 10am to 6.30pm (CLOSED MONDAYS)

              Sundays till 5pm

             http://www.jeannieavent.com/

 

  • Sunday 27th November: Dulwich College Christmas Fair     

         11:30am - 4pm

          http://www.friendsofdulwichcollege.co.uk/ 

 

  •  Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December: Dulwich Picture Gallery

          Artisan Christmas Market

          10am to 10pm (closed between 5 & 6pm)

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/special-events/2016/december/artisan-christmas-market/ 

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2016

 

Bernie is just back from Zimbabwe where he spent three months working with the artists and finding new work. We have a container load of beautiful sculpture at sea, heading for the UK and due to arrive in time for our forthcoming shows. Here is a calendar of events (we have comps for some events - please email celine@marasculpture.com if you need tickets):

 







 

   

 

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  

Our award winning stand at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff

 

  • 9th & 10th/16th & 17th May 2015 - DULWICH ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE
Come and join us in the garden for some sensational sculpture and a scrumptious Pimms. Open from 11am to 6pm. Garden entrance - 19 De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AB

         http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house/mara-sculpture/ 

       

  • 19th - 23rd May 2015 - RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 

         We are in the same great location as last year, SW4 on Sweetingham Way.

          https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show 

         

  •  4th - 6th June 2015 - Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

          At Hole Park, Rolvenden

         http://wealdentimes.co.uk/events/midsummer/2015/ 

 

  • 19th - 21st June 2015 - GROW London

          A very exciting new contemporary garden show on Hampstead Heath.

         http://growlondon.com/london/

 

  • 27th June 2015 - Wimbledon Guild Village Fair - on Wimbledon Common

          http://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/WimbledonVillageFair/indexWVF.html

 

  • 30th June - 5th July 2015 - RHS Royal Hampton Court Flower Show  

          https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-flower-show

 

  • 22nd - 26th July 2015 - RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

          https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park 

 

  •  18th - 30th August 2015 - Salle du Couvent, Seillans, Provence, France

We are delighted to be returning to Seillans, courtesy of the Seillans Tourism Office for a two week show at the end of August. We will be open every day at lunch time and in the evening till 10pm. We are also holding two talks (on both Friday nights) on the history of Zimbabwe's sculpture. If you are in the South of France come and have a glass of rose with us!

 http://www.paysdefayence.com/en/agenda/?idPrestation=2258&nomPresta=EXPOSITION+MARA+SCULPTURE&ville=SEILLANS 

 

 2015 GETS UNDERWAY WITH A BANG!

Bernie spent three months in Zimbabwe at the beginning of the year, working with the artists and scouting for new talent. On his trip he got to spend time with his great uncle and first generation sculptor Sylvester Mubayi; managed to source a monumental piece of Springstone and visited the Tengenenge Sculpture Community during some of the heaviest rain Zimbabwe has seen. Here are a few photos of his adventures:

 

 

Visiting Great Uncle Sylvester Mubayi

 

 

Searching for a big piece of Springstone

 


 

Getting the rock onto the truck with rope and a tree trunk

 

 

 

 

A truck full of fruit serpentine for the artists

 

 

 Heavy rain at Tengenenge

 

 

 The result of the rains! Bridge on the Tengenenge Road washed away.

 

 

The sculptures are packed and ready for shipping

 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

 

Our latest shipment has arrived from Zimbabwe. Just in time, as our run of Christmas shows is about to begin.

Here's where we'll be.  Get in touch if you would like tickets for the Spirit of Christmas show at Olympia!


- 4th to 9th November 2014 - Spirit of Christmas - Olympia
http://www.spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk/

- 20th to 22nd November 2014 - Wealdon Times Midwinter Fair - Bedgebury Walled Garden
http://wealdentimes.co.uk/events/midwinter/2014/index.php

- 26th Nov to 9th Dec 2014 - Jeanie Avent Gallery - East Dulwich
http://www.jeannieavent.com/

- 12th to 14th December - Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair - Chelsea Town Hall
http://chelseachristmasgiftfair.com/

 

 THE WORLD'S GREATEST FLOWER SHOW

 

 

  

We had a wonderful time at Chelsea. We met lovely people, the atmosphere was joyous and the weather was mostly pleasant. Our stand overlooked the gorgeous formal yet fluffy Daily Telegraph Show Garden, a glorious distraction to our busy days. The response to our exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture was extremely positive and we are already planning our display for next year!

 

 

 

 

 

If you saw a piece you liked at the show and it's not on our website, you may slap my knuckles for not keeping on top of the gallery and give Bernard a ring on 07941 753 81607941 753 816.

 

 

 

              


Thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you  at Chelsea 2015, if not before!

   

 

 

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2014

 

We are delighted to announce we are exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea  Flower Show from the 20th to the 24th of May 2014. We have a lovely stand (SW4) overlooking the Daily Telegraph Show Garden. We are very excited to be part of the world's most famous flower show and are preparing a striking display of recent work from some of Zimbabwe's top artists. We hope you can come and see us!

 

CAMBERWELL QUARTERLY

 

We are very pleased to have a two-page spread in the current issue of the Camberwell Quarterly, beautifully written by Cathy Brooks Baker.

 

For all readers who are interested in seeing the work, we are exhibiting in Camberwell in May as part of the Dulwich Artists' Open House. We are open both weekends (10th & 11th and 17th & 18th May). 

 

Come and enjoy a glass of Pimms and some wonderful sculpture!

 http://www.dulwichfestival.co.uk/artist/mara-sculpture 

 

THE YEAR BEGINS!

 

We have spent the last three months in Zimbabwe working with our artists to put together a collection of work for 2014. Some have produced bold and exciting creations, either in terms of scale or in terms of subject and we can't wait to show their wonderful pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS - FIRST HALF OF 2014

 

  • RHS Flower Show Cardiff - 11th to 13th April
          http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Flower-Show-Cardiff/2014
  • Harrogate Spring Flower Show - 24th to 27th April

          http://www.flowershow.org.uk/

  • Dulwich Artists Open House (South London) - 10th & 11th + 17th & 18th May

          https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsOpenHouseDulwichFestival

  • Spirit of Summer Fair - 14th to 17th May
          http://www.spiritofsummerfair.co.uk/ 
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 20th to 24th May 2014
         http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show
  • Wealdon Times Mid Summer Fair (Hole Park, Rolvenden) - 5th to 7th June

          http://wealdentimes.co.uk/events/midsummer/2014/index.asp   

  • Wimbledon Village Fair (London) - 21st June 

          http://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/WimbledonVillageFair/indexWVF.html 

  • RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - 8th - 13th July

 http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Hampton-Court-Palace-Flower-Show/2014

  • CLA Game Fair (Blenheim Palace) - 18th - 20th July

           http://www.gamefair.co.uk/

  •  RHS Flower Show Tatton Park - 23rd to 27th July

            http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Show-Tatton-Park/2014

 

2013 CALENDER & NEWS

We are just back from a wonderful trip to Zimbabwe and are very excited about the new work we have acquired. The artists are buoyant and looking forward to a great year ahead.

                                      

                                  Skipping - Davis Sibanda - Springstone & Ebony

We kicked off the season at the Royal Horticultural Society's Cardiff show, set in gorgeous Bute park right in the heart of the city. The sun came out for us and the stand looked amazing.

                           

 

 FORTHCOMING SHOWS

 MAY

  • 11th and 12th/18th & 19th May - Dulwich Artists Open House (please email us if you would like to attend - celine@marasculpture.com)
  • 9th-12th May - RHS Malvern Spring Show
  • 15th - 18th May - Spirit of Summer at Olympia

JUNE

  • From mid-June to mid-Sept, we will be exhibiting in Seillans in Provence. If you are holidaying in the South of France, come and visit this delightful village and eat at "La Gloire de Mon Pere" in whose gallery we will be showing a collection of new work.
http://www.lagloiredemonpere.fr/accueil/

JULY

  •  9th - 14th - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
  • 19th - 21st - CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
  • 25th - 28th - RHS Tatton Park

 

 CALENDER OF EVENTS 2012

We are very pleased to announce that our latest shipment of work arrives from Zimbabwe this week (15th April) in good time for the exhibitions we have lined up in the coming months.

Please email bernard@marasculpture.com if you would like compli

mentary tickets to any of the following events. 

- Malvern Spring Show (10th - 13th May)

- Dulwich Artists Open House (12 - 13th and 18th - 20th May)

- Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia (16 - 19th May) 

- Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3 - 8th July)

- CLA Game Fair, Grantham (20 - 22nd July)   

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS AT BLUEWATER

 We are exhibiting at the Spirit of Christmas show, Bluewater from the 30th of November to the 4th of December. We are showing lots of exciting new work - the perfect idea for a unique gift this Christmas.

 http://www.spiritofchristmasatbluewater.co.uk/

Please email celine@marasculpture.com for complimentary tickets.

 IDEAL HOME SHOW - CHRISTMAS

We are delighted to announce that from the 16th to the 20th of November 2011, we are exhibiting at the Ideal Home Show Christmas, at Earls Court .

http://www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk/

Come along and see us - we have many gorgeous new pieces on show for the first time!

                  

          

We recently exhibited at the Spirit of Christmas show at Olympia. Our collection was enthusiastically received both by those who were familiar with the work as well as by those who were new to the unique beauty of Zimbabwe's sculpture.

 WEBSITE UPDATE

We're sorry the gallery hasn't been updated for so long and that many of the pieces are sold. We will have a whole new gallery featuring our current collection of sculpture by early December. You can order over the phone and we can guarantee delivery for Christmas.

RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW JULY 2011

We are thrilled to announce we are exhibiting at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 10th of July. We have some extraordinary new work to show, much of it for the garden, including some fabulous birdbaths and centre pieces. We also have plenty of indoor sculptures and smaller work, ideal for gifts. 

We're in a great location, just next to Cube Lighting's beautiful feature garden (opposite the WWF show garden), not far from the Swinging Sixties Floral Studio and Fashion tent.

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/Hampton-Court-Palace-Flower-Show/2011

Drop us a line if you are coming to the show. We look forward to seeing you there.

bernard@marasculpture.com

OUR EXHIBITION IN PROVENCE

Mara Sculpture collaborated with the Seillans Tourist Office to present an exhibition of recent sculpture from Zimbabwe. The exhibition ran from the 1st to the 11th of September and consisted of both abstract and figurative works by established and up-and-coming young artists. 

It took an epic eighteen hour drive to get the sculptures to Provence and then one gruelling day's slog to set-up the exhibition. The centrepiece was a 250Kg "Owl" by Taurai Mupaso that took five men to lift. 

 

 


We were delighted by how well the exhibition was received. We had hundreds of visitors, many of whom were new to Zimbabwean sculpture. People were impressed with the beauty and quality of the work and across the board, expressed their enthusiasm for it. 



 A local geologist, Pierre Ratcliffe, inspired by the stone as well as by the art, wrote a delightful and comprehensive blog about Zimbabwean sculpture:

 http://paysdefayence.free.fr/seillans/zimbabwe/index.htm

HORIZON GALLERY

Mara Sculpture is collaborating with Horizon Gallery in a major exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture. Horizon is one of Henley's foremost art galleries and is currently showing thirty new pieces from our recent collection. If you are visiting Henley or know people in the area, tell them to drop in and have a look at the exhibition. 

Horizon Gallery

The bridge at Henley-on-Thames by photographer Chris Hotton

 

NEW WORK & AUTUMN EXHIBITIONS

We are delighted to announce that our shipment of new work from Zimbabwe has arrived and we have a series of exhibitions planned for the Autumn. We begin in the gorgeous provincial town of Seillans in the South of France, from the 1st to the 12th of September. Later in the year, we'll be in Fulham and Notting Hill; details to follow soon. 

We are very proud  to have a collection of new work by Luke Saidi. 31 year old Saidi has been sculpting at the world-renowned Chapungu Sculpture Park for the past 17 years. He was apprenticed to his uncle, the legendary Sabiti Saidi.  Saidi's work has a distinct and troubling feel. He is fascinated by the human condition and the constant struggles fought on the emotional battlegrounds of life.  

"Living Together" - Luke Saidi - Springstone

EXHIBITION - DECEMBER 2009

Mara held its first exhibition at the Jeannie Avent Gallery, East Dulwich. It was a great success and we want to thank everyone who came along and supported us. It's wonderful to know that there is such interest and enthusiasm for Zimbabwean sculpture. Bernie will be going to Zimbabwe early next year to replenish the gallery. Do let us know if there is anything you want us to keep an eye out for.

 

     

           

SCULPTURES FINALLY ARRIVE - AUGUST 2009

                  

In spring, Bernie spent six weeks in Zimbabwe meeting the artists and buying new stock. After a long battle with Zimbabwean customs, permission to export was granted and the sculptures were packed up and sent by train to Durban. They sat around the docks for a while until they boarded a boat and finally arrived in the UK.... much to Bernie's delight.

        

 

 

Once in the UK,the sculptures were checked for damage, polished and prepped for a photo shoot.