Back for its second year, with an entirely new collection just for the Toronto Botanical Garden, the ZimSculpt team will be back with a show-stopping, jaw-dropping display of over 500 stone sculptures made by hand and brought from the depths of the Zimbabwean (3 billion year old) mountains. Admission is free and all sculptures are available for purchase. The exhibition runs from June 29 through September 8, 2019.
Over 100 large sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens and along with the very popular Marketplace where there will be hundreds of handheld pieces available for purchase. The setting of Toronto’s most beautiful garden for this great art highlights the beauty of both.
All pieces are available for sale and delivery and installation of larger pieces will be for free locally.
Zimbabwean sculptors Brighton Layson and Passmore Mupindiko will be back again, directly from Zimbabwe – demonstrating daily and answering questions about the stone, technique and their inspirational stories.
“We’re so excited to come back to Toronto and visit all the wonderful people we met last year.” says Vivienne and Joseph Croisette, “We’re also hoping to connect with many new visitors who missed our show last year. We have so much to showcase, with new artists and sculptures, we will be offering free guided tours every weekend.”
Throughout the exhibition, two artists-in-residence, Brighton Layson and Passmore Mupindiko will be live-sculpting, demonstrating their carving techniques and intricate handiwork. You can watch them work under the Marketplace tent in the Perennial Border.
An outdoor Marketplace features smaller one-of-a-kind sculptures for purchase as well as traditional basketry and jewellery by Zimbabwean artists.
FREE WEEKEND ZIMSCULPT TOURS
Meet the curators, get a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition and learn more about Shona sculptures.
TALK, TOURS AND WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 11, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Talk | Sculpture in the Garden
Learn how to select and place sculpture in the garden. Curator Vivienne Croisette will walk you through tips and trade secrets for bringing art into your natural outdoor environment. Meet at the Marketplace for this outdoor walk and talk.
Limited space available, must register for this event.
Public $30; Members $25
Sunday, July 21, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Soap Carving Workshop for Kids - Ages 8 to 12
This 2 hour children’s workshop introduces carving in its simplest form using soap and wooden tools. Participants will learn how to carve a basic sculpture to take home. Age: 8 to 12
Public and Members $45
Limited space available, must register for the workshop
Saturday, August 10, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stone Carving Workshop for Adults
During this two-day demonstration, artist-in-residence, Passmore Mupindiko will show participants using various hand tools, traditional carving techniques to create their own sculpture as well as how to finish and polish stone.
Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 10 & 11, 10 to 11 a.m.
Public $75; Members $65
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2018 ZIMSCULPT GALLERY
Photo credit: Arthur Mola Photography