Zimbabwean sculptors at work in Yorkshire

Sculptors Matthew Makwara and Dudzai Mushawepwere make their living creating works of art from Zimbabwean stone, and are taking part in the sculpture displays in the gardens of Newby Hall, near Ripon.

And throughout the summer, they will be creating new works of art as visitors watch on, in a garden surrounded by some of their other sculptures, and those of fellow African sculptors.

The raw stones they use are imported from Zimbabwe especially for the purpose, including springstone and opal.

All their sculptures are completed by hand using traditional methods and tools, starting with chisels and files, and then finished off with several different grades of abrasive cloth until each stone is polished.

The sculptors work with York-based Matombo Ltd, a company dedicated to bringing Zimbabwean art to the British audience.

They are at Newby Hall every day until the end of September, except Mondays in September.

Admission is included with a garden ticket to Newby Hall, which is £8 for adults, £7 concessions and £6.50 children.