Special Exhibition & Live Sculpting Demonstrations

April 27 - May 15, 2019

At Ukama Gallery & The Ocean Art Pavilion on Granville Island

Special event in Vancouver, Gallery Exhibition, Live sculpting

April 27-May 15, 2019 Ukama Gallery hosts a new edition of “Cultural Connections”, a special exhibition that includes live sculpting demonstrations by a Zimbabwean master carver, offering a rare intimate window into the art, history and traditions of the contemporary Zimbabwean Sculpture Movement.

Works from the renowned Tandi family and other master carvers will be on display, offering exceptional examples of modern realism in the Zimbabwean fine art tradition. The realist motif is expressed in nuanced busts and animated natural figures of extraordinary detail and sensitivity. These carvings bring exotic variegated hard stones such as butterjade and verdite to life, in sculptures that are emblematic of the exceptional artistic achievements of the world-renowned artistic community in Zimbabwe.


  • WATCH our Zimbabwean artist-in-residence demonstrating his sculpting skills, making raw stone come to life.

  • LEARN and APPLY traditional techniques for carving and polishing the stone.

  • EXPERIENCE Zimbabwe through the stories of the Zimbabwean artists and Canadian curators.

  • ENJOY fantastic works of art by hundreds of international sculptors and local painters.

  • It's FREE, kid-friendly, wheelchair accessible.

  • FREE 3 HOUR PARKING is available After the exhibition.

  • EXPLORE Granville Island, one of Canada’s most celebrated cultural hubs featuring myriad artisan shops and independent art galleries.

For more information, contact Daria or Janine at gallery@ukama.ca or 778 379 0666

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Artist in attendance: January 26, 3-5pm

When: January 19-31

Where: Ukama Gallery

The drama and originality of the new collected work by Paul Ygartua in this exhibition is achieved through the nuanced interplay of shape, colour and texture. The illusion of depth is striking and consistent, brought to life on a backdrop formed by two completely different media: traditional canvas and transparent plexiglass, the medium developed by the artist in 1980. The effect is to reveal impulsive, passionate and energetic aspects of our universe - the deepest, ineffable mysteries of life captured with simplicity and eloquence. The emotional impact is deliberately direct and powerful. Visit the exhibition or come to meet this prolific artist on Saturday, January 26, 3-5pm at Ukama Gallery on Granville Island.

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Thursday - Friday, November 22-23, 11-5pm


The artist will be demonstrating her artistic talent in the gallery and presenting her new collection "Traces of Memories". Profoundly inspired by the natural elements that surround the artist, Ponsford’s new works are a unique West Coast allusion to mid-century mastery.

Watch in awe, chat for insight, and certainly, enjoy!

Artist statement: “The richness and sanctity of a wild landscape, the value of intact places have always sustained and nurtured me physically and spiritually. I engage a creative process that is at times fluid and intuitive, at times measured and intentional. I move from painting a depiction of place to conveying an inward journey of connections: between people and place, and between past and present, making invisible visible. Impressions "from the heart", ultimately is rooted in my experience, work process, kindled by reality and sprung from the senses.”

- April Ponsford

To see amazing works of art by April as well as hundreds of other talented Canadian artists and Zimbabwean sculptors, visit the Ukama Gallery at 1802 Maritime Mews on Granville Island.

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