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International Day for Monuments and Sites: Free Entry to All Museum by Kenyan Citizens, Apr. 18 2014

April 18, 2014 which coincides with Good Friday is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a UNESCO World Heritage Day marked annually around the world. This day, held each year around the world is usually marked by having different types of activities, including but not limited to visits to monuments and heritage attractions sites.

The aim of this day is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

The National Museum of Kenya will be marking this day by offering FREE admission to ALL museums for Kenyan Citizens.

Find more information on their Facebook Event page

April 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Journey of the Mask by Lionel Garang, Apr. 17-27 2014 @ Kuona Trust

The Journey of the Mask
Kuona Trust is pleased to announce Lionel Garang’s first solo exhibition, The Journey of the Mask. The exhibition is a reflection of the artist’s multifaceted and complex view surrounding the culture of Masks.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday April 14, 2014 at 6pm
Venue: Kuona Trust

Exhibition Runs Until: April 27, 2014

About the exhibition
The mask as an artifact has been an important part of societies all around the world serving different purposes, which range from rituals, war armor and aesthetic purpose.

Although masks have evolved through time,they still retained the power to enchant viewers of all ages and backgrounds. They elevate and inspire one’s imagination and seem to take on a life of their own.

In an intimate installation that explores the Journey of The Mask, the artist is interested in moving the audience from the common dark stereotypes that masks are associated with, particularly in Africa, and presenting it as a decorative contemporary piece of artwork.

About the Artist
Lionel Garang was born in Kenya and started out his career as a painter.He was later introduced to sculpture which he fully embraced developing sculptures from fiber mart, resin, wood and metal. He has participated in several group exhibitions and had his work published in the Kenya Art Diary and the Nairobi ‘Up’ lifestyle magazine.

Garang currently has his studio at Kuona Trust Art Centre where he practices as a full time artist.

April 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Mentor & the mentored by Amimo Kala & Tobiko Simon, Apr. 12-30 2014 @ National Museum

Mentor & the mentored by Amimo Kala & Tobiko Simon

Mentor & the mentored by Amimo Kala & Tobiko Simon

Starting this weekend at the Nairobi National Museum, a three week exhibition by art tutor Amimo Kala and art student Tobiko Simon.

Both are inspired by nature, the social space around them and early memories. Amimo exhibits sculptures mainly in Kisii stone that are influenced by his structured life as a teacher while Tobiko, influenced by the 19th century landscape artist John Constable, explores the vast Kaputei plains where he roamed in his early childhood as a herds boy.

Dates: April 12-30, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

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Exhibition of Portraits of Kenyan Artists by Dale Webster, Apr. 13-22 2014 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

Exhibition of portraits of Kenyan artists by Dale Webster

Opening: Sunday, April 13 2014
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Runs Until: April 22, 2014

April 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm 1 comment

Official Launch: Identity Through Street Art by graffiti artist Uhuru Brown, Apr. 3 2014 @ Kenya Cultural Centre

Identity through street art
Kuona Trust has the pleasure of inviting you to the official launch of ‘Identity Through Street Art’ a public art project facilitated by graffiti artist Uhuru Brown.

Date: April 3, 2014
Venue: Kenya Cultural Centre
Time: 5 pm- 6:30 pm
Free entry

This is a Community Outreach Programme for the youth which is supported by Kuona Trust in collaboration with the Kenya Cultural Centre.

April 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Arabian Calligraphy by Adil Roufi, Mar. 31-Apr. 5 2014 @ the Shifteye Gallery

Adil Roufi shows the hidden beauty behind the Arabic writing from Maghreb, knowing that it’s very different in other Arabic cultures and civilizations.
Arabic Calligraphy is written with Bamboo, and the colors used are Saffron spice, coffee, coconut and roses, as he tries to stay as close to nature as possible.

March 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: What’s New Under the Sun, Mar. 30-Apr. 30 2014 @ National Museum

what is new under the sun
Exhibition Opening: March 30, 2014 at 2 pm
Venue: Temporary Exhibition Hall , Nairobi National Museum

Runs Until: April 30, 2014

What’s new under the sun exhibition is a result of cooperation between two groups of pupils from the middle school in Tomice, Poland and eight schools in the Mathare in Nairobi.

35 pupils participated in a series of educational workshops during which they had a chance to know each other, to work in tandem on the same topic and to answer some questions: Who am I? What do we need to have to go on a journey together? How do we express our emotions?

The works which came out of these workshops impressed many; the Kenyan and Polish schoolchildren, their classmates, parents, teachers, friends, project coordinators, museum employees and spectators who came to watch out of pure interest.

The Polish- Kenyan exhibition has varying settings. It is presented in four usual-unusual places: a disused building in the Mathare turned into an art gallery, the Nairobi National Museum, the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, as well as Polish Nobel Laureate Secondary School in Tomice. We look at the works – what do we see? Teenagers’ energy, dreams, emotions, differences and similarities.

“I am afraid of things which have been discovered once and for all. I like the things which stay visible only for a few days”, said the Congolese writer Sony Labou Tansi.

We hope that by visiting this exhibition you too will experience a journey of discovery…

The exhibition will be accompanied by two art workshops for students in cooperation with the National Museum in Nairobi.

Project founders: Razem Pamoja Fundation, The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museums in Krakow

Partners: Education Effect Africa, Commune of Tomice, Community Centre in Tomice

Exhibitions organisers: Razem Pamoja Foundations, The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museums in Krakow, Nairobi National Museums

March 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Sex and the City by Michael Soi, John Kamicha & Thom Ogonga, Apr. 3-27 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Sex and the City
An exhibition of New work revolving around the Nairobi night life by Michael Soi, John Kamicha & Thom Ogonga

Opening: April 3 2014 at 6 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise

Runs until: April 27, 2014

March 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi County Visual Art Exhibition: Manjano, Apr. 3-24 2014 @ the Village Market

Opening: April 3, 2014
Venue: the Village Market
Time: 6.30 pm

Exhibition Runs Until: April 21, 2014

March 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Beauty & Ugliness by Beatrice Wanjiku, Mar. 30 – Apr. 27 2014 @ One Off Gallery

Exhibition of paintings by Beatrice Wanjiku

Opening: March 30, 2014
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree

Exhibition Dates: Until April 27, 2014

March 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

BOGOF: Arise from Us, Mar. 29 2014 @ Hilton

Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: Hilton Hotel
Time: from 3 pm
Tickets: Kshs 1000

March 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Lords of Art by Tabitha wa Thuku, Mar. 24-29 2014 @ the Shifteye Gallery – Priory Place

Lords of Art
Artists are the Lords of Art!

Join Tabitha wa Thuku as she showcases a collection of her art

Opening: Monday, March 24 2014 at 5 pm
Venue: the Shifteye Gallery (Priory Place, Argwings Kodhek Rd. Hurlingham)
Location details: Map

The exhibition runs until 29th March,2014

March 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm 3 comments

Art Exhibition: African Soul by GERALDINE ROBARTS, Mar. 29 – Apr. 18 2014 @ Ecology Gallery – National Museum

National Museum
Art Exhibition of paintings by GERALDINE ROBARTS

Opening: March 29, 2014
Venue: Ecology Gallery, National Museum
Time: 2-5 pm

Guest of honour: British High Commissioner – Dr.Christian Turner

Exhibition runs Until April 18, 2014

March 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm 1 comment

Photo Exhibition: President Hugo Chavez – Promoter of the Multi-polar World, Until Mar. 12 2014 @ the Kenya Cultural Centre

President Hugo Chávez Frías: Promoter of the Multipolar World

President Hugo Chávez Frías: Promoter of the Multipolar World

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of Kenya presents a photographic exhibition “President Hugo Chávez Frías: Promoter of the Multipolar World”.

The event will be co-hosted between the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Kenya Cultural Centre. The exhibition is Curated by The Little Art Gallery.

The photographic exhibition will open to the public and run from Wednesday 06th March 2014 to Wednesday 12th March 2014.

March 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Art Workshop, Mar. 15 2014 @ Puniii’s Coffees & Crafts – Taarifa Suites on 17 Ojijo Road

Puniii's Coffees and Crafts
There is an art workshop coming up this weekend on the 15th of March at Taarifa Suites on 17 Ojijo road held in Puniii’s Coffees and Crafts.

March 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibition: A Fresh Perspective by Longinos Onyango Nagila, Mar. 17-22 2014 @ the Shifteye Gallery

Iroko at Shift Eye
Iroko Arts Consultants invites you to their first exhibition of the year by an unknown but vastly talented artist LONGINOS ONYANGO NAGILA at the Shifteye Gallery from 17th to 22nd March 2014. Take a peek at Longinos’ controversial and subversive paintings here.

Longinos was born in Kenya in September 1986 into a Catholic family. He grew up, filled with religious fervour and determined to join the seminary. In 2009 he travelled to Italy to start his journey to priesthood after completing his art education, a passion he wanted to expel before taking the cloth.

However an incident he witnessed at the doors of Vatican disabused him of this notion: he saw the Vatican police remain impassive as Senegalese immigrants were callously treated by State police. It seemed to him to make a parody of the very premise of Catholicism which in his naivety he had believed was to defend the defenceless.

In this cathartic moment he saw the collusion of church and state to oppress, repress and segregate the people. His belief in the church died abruptly but his faith in Christ remained intact. In the subsequent years he travelled frequently to Italy and grew in his belief that geography was indifferent to some unpalatable truths.

In this his debut exhibition in Kenya, Longinos further explores the relationship between church, state, society and the individual. He examines the themes of oppression including self-imposed (psychological) prisons which he deems are more powerful than any physical imprison; constructs that stop us even from dreaming.

In 2013 he did a film course in Italy where he studied the works of Alfred Hitchcock; he was fascinated by Hitchcock’s subtle approach to horror which he freely admits has impacted on his creative output.

Longinos speaks English, Swahili, Luhya and Italian fluently.

His exhibition experience includes a joint art exhibition at the Museo Africano Verona, Italy, 2012-2013 and a 2009 Solo exhibition at Galleria Grifone in Lecce, Italy.

Between 2007-2009 he did a diploma in Drawing and Painting at Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2010-2011 he worked on Art projects with children at the Nairobi Children Remand including in May 2010 working as a research assistant for Professor Andy Pneiffner of Moody University, Chicago to collect information on issues affecting young people in non-formal settlements of Nairobi. The research was conducted in the slums of Korogocho, Kariobangi, Huruma, Mathare and Majengo.
In 2011 he contributed to and edited photos for a photo journal called SANAA ZETU, published by Seismic Limited under the sponsorship of UN-HABITAT.

Longinos is actively involved in radicalising art communities from grassroots up and is a member of several organisations including being co-founder of CREATIVE CAFE, an art collective that organizes talks in the community bringing diverse artists together every month as well as co-founder of HUIPALAS ASSOCIATION KENYA.

March 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm 3 comments

International Women’s Day: Dedication Painting to Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment, Mar. 8 2014 @ National Museum

Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers Mbatia

Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers Mbatia

The National Museum of Kenya invites you to view a dedication painting during the Celebration Of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014.

The masterpiece titled Wangari Maathai, A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers stands tall at 6ft x 8ft.

In honouring Maathai’s activities & achievements the masterpiece becomes a great source of inspiration for change and reflection on the economic, political and social achievements of women.

You are encouraged to find some time during the women’s week starting Saturday March 8th to visit and spend time with the painting. It is displayed at the Nairobi National Museum‘s lobby on ground floor.

The painting will be on display at the museum for a minimum period of one year.

Time: The National Museum is open daily from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

A Collaboration of National Museums of Kenya and VS Arts

March 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibition: African Beauty by Mary Ogembo, Feb. 26 – Mar. 26 2014 @ Karen Golf & Country Club

African beauty 1
Dates: Until March 26, 2014
Venue: Karen Golf & Country Club
Contacts: 0733 606950

Exhibition of new works by Mary Ogembo

Mary Ogembo‘s work is inspired by the African woman. She depicts the beauty and daily activities of the woman, and overlooks the negative stereotype placed on the African woman.

Her paintings are very rich with vibrant Earth colors, usually associated with Africa and the background pretty much relates to the subject and brings about the state of the environment. Her subject forms are exaggerated in some areas, which give the paintings a naive look.

Mary Ogembo’s paintings have been collected by The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, The Standard Chartered Bank UK and Casoria museum in Naples Italy.
She has also held successful exhibitions outside Kenya in the following countries; France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany and Lithuania.

March 4, 2014 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Art Exhibition: by Four Sudanese Artists, Mar. 7-21 2014 @ Banana Hill Art Gallery

Dates: March 7-21, 2014
Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery
Contacts: +254 711756911 /

March 4, 2014 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Art Display & Sale by Five Artists, Mar. 8-9 2014 @ Zen Gardens

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Gemini Vaghela with Zen Garden invite you to a 2 day art display and sale at Zen Garden Restaurant on the 8th and 9th of March 2014.

On showcase will be sculptures, paintings and drawings by: Ravi saleh, Gemini Vaghela, Onyis Martin, Natasha Joshi and Poonam Suryavanshi

Dates: March 8-9, 2014
Venue: Zen Gardens
Time: 10 am – 5 pm

March 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Before the Rains/After the Rains by Alexandra Spyratos, Mar. 2-22 2014 @ National Museum

Before the Rains and After the Rains
An exhibition of new works by ALEXANDRA SPYRATOS

Opening Reception: March 4, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Time: 6 pm
Guest of Honour: Australian High Commissioner HE Geoff Tooth

Exhibition Dates: Until March 22, 2014
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Alexandra Spyratos was born in Kenya where she has lived most of her life surrounded by Africa’s beauty. Based between Australia, Europe and Africa, Alexandra continues to paint for exhibitions worldwide.

February 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: by Xavier Verhoest, Feb. 19 – Mar. 9 2014 @ Talisman Restaurant

Painting by Xavier Verhoest I Photo Courtesy of Talisman Restaurant Facebook Page

Painting by Xavier Verhoest I Photo Courtesy of Talisman Restaurant Facebook Page

Born in DRC in 1964, Xavier Verhoest works with mixed-media to meditate on light and darkness, silence, fragility and mortality.

A collection his works will be on display at Talisman from Feb 19-March 9, 2014.

Photo Courtesy of Talisman Restaurant’s Facebook Page

February 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Paper – Private Preview organised by Circle Art Agency, Feb. 28 2014 @ Lower Kabete Road


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Exhibition: Value by Tahir Karmali, Feb. 27 – Mar. 13 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Kuona Trust is delighted to announce the opening of ‘VALUE’, an exhibition by Tahir Karmali, opening on 27th February running through to 13th March 2014.

Tahir’s photography installation, presents a series of provocative images, tastefully used to communicate and express a specific understanding the artist has of ‘Value’.

The artist chooses to use a subject that is laced with cultural and societal taboo. More specifically, Male Sex Workers (MSW) in Nairobi,who continue to present a provocative subject with traces of homosexual implications and male role stereotypes. This exhibition is not simply a display of those in the sex industry, but an active force in articulating, shaping, and contesting the meaning of ‘Value’ in the public sphere.

About the Artist
Tahir Carl Karmali is a Nairobi based photographer and digital & mixed media artist. He started his career in the corporate world but has been constantly in touch with the creative industry, constantly exploring the philosophies of existentialism whether through ink on canvas or the camera lens.

More of his work can be seen on his web page

Opening night: Thursday, 27th February 2014 from 6pm

February 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibition: by Salah Ammar, Feb. 23 – Mar. 26 2014 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Salah Exhibition
Exhibition of paintings by Salah Ammar

Opening: February 23, 2014
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree

Exhibition Dates: Until March 26, 2014

February 20, 2014 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Kenya at 50 Photographic exhibition by the Standard Media Group, until Feb. 28 2014 @ National Museum

Dates: Until February 28, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

February 14, 2014 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Line & Smudge by Thom Ogonga, Feb. 17-26 2014 @ the Shift Eye Gallery

Ogonga Poster
Thom Ogonga at The Shifteye Gallery;

Dates: February 17-26, 2014
Entry: Free
Contacts: 0712917426.

Thom has combined traditional drawing and illustration techniques with contemporary painting fusing charcoal and soft pastels.

Works on display are an interrogation of human behavior in reaction to the not-so-recent alcohol regulation (Mututho) Bill and how we respond to it.

February 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town/Open Day: Tafaria Open Day, Feb 15 2014 @ Tafaria Castle & Country Lodge – Nyahururu

Join Kuona Trust for a special Open Day event at Tafaria Castle & Country Lodge, in their new outreach center located in Nyahururu. Mingle and interact with the current artists in residence, Cyrus Kabiru & Kevin Oduor who will be showcasing work made during their 2 month residency.

The theme of the day is Celebrating the role of the teacher. Also featuring: Tour around the castle, art sale and art display, Performances by Mufasa the King and Namatsi

Food & drinks on sale
For more information, please call 0721262326 or 0733742752

February 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Tell N’ Sell by Mike Kyalo, Feb. 10-28 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Utumishi Series by Mike Kyalo

Utumishi Series by Mike Kyalo

Dates: February 10-28, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise – Ground Floor Gallery

Mike Kyalo attended Matungulu Boys’ High School in Machakos County. With art not on the school curriculum, Mike formed an art club to pursue his interest which also led to a visit to the GoDown Arts Centre.

Inspired and encouraged by Patrick Mukabi, resident artist at the GoDown Arts Centre, Mike has been mentored by Patrick since leaving school in 2010 and continues to excel at his art. He won the 2012 art competition ‘Experiencing Heritage through Art’ organized by the National Museums of Kenya, and also completed a one month art residency at the Kuona Arts Trust in 2013 courtesy of the Kenya Arts Diary Young Artists Arts Residency.

In this exhibition, Mike presents a series of oil paintings inspired by men at work.

February 10, 2014 at 10:14 am 2 comments

Photo Exhibition: The Street of Paris by Patricia Kang’ethe, Feb. 10-28 2014 @ Alliance Francaise

Kenyan travel photographer, Patricia Kang’ethe, shares her journey through Paris in this exhibition.

Dates: February 10-28, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise – Ground Floor Gallery

February 10, 2014 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

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