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Workshop Opportunity for Writers: Application for Kwani? Fiction Workshop due Monday, May 26 2014

Kwani Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014 Fiction Workshop

Kwani Trust invites applications for a residential fiction workshop to be held from June 24th to July 6th. Following Kwani?’s pursuit of developing new contemporary fiction, the workshop will incubate writing from fourteen emerging voices with particular focus on writers between the ages of 18 and 24 and writers from outside of Nairobi’s urban space.

Kwani? has always been interested in providing creative and alternative voices, narratives and expressions to mainstream societal concerns. The establishment of devolutionary politics in Kenya, the planned decentralisation of power with the application of the new Constitution and the emergence of new aspects of power in our society requires scrutiny and the telling of new stories. We are therefore interested in developing creative writing that mirrors what has been described as our new politics.

Not limited to the above, the workshop will broadly explore what new narratives can emerge from the county as Kenya’s new central political unit beyond the state. Linked to this will be explorations of the mtaa, or neighbourhood, as an oppositional and organic context to these new narratives, expressions and voices.
We hope that the writers invited to the workshop will work with power and mtaa as broad thematic concerns. The two week-workshop, and the intensity of the residential format, will allow the writers enough time to produce substantial work, learn aspects of the writer’s craft and develop style with Kwani?’s guest tutors and mentors. The invited writers will also form a meaningful working relationship with the other writers on the programme.

At the end of the workshop we will ask writers to submit drafts suitable for submission to Kwani? 09, the ninth issue of Kwani Trust’s flagship literary journal subtitled Your Count®y Needs You.

To apply, please email submissions@kwani.org by Monday, May 26th with the following:

-Email Subject Line: 2014 Fiction Workshop Application
-A short fiction sample (1000-2000 words) (Word or PDF)
-A one page motivation statement including 1. Why you wish to attend the workshop 2. Story idea(s) around power or mtaa 3. A brief bio
-Name
-Age
-Location
-Phone number
-Email address

*Writers must be available for the duration of the workshop. Transport, full accommodation and meals will be provided.

May 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Auditions: Open Possibilities for Young Musicians, Mar. 22-23 2014 @ Strathmore University Auditorium

Auditions: Open Possibilities for Young Musicians
Auditions: Open Possibilities for Young Musicians-

Dates: Mar. 22-23 2014
Venue: Strathmore University Auditorium

Get registration forms which must be filled and returned before the audition dates from info@artofmusic.co.ke / 0715-918977

March 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm 1 comment

Call for Entries: Designers who wish to partake in Swahili Fashion Week Kenya set for Apr. 5 2014 @ Crowne Plaza Hotel

SFW CALL FOR DESIGNERS
Swahili Fashion Week East and Central Africa’s leading fashion week is back for the second time with the Swahili Fashion Week Kenya. This year it is set to take center stage on 5th April 2014 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi.

Are you a designer who would like to showcase at Swahili Fashion Week Kenya?

If so go to Swahili Fashion Week Website and download the application form.

Entries should be submitted by February 28, 2014

Find more info on their Facebook Page

February 20, 2014 at 10:45 am 1 comment

A Call to Visual Artists by Feb. 21 2014: Beautiful Delivery – Making Pumwani Hospital a place of Healing & Joy

A Call to Visual Artists to give to a coming generation of Kenyans

Beautiful Delivery – Making Pumwani Hospital a place of Healing and Joy Project

Deadline is February 21, 2014.

Background
Pumwani Hospital is an Obstetric and Referral Hospital for delivery of expectant mothers in Nairobi, and adjoining districts. Pumwani also caters to HIV+ mothers through its PMTCT program. Daily normal deliveries are 50 – 100, and Cesarean Sections are 10 – 15. It is the largest maternity hospital in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Artwork in hospitals can serve as a positive distraction for what the patient is experiencing. It is the ultimate way to demonstrate the healing power of art and its utility beyond aesthetics.

In 2004, a clinical study* showed that placing original artworks within the healthcare environment had the following benefits:

- Reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression
- Reduction in patients’ length of stay within the hospital
- Reduction in the use of some medications
- Increase in staff morale

*Public Art in Health Spaces

The Situation
Pumwani’s hospital walls are stark and drab, with images from posters of dying and deformed babies, mostly information NGOs that still practice shock advertisement to push mothers to bring children for immunization etc.

The walls at the Antenatal Clinic were recently repainted by Google. The new walls remain empty and for the women who bring the children there, the clinic is dreary and uninspiring.

The garden where relatives of women in labour (often husbands) and mothers-to-be await the arrival of their babies, is also devoid of any benches or works to both heal and inspire.

The mothers who attend the PMTCT program come with young children who have nowhere to play.

It is not right that only hospitals that have a budget to commission artists should access art. Four artists from Kuona Trust have come together to create scultpures for the garden, a stained glass window panel, a see-saw for the children and art pieces for the antenatal clinic.

There are still alot more opportunities to push the healing properties of art within this public space – to a population that might not otherwise have access to contemporary art.

Where do you come in

Do you have any art pieces that you would like to donate to Pumwani Hospital?
All the artwork must be for the benefit of the community; images that inspire and uplift – around the themes of both or one of the following: giving life through birth children

Deadline is February 21, 2014.

If you are interested and would like to participate in this loving gesture, please contact Wambui Kamiru at: wambui.kamiru@gmail.com

February 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Call for Art Submissions: The 1st Kampala Art Biennale 2014 – Progressive Africa, by Mar. 31 2014

The 1st Kampala Art Biennale 2014 – Progressive Africa

The 1st Kampala Art Biennale 2014 – Progressive Africa


The theme is derived from the current Pan African, and increasingly global, discourse that Africa’s economic growth and development is booming and happening right NOW… Popular phrases heard nowadays are: “Africa Is The Future” and “Africa Rising”.

The Kampala Art Biennale 2014 seeks to join this discussion with its theme PROGRESSIVE AFRICA. It is calling on African painters, photographers, illustrators, cartoonists, writers and 2D media artists to present their perception of the current status of Africa.
We believe that the resulting juried works will create a political and social debate in the fields of art, gender, human rights, cultural practice and technology.

Selected work will be shipped from the artist’s country to Kampala and shown in August 2014 at one of the Biennale venues in Kampala. Works will be shipped and returned after the month long exhibition at the expense of the Biennale organisation. The artist has the option to sell the work at the Biennale.

Deadline for entries is March 31st 2014. Application is free of charge. Artists will not receive payment. Copyright of the submitted works remains the artist’s.

An independent jury (curator group) will consider all applications and compile a selection of the final 100 works, which will be announced on April 7th 2014.

Requirements / criteria for submitting artworks:
- Artist must be working in Africa.
- All submissions must be made through the online application form. link here
- Maximum size of original works: 1.5m2
- Only 2D artworks, no installations or 3D sculptures (video can be submitted on request)
- All works must be related to the theme: “Progressive Africa”.
- Upload max 10 digital images (jpg, png, pdf, gif) of the artworks and mention Title, Size and Media.

In applying for the Biennale, the artist is complying with the conditions and requirements set by the Biennale organisation.

For more information: info@kampalabiennale.org , +256 (0)712 455 555.

February 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

Call for Applications to the 2nd Cycle of Training- Craft Enterprise Incubation Program, by Jan. 31 2014

CEIPFlyer
Call for applications to the second cycle of training- Craft Enterprise Incubation Program [CEIP14].

The 12 week program – 19 March to 6 June 2014 – is specifically designed for the craft sector. It focuses on sharing knowledge, tools and networks that enable young designer-makers to create profitable craft enterprises.

The program also feature a mentorship component, access to micro loans through our partner Kiva and market linkages opportunities.

Every training cycle accepts only 10 students to allow for one on one interaction.
There are 5 partial scholarships worth 10,000Ksh each on offer through sponsorship by Biz Baz Events, organizers of the Bizarre Bazaar craft festival.

Application deadline is 31 January 2014 at midnight.

For more information about Craft Afrika and the program, visit our blog www.craftafrika.org or email craft@craftafrika.org

January 14, 2014 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Short Courses in Craft & Design by Craft Afrika, Application by Aug. 19 2013

New Courses
After running a successful 6 month training program for craftpreneurs, Craft Afrika has recently introduced short courses in craft and design.

Classes start 22nd August 2013 and run both daytime and evening. Course fees start from 2500 KShs and will be conducted at Shalom House, St. Daniel Comboni road, off Ngong road.

For more details about course content, rates and benefits, visit www.craftafrika.org
Deadline for applications is August 19, 2013

Contact email: craft@craftafrika.org and tel. +254 732 98 22 26

August 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

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