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Exhibition: Jua Kali by Tahir Karmali, Dennis Muarguri & Tonney Mugo, Jul. 17-27 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Jua Kali

Jua Kali is an exhibition of works that represents the journey of the artisan into self-creation. It stems from the informality of curating ones life experiences to generate a perceived self-image.

The exhibition is inspired by the informal sector, built from the opportunistic personality and perseverance of the Jua Kali worker who often use recycled or found objects to develop their creations.

It is a collaborative work by photographer Tahir Karmali, found object artist Dennis Muarguri & glass master Tonney Mugo.

The exhibition opens at Kuona Trust on the 17th of July 2014 from 6 pm.

July 4, 2014 at 9:57 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Matatu Games by Dennis Muraguri, Jun. 18 – Jul. 2 2014 @ Kuona Trust

This exhibition is part of the ongoing Matatu project which centres on the urban matatu culture. The first phase of this exhibition was a public art project done in the streets of Nairobi earlier this year. It presents street art as a significant art form that is as valuable and powerful as any other.

Dennis Muraguri takes a particular focus on touts, popularly referred to as ‘makangas’. He brings to light the audacious stunts (matatu games) that the touts are famous for.
The artists uses different medium to showcase this unique sub culture whose influence on our society is irrefutable.

The exhibition opens Wednesday, 18th June at 6pm.
Venue: Kuona Trust

June 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Event: Kiota [NEST], Jun. 14 2014 @ Kuona Trust

This Saturday Kuona Trust hosts the second edition of KIOTA*. This is an event that will bring together an eclectic variety of visual and performing artists.

When artists congregate for the purpose of knowing each other a creative nest of music and poetry, dance and theater, photography and art will follow.

The aim is to create a space for free creative expression, sharing and learning. A platform to help the creatively and intellectually curious meet each other, build ideas and grow as a community.

* Kiota means nest
** Enyamuchera is the Kisii term for a Wagtail the theme bird for the second edition.

June 11, 2014 at 11:35 am 1 comment

Arterial Network Kenya Catchup on Grants & Funds in the Creative Industry, Jun. 7 2014 @ Kuona Trust

ANK Grants and june 4
Grants and Funds – Accessing alternative opportunities

While the creative industry is only just getting together and interacting across sectors a key cross-cutting challenge is project financing. Aside from personal savings and mainstream channels, creative setups in Kenya also opt for donor/development support and capacity building.

This month’s Catchup being held on Saturday 7th June, is at Kuona Trust Art Centre, off Dennis Pritt Rd, and is from 2pm-5pm and explores alternative growth opportunities for creative entrepreneurs.

Join us and our panel with Hivos, Ford Foundation, Keroche Foundation and others in sharing in these learnings this Saturday afternoon

For more info check us our Arterial Network Kenya FB page or tweet @ArterialKe

June 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: From the vault – the metamorphosis of colour, Jun. 5-15 2014 @ Kuona Trust

George Omesa Exhibition
George Omesa presents “From the vault: the metamorphosis of colour”, an exclusive exhibition of his most recent paintings. In this exhibition, Omesa draws inspiration from our daily life encounters, the optimism of the human soul as it struggles to achieve something greater and the spirituality of our life that shapes our thinking and actions.

Opening Cocktail: 6pm, Thur. 5th June 2014, at Kuona Trust
Exhibition Runs until 15th June 2014

June 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch & Theatre Performance: Six and the City – 6 Short Plays on Nairobi, June 4 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Book Launch & Theatre Performance: Six and the City - 6 Short Plays on Nairobi

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Video & Photographic Exhibition: Paths & Patterns by Adeola Olagunju, May 8-17 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Adeola Olagunju Poster
Paths & Patterns – Embodiment of the Traveller in Continuum Paradox

Opening: May 8, 2014 at 6 pm
Venue: Kuona Trust

Exhibition Runs Until: May 17, 2014

The Slippery notion of predestination, fate and destiny has generated a lot of discourse based on belief and disbelief alike. While I am undecided which side I fall, I explore the most important element to the concept/discourse of destiny.

The feet (chakras) chakras derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. The feet is the bodily locomotive force that takes us through different paths. They retain the memory of our trails in colour, texture, wrinkle, bruises and scars.

I probably am one of the people who would gladly enjoy an house arrest…it’s my comfort zone as I do so much with solitude. My rare moments of engagement and interaction has a very strong influence on me, I tend to take this seriously. Being earth bound absolutely makes movement inevitable; the human person is attracted to motion hence the description of our lives as a Journey.
However, what informs our chosen paths differs from traveler to traveler, though there are catalysts that imparts choices like beliefs, society, faith, tradition, family… Looking through our interdependence and also the several path crossed as our feet travels on this journey; it became necessary for me to retain the memory of people I choose and sometimes do not choose to meet.

I consciously began to keenly observe the feet of people I meet and share experiences with…so much amazement to perceive and to also see what our bodies communicate without our knowledge. Conversations, thoughts engaged and visual projections I had at those times ; this experiences put together was used in visually recreating what I perceived in the process.

About the artist
Adeola Olagunju is currently an artist in residence at Kuona Trust Art centre.The exhibition opens Thursday,8th May and runs till the 17th May 2014.

An Iroko Arts Consultancy Exhibition

May 5, 2014 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Screening: Fruitvale Station, May 2 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Fruitvale Station
Screen on the Green in collaboration with Kuona Trust brings you Fruitvale Station

Date: Friday, 2nd May 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 6pm
Charges: Ksh 500

The film tells the story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old from Hayward, California and his experiences on the last day of his life, before he was fatally shot by BART Police in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

May 2, 2014 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Fossils and 4X4s by London–based artist Catherine Morland, Apr. 29-May 4 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Fossils to 4x4’s
Opening: April 30, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust

Exhibition Runs Until: May 4, 2014

From Fossils to 4×4’s is an on-going series of work by London–based artist Catherine Morland that references Britain’s colonial past, the symbolic presence of the ‘development’ industry in Nairobi, and the expatriate gaze in contemporary Kenya.

The exhibition consists of an installation of drawings inspired by recent trips to Kenya. Morland’s watercolours evoke a oneric world of shifting morphing elements including prehistoric skulls, tropical foliage, night-lit gardens, security guards, historical figures, neon signage, and city monuments.


April 28, 2014 at 12:38 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

Kid’s Holiday Art Workshops, Apr. 7-11 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Holiday Art Workshops
Treat your kids to a fun week of Art workshops at Kuona Trust this month from Monday 7th- Friday 11th April 2014
Activities for all kids between 3 and 18 years

The workshops will be taught by various Kuona artists in a conducive and child friendly atmosphere
Time:10 and 1 pm daily

Sign up today by calling us on 0721262326 or 0733742752

April 4, 2014 at 9:05 am Leave a 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

Event: 7th International SWAN Day, Mar. 29 2014 @ Kuona Trust

The International SWAN day is a set aside to celebrate Women in the arts.

This year’s theme is ‘Soul’. There will be a number of guest speakers, performance, vendors, art displays by upcoming female artists and much more.

Entry is absolutely free

March 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Batik Workshop with Martin Otieno, Mar. 25-28 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Dates: March 25-28, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 10am – 3pm
Charges: Ksh 1500 per day

Facilitator: Martin Otieno

March 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Life Drawing Workshops, Every Saturday from Mar. 22 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Dates: Every Saturday from March 22, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 10am – 1pm
Charges: Kshs 1,000 per session

Facilitator: Kuona artists

The aim of this workshop is to enable participants learn the basics of drawing with different media including pencil, charcoal, ink and pastel and also understand the anatomy of the human form.

All materials provided.

March 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Photography Workshop, Every Saturday from Mar. 22 – Apr. 19 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Photo workshop
The photography Workshop starts on Saturday, 22nd of March at Kuona Trust from 10am – 1pm

Dates:March 22, 29, April 5,& 19 2014
Charges: Ksh 1000 per session

Class Outline
1. Composition
2. Lighting
3. Black and White
4. Color
5. Subject and concept generation

March 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Where Books go to Die, Mar. 13 – Apr. 11 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Where Books go to Die
Kuona Trust is delighted to invite you to the opening of WHERE BOOKS GO TO DIE, an exhibition by one of our artists, Jackie Karuti, opening on 13th March at the Goethe Institut, Nairobi.

The exhibition replicates a library scene set in a dystopia world inspired by the four elements Earth, Air, Fire & Water. These four elements are believed to be the forces that govern existence for they hold immense power to not only build but also destroy. The symbolism of the elements is translated into a series of smaller installations that depict the state of most libraries as seen in Nairobi as well as in most parts of the world.

About the Artist
Jackie Karuti is a visual artist working in the fields of painting, performance art and installation. Her paintings depict a world of opposites set within a black and yellow palette. With her gradual embrace of new media and immateriality, Jackie has incorporated a conceptual and experimental artistic approach to her work through her performance pieces and installations which collectively focus on themes such asgender, identity and urban culture. Jackie has exhibited and participated in workshops in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA. She also writes and has collaborated in various photography projects.

Her studio is based at Kuona Trust in Nairobi. You can find more of her musings on her blog

Opening night: Thursday, 13th March 2014 from 7pm
Venue: Goethe Institut, Nairobi

March 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Mini Nile Day Festival feat. Nile Project Artists, Feb. 22 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Nile Project
Date: February 22, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: From 3 pm
Entry: Free

Featuring performance by Nile Project Artists who will also be performing on Sunday at Safaricom Jazz Festival.

February 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

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

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

Publication: Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility & their Ambivalence in Nairobi by Olivier Marcel

Olivier Marcel takes a critical look at art mobility in Kenya through the lens of two cultural institutions, Goethe Institut Nairobi and Kuona Trust. His research findings offer interesting perspectives and his use of cartography to map out art mobility offers visual account of relationships that exist and might have been missed in the art space.

Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility and their Ambivalence in Nairobi, Kenya by Olivier Marcel of Bordeaux 3 University

In recent years, art made in Africa, particularly in the metropolitan context, has witnessed a substantial increase in attention coming from transnational institutions. While many researchers have pointed out the deceitful nature of contemporary art’s globalization, this turn of events still challenges the way we conceive the space of contemporary art. In this paper I use cartography as a critical tool to approach the international mobility facilitated by two art organizations based in Nairobi, Kenya.

This is a worthwhile paper to read. Download Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries- Measurements o

Marcel, Olivier. “Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility and their Ambivalence in Nairobi,Kenya.” Artl@s Bulletin 2, no. 2 (2013): Article 6.

February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Event: Valentines Art Affair, Feb. 8 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Kuona Trust is organising the first ever Valentines Art Affair featuring all our Kuona artists.

This one day sale is your perfect opportunity to buy an affordable art piece from your favorite artist as well as get that special person a gift they will treasure for a long time to come. Art is a way of expressing how we feel.
Show you’re loved how you feel this valentine by buying them an exceptional gift from our line-up of vendors who include Micheal Soi, Rift Valley Leather, Sidai Jewellery, Craft Afrika, Mali ya Mali, Wazawazi, Adorn Me and many more.

There will be various activities for one to join in such making of hand- made cards, order your portraits done by our skilled artists , purchase engraved glass from a master glass artist, have your photos taken by professionals in our one of a kind photo booth and get them custom framed.

Date: Saturday 8th February 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 10 am – 4pm

Also, enjoy good music, food and drinks as you encounter a unique shopping experience.

February 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Workshop: by artist in residence Josefina Muñoz, Feb. 5-7 2014 @ Kuona Trust

New Picture
Dates: February 5-7, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust (Likoni close Likoni Lane,Off Denis Pritt Rd)
The workshop is free and open to all
Participants must RSVP on 0721262326/ 0733742752

This is a workshop that aims to provide basic skills to professionalize an artist’s practice. The workshop shall run through three intense sessions and will be instructed by artist in residence Josefina Muñoz. Participants will be taken through different alternatives to present a portfolio, resume, cover letter and artist statement. With these elements we will then revise how to apply for grants, scholarships, shows, and international artist in residence programs.

A list of online resources will be given for further research, along with relevant samples for reference. Each student will be requested to find and prepare a real ongoing submission thereafter. Through group evaluation we will discuss the proposals and refine them for final submission.

Participants are requested to carry their current portfolios.

February 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Event: Kiota, Jan. 25 2014 @ Kuona Trust

This Saturday Kuona Trust hosts an event that will bring together an eclectic variety of visual and performing artists known as KIOTA.

KIOTA means ‘nest.’ When artists congregate for the purpose of knowing each other a creative nest of music and poetry, dance and theater, photography and art will follow.

This is a platform for sharing of creative experiences and ideals, as well as providing art lovers and artists with an opportunity to interact, share, and learn from each other.

Date: January 25, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 1100-1700hrs

You are welcome to bring a musical instrument and take part in any of the day’s activities.

January 22, 2014 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Performance Workshop by Ato Malinda, Jan. 21-25 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Workshop by Ato
You are invited to take part in a 5 day performance workshop instructed by artist and performer, Ato Malinda.

The workshop will explore the history of performance art as it is known today by the global art world. This will include the performances of early Futurism, Dada and Surrealism, Bauhaus and performance since 1968. We will also discuss questions such as ‘what is performance?’ and ‘what is performativity?’

Dates: January 21-25, 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 9.30 am -1.00 pm
Charges: Ksh 500 per day (Inclusive lunch& materials)
RSVP on 0721262326/0733742752

No previous knowledge of performance art is required

January 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Pirate Beach Bathers Exhibition by Mathias Muehle, Jan. 10-14 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Pirates Beach Bathers
In this exhibition, Mathias Muehle chronicles weekend activities of everyday Kenyans at the coast, particularly the Indian Ocean bathers at Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach, commonly known as “Pirate Beach”, in Mombasa.

The beach bather paintings are also reminiscent of bathers by impressionist and expressionist French and German artists of the late 19th and early 20th century, like Max Liebermann or Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Mathias deliberately chose to depict these carefree, relaxed scenes of African people enjoying recreation just like in any part of the world. His vibrant, engaging colors reflect the natural exuberance of the people, and the beauty of the equatorial seaside.

Opening Cocktail: January 10, 2014 at 6 pm
Venue: Kuona Trust
Runs Until: January 14, 2014
Free Entry

January 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

ART 50: Kuona Trust Open Day, Dec. 13 & 14 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Kuona OPen
Kuona Trust’s Annual Open Day – Celebrating 50 years of Kenyan Art.

Dates: December 13 & 14, 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust

Activities for all ages. Conversations with some of Kenya’s well known pioneer artists, exciting art workshops with master artists,live performances, an art exhibition, art sale,an opportunity to win prizes from the raffle,treasure hunt, wire toy car race, and much more.

December 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: 327 Unreported by Jemima Robinson + Claire O’ Callaghan @ Kuona Trust

Kuona Trust presents the first major exhibition from artist Jemima Robinson in collaboration with Claire O’Callaghan.

Opening: Friday December 6, 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust
Until: December 30, 2013

327 Unreported is a monochromatic show of works on paper and installations depicting the stories of rape victims, male and female. With this exhibition, Robinson and O’Callaghan aim at raising awareness of this much ignored but huge problem in Kenya, the dates of the exhibition fall within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign that puts the spotlight on gender-based violence as a human rights issue at local national, regional and international level.

December 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Welding workshop by Meshack Oiro, Nov. 19-22 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Welding Workshop
You are invited to take part in a welding workshop instructed by mixed media sculptor Meshack Oiro. Participants will be introduced to the basics of welding, use if power tools and safety.

Dates: 19th- 22nd November 2013
Time: 9.30 am -1.00 pm
Charges: Ksh 1000 per day (Inclusive lunch& materials)
RSVP on 0721262326/0733742752

November 15, 2013 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

Copyright & Intellectual Property Workshop, Nov. 13 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Know your IP
The Copyright workshop will cover various copyright laws affecting the visual art sector with a Q & A session facilitated by Mr. Paul Nzeveka, Legal Counsel.

The Kenya Copyright Board is a state corporation established to regulate the affairs in the copyright industry. Its core mandate is to administer and enforce copyright and related rights in Kenya.

Date: Wednesday 13th November 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 11am- 4pm

November 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

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