Out of Town: Art Legacy Exhibition by John Solly Savala (Big Foot), Peter Mumia (Pemu Arts) and Joan Gendo, Jan. 27 – Feb. 18 2023 @ Alliance Française Mombasa.

Opening Night: January 27, 2023

Venue: Alliance Française Mombasa (Nyali – Moyne Drive)

Time: 6:30 pm

Entry: Free

Until February 18, 2023


Under his alias ‘Big Foot’, Savala is an “abstract fine artist by profession with no formal training but born talented. Each painting is an original one of a kind Acrylic on fabric, board and any other related materials even recycled ones, signed by Savala upon completion.”

Along with exhibitors Peter Mumia (Pemu Arts) and Joan Gendo.

January 27, 2023 at 6:01 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: ‘The Moon Man has Gone Under the Sea…’ Recent Works by Jessica Atieno, Jan. 22 – March 5 2023 @ Red Hill Art Gallery.

Opening: January 22, 2023

Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Jessica Atieno will give an introduction into  her artworks at around 2.00 pm.

James Mweu and is dance group will present a dance performance in the afternoon.

Screen Prints on large canvasses

Jessica Atieno explores the role of historic photographic archives in reconstituting current perspectives within ethnographic representations.

“What happens when a photographic object vacates the space of the archive and is re-appropriated in the creation of a new artistic work?”

The exhibition is on view until 5th March 2023.

January 20, 2023 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Mirror, Mirror – Portraits of Being Alive by Leo Mativo, Jan. 18-30 2023 @ Alliance Française.

Dates: January 18-30, 2023

Venue: Alliance Française


Using oil and/or acrylic Leo Mativo created a series of pieces that serves as a reflection of concealed emotional and psychological states of being we are engulfed in either briefly or over substantial periods of time, through  exposure to various emotional and psychological environments of today. The work is strongly characterised by unrestrained paint application techniques and captivating eyes on abstract backgrounds that give the work soul and presence.

January 16, 2023 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Exhibition: Neighbouring Lands by Tabitha wa Thuku, Dec. 20 2022 – Jan. 20 2023 @ Peponi Hotel – Lamu.

Dates: Until 20 January 2023

Venue: Peponi Hotel, Lamu


Neighbouring Lands, is selection of Tabitha wa Thuku’s (Kenyan, b. 1963) vibrant and fluid, dreamlike landscapes consists of a body of work focused on the portrayal of nature and the environment; a theme wa Thuku has been referring to in her work since she began painting in the 80s.

Her work invites the viewer on a mysterious journey through the artist’s own real and imaginary landscapes from around the world.

If you study them carefully and take time, you find yourself following her paths and streams into the depths of each painting. Tabitha often uses dark hues, reds, browns and blacks which allude to the dark side of human interference in nature.

Believing vehemently in the regeneration of our environment, wa Thuku’s uses her work to criticise the pillaging nature of our society and confirm her belief in growing and replenishing the natural world.

December 22, 2022 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

6th Somali Heritage Week: Awakening – Using Arts to Tell Our Stories, Dec. 18-19 2022 @ the Kenya National Theatre.

Dates: December 18-19, 2022

Venue: the Kenya National Theatre

Time: 9 am – 7 pm

Entry: Free

December 15, 2022 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: A Trajectory of Etchings – 1980’s to 2000 by Rashid Diab (from Sudan), Nov. 20 2022 – Jan. 12 2023 @ Red Hill Art Gallery.

Opening: November 20, 2022

Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Until January 12, 2023


Red Hill Art Gallery is honoured to show in this exhibition part of the archive of the artist’s print work dated from the 1980’s until 2000, which he created during his 20 year stay in Madrid (Spain), as Artist-in-Residence, a PHD fellow and later as a lecturer at the Department of Fine Art at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Rashid Diab is a master in print techniques including the complete spectrum of Etchings, Collagraphs, Aquatints, Woodcuts and Silkscreens.

The exhibition comprises a selection of more than 50 prints, from meticulously elaborated miniatures to multi-coloured large-scale prints.

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Out of Town: 20th Annual Lamu Cultural Festival, Nov. 24-26 2022 @ Lamu Archipelago.

Dates: November 24-26, 2022

Venue: Lamu Archipelago, Lamu County

November 20, 2022 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Samosa Festival: Film Screening ~ Supastaz, Joy’s Garden & Millet, Nov. 24 2022 @ Cheche Bookshop & Café – Lavington.

Date: November 24, 2022

Venue: Cheche Bookshop & Café – Lavington

Time: from 6.30 PM

Entry: Free

November 20, 2022 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Escape, Journey to the Heart of Digital Culture, Nov. 16-30 2022 @ Alliance Française.

Dates: November 16-30, 2022

Venue: Alliance Française


The exhibition offers an educational and playful look at digital cultures through a selection of artworks that combine web documentaries, video games, and AI.

Organized in three sections: “A History of the Internet”, “The Data War”, and “Digital Humanity”, it will allow us to explore the upheavals caused by the Digital Revolution through its major concepts: Web, social networks, algorithms, data, GAFAM, hacker, maker, fake news, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, etc.

In an era that constantly encourages us to connect, the exhibition invites us to look at this digital world with a critical eye, to take a step to the side and escape its grip for a moment.

November 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Under Our Skin International Film Festival on Human Rights, Nov. 11-19 2022 @ Various Locations in Nairobi

Dates: November 11-19, 2022

Venues: Unseen Nairobi, Mathare Social Justice Centre, KU School of Law – Parklands & Baraza Media Lab

Programme: Download it here (pdf)

November 14, 2022 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Exhibition / Installation: Excavation, Elevation, Oct. 25-31 2022 @ the GoDown Arts Centre – Kilimani

Dates: October 25-31, 2022

Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre, Kilimani


Exploring geological manipulation of the urban landscape, this exhibition follows the materials of Nairobi’s transformation.

An Exhibition by James Muriuki – a Nairobi based art practitioner – and Constance Smith – a social and visual anthropologist from Manchester, UK.

October 27, 2022 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

Magical Kenya Travel Expo: Rediscover the Magic, Oct. 5-7 2022 @ Bomas of Kenya

Dates: October 5-7, 2022

Venue: Bomas of kenya

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Tickets: $ 30 for a 3 days pass

Tickets and more information, available, here ->  http://MKTE.co.ke

October 6, 2022 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Pop Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market, Oct. 1 & 2 2022 @ Parade Ring, Ngong Racecourse

Dates: Sat. & Sun. – October 1st & 2nd, 2022

Venue: Parade Ring, Ngong Racecourse

Time: 10am – 6pm

Entry: KES 300/- Facebook event page: https://facebook.com/events/765949277977974/…

September 30, 2022 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Muze Open Air Presents DJ Le’Soul (from South Africa) ft. Hometown Heroes, Oct. 1 2022 @ the Mall Rooftop

Date: October 1, 2022

Venue: the Mall Rooftop, #Westlands

Time: from 5 PM

Tickets: KES 3,000/- at the Gate, & KES 2,000/- Advance

Adv. Tickets Available, here: http://muzeclub.com


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Macondo Literary Festival 2022 – The Future of Memories, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 2022 @ Kenya National Theatre

Opening: September 30, 2022

Venue: Kenya National Theatre

Time: from 4.30 PM

Entry: Free (RSVP, here – https://kenyabuzz.com/events/event/macondo-literary-festival-2022#…)

Festival Dates: October 1-2, 2022

Venue: #Kenya National Theatre

Weekend Pass: KES 1,000/- at the Gate & KES 800/-; Advance Day Pass: KES 700/- at the Gate & KES 500/- Advance .

#MacondoLitFest: A Gathering of Writers from Lusophone, Francophone & Anglophone Africa & Brazil.

September 30, 2022 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: Nyege Nyege Festival, Sept. 15-18 2022 @ Itanda Falls, Jinja – Uganda.

Dates: September 15-18, 2022

Venue: Itanda Falls, Jinja – Uganda

Find more information, here.

September 14, 2022 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Social Comedy: ‘Mstinji – The Miser’, Sept. 17-18 2022 @ Alliance Française Nairobi

Dates: September 17-18, 2022

Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi

Time: 2 & 6 PM

Entry: Free (Prior Registration Required)

Register, here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mstinji-2022-tickets-403898389957


2022 marks the 400th anniversary of Molière’s birth. Molière (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) is one of the greatest comic geniuses the world has seen, and undoubtedly the master of “social comedy. His plays have transcended the times and the society for which they were written, and remain as relevant today. His critical insights into human nature have gained him a lasting reputation as dramatist and satirist.

The Alliance Française has invited the Nairobi Performing Arts Studio to produce a Kenyan adaptation of Molière’s comedy of manners ‘L’Avare’ with a stellar cast including Sam Psenjen (Mission to Rescue), Angel Waruinge (Tahidi High) and Dru Muthure (Radio presenter), directed by Stuart Nash behind the hits ‘Sarafina’, ‘I will marry when I want’… 

Don’t miss this Kenyan take on Molière’s comedy ‘L’Avare’. How to get a Mubaba? A critical look at the failings and foibles of human nature in our society and the peculiar behaviour of Kenyans.

September 14, 2022 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Light And Blue Silence by Jimmy Kitheka, Sept. 7-30 2022 @ Alliance Française.

Opening: September 7, 2022

Venue: Alliance Française

Time: from 6.30 PM


Through shadow and blur effects in dark blue hues, Jimmy generates representations and visions from the past evoking a sense of nostalgia. His works take us back in time, through stories told by his grandfather, that retrace the Nairobi of the 60s and 70s. Jimmy imagines himself living in those times through his paintings. His works are currently being shown at the AKKA Project gallery in Venice as part of the ‘African Identities’ exhibition that coincides with the Venice Art Biennale.

The exhibition runs until 30 September 2022.

September 10, 2022 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Mixed Exhibition: ‘Leaves of Life’ by Olivia Pendergast, Mark Lecchini, Myrna van der Veen, Fitsum Berhe, Dennis Muraguri, Anthony Okello, James Mbuthia & Yoni Waite, Jul. 30 – Aug. 21 2022 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Opening: July 30, 2022

Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Time: Noon – 4 PM

Featured artists include Olivia Pendergast, Mark Lecchini, Myrna van der Veen, Fitsum Berhe, Dennis Muraguri, Anthony Okello, James Mbuthia, along with some older works from Yoni Waite. 

Exhibition Run: Until August 21, 2022 

Gallery open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am – 4.30pm.​​

The show will continue through August with the exception of Election Week.

July 30, 2022 at 6:42 am Leave a comment

Open Studio: In Which Our Wants are Worlds by Wanini Kimemiah, Jul. 29 2022 @ the C& Office – the Mall, Westlands

Open Studio: Friday, 29 July 2022

Venue: the Mall, 1st Floor – Westlands

Time: 6-9 PM

The work will be on view Until August 26th 2022

July 28, 2022 at 2:42 am Leave a comment

Opportunity: Sauti za Busara Music Festival: Call for Artists, By Jul. 31 2022

Deadline: July 31, 2022

Medium: https://www.busaramusic.org/call-for-artists-2023/

July 21, 2022 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Hip Hop City Premiere! Screening, Panel & Old Skul Kenyan Hip Hop Party, Jul. 22 2022 @ the Mall, Basement – #Westlands

Date: July 22, 2022

Venue: The Mall, Basement – Westlands

Time: 6 PM till Late

Entry: Free


Launch of a 3 part Documentary on Hip Hop music’s influence on the Kenyan urban culture, identity, fashion and social change.

The screening will be accompanied by a brief panel discussion with pioneers from the Kenyan hip hop music scene.

Special performances by Kalamashaka and a select group of DJ’s.

A collaboration between Goethe Institut Kenya & The MIST.

July 21, 2022 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

EKENYAGWECHWECHACHWECHERIA – Exhibition About Loss & Life, Jul. 21-28 2022 @ 101 Manyani E

Opening: July 21, 2022

Venue: 101, Manyani E

Time: 6PM

Exhibition by: Elkana Ong’esa, Moses Nyawanda, Iddi Achieng & Musa Omusi

Until: July 28, 2022

July 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Sarakasi za Siasa by Joseph Bertiers, Jul. 13 – 31 2022 @ Alliance Française

Dates: July 13-31, 2022

Venue: Alliance Française

Sarakasi za Siasa by Joseph Bertiers

Joseph Mbatia Njoroge, or ‘Bertiers’ as he is fondly known, began his artistic career as a professional sign writer.  Over the past three decades, Bertiers’ lively, realistic and colourful paintings have humorously chronicled and weaved many local and international events with everyday life in Kenya. 

This exhibition of his large-scale canvasses and life-size sculptures offers a satirical view of Kenyan politics over the years.

July 12, 2022 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Women into Family by Chilonga, Jul. 2-29 2022 @ Banana Hill Art Gallery

Dates: July 2-29, 2022

Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery

July 4, 2022 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Inaugural Celebration of World Kiswahili Day 2022: Kiswahili for Peace, Integration & Development, Jul. 7 2022 @ National Museums of Kenya, Heritage Training Institute – Mombasa

Date: July 7, 2022

Venue: National Museums of Kenya, Heritage Training Institute – Mombasa

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

Dress code: Swahili Attire

July 4, 2022 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Lost Paradise by Mohamed Abdella Otaybi (Sudanese, b. 1948), Jun. 29 – Jul. 30 2022 @ Circle Art Gallery

Opening: June 29, 2022

Venue: Circle Art Gallery

Until: July 30, 2022

This is Mohamed Otaybi’s first solo exhibition in Kenya, presenting 25 paintings made during the last decade.


Otaybi graduated from the Khartoum College of Fine and Applied Arts and began working as an artist during the dynamic period of the 1970s in Sudan. He was immersed in the debates about cultural heritage and Sudanese visual identity of the Khartoum School at the time. Many of these debates are still significant in Sudan today – the combination of Africanism, Islam, Arabism and Sudanese identity.  

Long recognised and acclaimed as an influential figure in Sudanese art, Otaybi’s painterly language has evolved throughout his career, consolidating his reputation and strength as a colourist. Architectural and decorative motifs and calligraphic forms populate his paintings. Layering hues to create depth and vibration add to the mythological and dreamlike quality of his paintings, which reference a cultural past. Otaybi is also a celebrated cartoonist and illustrator, and elements of his graphic and satirical approach often translate into his paintings.

Otaybi’s lyrical images of life, nature, music and a heritage that combines Islamic symbolism and a modern multicultural way of life in Sudan, speaks of his country’s past and present and resonates with people across the world. As well as holding regular solo exhibitions in Khartoum, North Africa and the Arab world from 1970 to the present, he has shown in international group exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial, UAE, 1993; Modernism in Sudanese Art, British Museum, London, 2004; Sudan: Emergence of Singularities, P21 Gallery, London, 2017 and Khartoum Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2017. His work features in private and public collections including the National Museum in Sharjah.  In 2018, Otaybi was the focus of the article ‘Masters We Need to Master’, Collector Magazine, Art Africa. 

June 27, 2022 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Simultaneous Exhibitions: ‘Visual Memories’ by James Mbuthia & ‘Between Losing and Finding’ by Anthony Okello, Jun. 25 – Jul. 24 2022 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Opening: June 25, 2022

Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Time: Noon – 4pm

Exhibitions Run: Saturday 25 June through 24 July 2022 
Gallery open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am – 4.30pm.​​


One Off is very proud to host a couple of thought provoking exhibitions by two of its Gallery Artists:  James Mbuthia will open his show titled ‘Visual Memories’ and Anthony Okello will open his exhibition titled ‘Between Losing and Finding’. 

Both artists work in oil on canvas and both painters investigate the challenges of loss through the last three years.  Using vastly different lenses and with particularly personal perspectives on their surroundings, it is fascinating to compare such contrasting explorations

June 24, 2022 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Variety Cultural Show (Music, Acrobatics, Spoken Word & Dance) ft. Exray, Mbuzi Gang, Nelmo Newsong, Kenzo Matata & Billher, Jun. 25 2022 @ Mukuru Youth Initiative, Mukuru kwa Reuben

Date: June 25, 2022

Venue: Mukuru Youth Initiative, Mukuru kwa Reuben

Time: 12 Noon – 6 PM

Entry: Free


This is a community performance event happening this Saturday at Mukuru Kwa Reuben.

The show includes musicians, dancers, acrobats and spoken word artists, as well as an open mic session for upcoming artists from the Mukuru community to showcase their skills.

This show is a culmination of a week-long set of activities by the GoDown Art Centre (and finnisage local event for the ArtXchange project).

June 24, 2022 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Simultaneous Exhibitions: ‘Africa Re-Imagined: A Six Year Exploration’ by Geoff Weedon & ‘Intimacy of Things’ by Olivia Pendergast, May 28 – Jun. 19 2022 @ One Off Contemporary Gallery

One Off is delighted to present Geoff Weedon’s first solo show in Kenya; ‘Africa Re-Imagined’. Weedon first visited Africa six years ago and the impact of the wildlife and its people is clear because he has painted little else since, returning again and again for inspiration and reference. This show is a reflection of six years playful exploration which has expressed itself in different styles and formed distinct series, two of which are displayed in this exhibition. 

Meanwhile, opening simultaneously is ‘Intimacy of things’, an exhibition of oil paintings by one of our most popular artists, Olivia Pendergast.  In her latest works, Pendergast places her subjects in their places of work, surrounded by the objects which are of significance in their lives.  In each painting, Pendergast uses hands, rather than eyes as her tool of expression, along with her signature re-applied pencil lines.  The show marks a shift in direction for the artist which will delight her audience.


Opening: May 28, 2022

Venue: One Off Contemporary Gallery

Time: Noon – 4 PM

Exhibitions Run: Saturday, 28 May through 19 June 2022 

Gallery open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 4.30 PM.​​

June 1, 2022 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

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