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Special Holiday Exhibition: Sanaa Gateja, Dec. 1 2013 – Mar. 1 2014 @ The Nairobi Gallery

Special Holiday at Nairobi Gallery
Exhibition by SANAA GATEJA – Artist, Designer and Bead King at the Nairobi Gallery.

Dates: December 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Sanaa Gateja was born in Kisoro, Uganda in l950, where he completed his early education. In l970, he moved to Mombasa where he opened his first art gallery across from the port at Mombasa Old Town called Studio Sanaa. This expanded into Fort Jesus Museum in l974. His gallery was among the first to concentrate on exhibiting the traditional arts of Kenya, including the functional arts of Northern Kenya and Lamu and
basketry and jewellery from the East African coast . He worked closely with other pioneer art organizations in Mombasa such as Bombolulu and Mombasa Home Industries. In l976, he opened the first major art gallery in the Mombasa city centre where he exhibited works by East African artists and craftsmen. He also redesigned the Lawford’s Hotel in Malindi in Swahili style.

In the l980’s, Sanaa relocated his studio and workshops to Nairobi. He founded a brass workshop where he created and produced brass lamps, traditional coffee pots and other brass ware including the unique lampstands in the Nairobi Serena hotel lobby. He held several exhibitions at African Heritage Gallery in Nairobi, at the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya National Archives.

Sanaa then trained as a gold and silver jewellery designer in Florence, Italy after which he worked within the art and jewellery trade in London for 6 years. He held a major solo exhibition of both jewellery and paintings at the African Centre in London to celebrate Uganda’s liberation in 1986 .

In 1989 Sanaa returned to Uganda where he founded Kwetu Afrika Art and Development Centre based in Lubowa, Kampala, Uganda to research, innovate, and create using easily available materials, as a way of using art to fight poverty. One of his unique contributions was the innovation of recycling paper into beads which he started in 1990 at his Kwetu Africa Studio and which has spread throughout East African communities providing a livelihood to many jobless , especially women and youth. His Centre exports many products made of hand made paper beads employing dozens of skilled women workers full time and many others on a part time basis. Thus he is often called “The Bead King”.

Alliance Francaise supported his exhibitions in Kampala 2000, Kigali 2004, Nairobi 2012, and Eindhoven in the Netherlands. His work featured in “Design in Africa”, an African artist’s and designer’s exhibition that travelled through Europe, American and Asia from 2008 to 2010. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he held major exhibitions at Baraka Gallery in Lamu, as well as exhibitions at Diani Beach Art Gallery.

Other recent exhibitions:
Museum of Art and Design in New York 2010/11.

Recent Commissions:
Saatchi and Saatchi Kampala, Pulse Advertising Agency Kampala, Java Coffee House,

November 29, 2013 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Kenya Burning, Until Jan. 31 2013 @ Nairobi Gallery

The Kenya Burning Exhibition is ongoing at the Nairobi Gallery near Nyayo House for the next three months from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Saturday. Entry is Free.

Kenya Burning books are on sale at the venue for Ksh. 1875 each.

November 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm 2 comments

Invitation to participate in Kenya visual artists networking exhibition, May 22- Jul. 22 2012 @ Nairobi Gallery

The Non State Actors Support Programme (NSA – NET) is a democratic governance capacity building programme which seeks to enhance the role of civil society and cultural actors in the development process. The Programme is implemented by the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs with financing from the European Union through the 9th European Development Fund (9th EDF).

NSA – NET in collaboration with the National Museum of Kenya [NMK] and in consultation with visual artists have organised an exhibition dubbed “Power of unity: creating a vital voice for artists to influence good governance” The main objective of this initiative is to enable the artists to create a platform / forum in which they can continuously use to articulate issues affecting them as a discipline. The exhibition will serve three purposes, namely:

1. To provide an opportunity for artists to show case their work, specifically reflecting their interpretation of the networking/unity theme;
2. To provide an opportunity for visual artist to discuss and endorse the formation of a visual artists network; and
3. To officially launch the visual artists network.

The exhibition is open to all visual artists and is scheduled to take place at The Nairobi Gallery, National Museums of Kenya starting 22nd May 2012 and run up to the 22nd July 2012.

All participating artists are expected to fulfil the following eligibility criteria to participate in the networking exhibition:

• The artist must be 25 years of age and above;
• He / she must be a practicing artist and has participated in at least 5 exhibitions locally and internationally;
• Every artist will be required to submit one piece of artwork whose specifications are 100cm by 100cm for the largest piece, and 25cm by 25cm (quarter of the same) for the smallest;
• The artwork should address either of the three good governance themes, namely: promotion of public participation, promotion of peaceful co-existence and promotion of effective service delivery;
• The artwork should be delivered to the Nairobi gallery ready for hanging latest on 23rd or 24th April 2012 not earlier or later;
• The artist will be required to surrender to the gallery, 30% as commission from the proceeds of their sales during the exhibition period; and
• All the unsold artwork at the end of the exhibition should be collected by the 24th July 2012. The uncollected artwork within the designated time will be considered a donation to the Museum.

Click this link to download artist-questionnaire (pdf), which should be duly completed and submitted to The Nairobi Gallery (old PC office), National Museums of Kenya, clearly marked visual artist exhibition by 5th April 2012.

All enquires on the exhibition should be directed to Lydia G. Galavu, email: or Scholastica Kimanga, email: with a copy to

Find more information on their blog about the project and artists database:

April 4, 2012 at 10:50 am 1 comment

Exhibition: Kanga Stories, Jul. 13-Nov. 31 2011 @ Nairobi Gallery

The kanga exhibition has been extended till end of November, thanks their partners.

New Exhibition Dates: July 13-November 31, 2011
Venue: Nairobi Gallery
Location: Next to Nyayo House
Time: 9am-6pm Daily
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Kanga stories, the cloth that reveals is an exhibition on the kanga cloth, an essential aspect of the Kenya’s cultural heritage. The Kanga is an effective way to chronicle history and convey both literal and social cultural messages which sets it apart from other cloths used by our communities.

Discover the Colourful dynamic world of the kanga!

September 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Kanga Stories, Jul. 13-Aug. 31 2011 @ Nairobi Gallery

Exhibition Opening: July 13, 2011
Venue: Nairobi Gallery
Location: Next to Nyayo House
Time: 6pm

Exhibition Dates: July 13-August 31, 2011
Time: 9am-6pm Daily
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Kanga stories, the cloth that reveals is an exhibition on the kanga cloth, an essential aspect of the Kenya’s cultural heritage. The Kanga is an effective way to chronicle history and convey both literal and social cultural messages which sets it apart from other cloths used by our communities.

Discover the Colourful dynamic world of the kanga!

July 12, 2011 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Cloth & Art, Mar. 30-Apr. 30 2011 @ Nairobi Gallery

Dates: March 30-April 30, 2011
Venue: The Nairobi Gallery, Next to Nyayo House
Time: 9am-6pm
Tickets: Museum Rates Apply

For more info
Contact the curator on email: or tel. 020 2216566

April 4, 2011 at 8:28 am 2 comments

Photo Exhibition: Mwangalio Tofauti, Sept. 10-Dec. 12 2010 @ Nairobi Gallery

Opening September 10, 2010 at 8pm
Venue: Nairobi Gallery next to Nyayo House
Dates: September 11-December 12, 2010
Time: 9.00am-6.00pm
Entry: Museum rates apply

Nine photographic perspectives from Kenya exhibition will be opened on the 10th of September 2010, 8.00pm at the Nairobi Gallery next to Nyayo House and will run daily from 9am to 6pm until the 12th December 2010.

Photography is one of the most fascinating and important media used by international artists. Some of the best known African artists work with photography. In Kenya, photography as a medium has been important, but rather as press, fashion and advertisement photography and studio photography. Photography as a medium has been rarely used by Kenyan artists. This exhibition brings together Kenyan photographers and artists who navigate between art and documentary photography. Among them are: Antony Kaminju, Barbara Minishi, Boniface Mwangi, Jakub Barua, James Muriuki, Jim Chuchu, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, Sam Hopkins, Wambui Mwangi.
The show is displayed in an unconventional and powerful way of photography exhibition: as projected images.
The opening will be marked with a DJ-set by Just A Band. In cooperation with the National Museums of Kenya

September 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Kenya Burning exhibit, Mar 17th – May 20th 2009 @ Nairobi Gallery

On Monday, March 16 March 17th, The GoDown will open the Kenya Burning exhibition at the Nairobi Gallery in Nairobi Central Business District (it’s the former PC’s office, next to Nyayo House on Kenyatta Avenue). This is a golden opportunity for those who missed the display at the KICC earlier this month. The exhibition will run until May 2009. The Gallery opens from 0930 – 1730 from Monday to Sunday.

To know more about the Kenya Burning project, log onto our website

Read a review of Kenya Burning on the Daily Nation

March 13, 2009 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

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