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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

A Conversation with Wambui Kamiru on the Harambee 63 Art installation, Sept. 19 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Harambee 63 Talk
Date: Thursday, 19th September from 2pm
Venue: Kuona Trust
Entry: Free

Get to interact with the artist and share your thoughts on our history as Africans as we reflect on the events that took place 50 years before 1963.

Agenda: Looking at various faces of Panafricanism, from Gandhi to Mugabe, Miriam Makeba to Samora Machel.

Open to all.

September 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Harambee 63 by Wambui Kamiru, Sept. 5-20 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Harambee63
Opening: Thursday, 5th September from 6pm.
Venue: Kuona Trust

Exhibition Dates: September 6-20, 2013

Harambee63 is an experimental Installation about African Revolutions and Ordinary People

The project calls into question ideas we hold about our individual roles and capacities in times where bravery and action is required.

The installation looks at the duality, terrorist vs. hero, of people whom we consider revolutionaries touching on Africa’s history (1884 – 1963) from Gandhi and Gaddafi to modern day “heroes” in Kenya – political or non-political.

The exhibition is mildly interactive and incorporates gumboots and video.

Follow #Harambee63 on Twitter and like Harambee63 on Facebook for the online discussion

September 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm 1 comment


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