Affordable Art Show Returns to Nairobi

By Iminza Keboge
Published October 26, 2017

The organisers of the event known as The Affordable Art Show say the price of any one art work does not exceed Sh100000(US$1000) and that all Proceeds from the sales shall support projects of NMK. Art lovers in Kenya have the chance to purchase paintings, sculpture, photography or mixed media during an annual fund-raising art show in Nairobi.

Touted as being the largest juried art show in East Africa, this annual art auction organised by Kenya Museum Society for the benefit of National Museums of Kenya takes place at Nairobi National Museum November 3-5, 2017.

The organisers of the event known as The Affordable Art Show say the price of any one art work does not exceed Sh100000(US$1000) and that all proceeds from the sales shall support projects of NMK.

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Rosemary Namuli Karuga, a collagist, sculptor and retired art teacher whose signature technique is sticking old newspaper and magazine cuttings together to create captivating art.Targeted at raising money, the event opens with a party on Friday evening at which everyone, including artists, is expected to pay a Sh500 (US$5) gate fee. However no entry fee shall be charged on Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition and sales proper that shall be held in the courtyard of NNM between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on each day.

NNM has also begun a project through which it hopes to popularise contemporary art by focusing on a different artist every month. NMK says the work it shall display for promotion shall be from its permanent art collection.

“Each month, on a dedicated display board we shall feature one artist from the National Museums of Kenya’s permanent art collection at Nairobi National Museum,” a LolaKenyaScreen.Org article quotes NNK as having said.

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First to go on display on October 20, 2017 is the work of Rosemary Namuli Karuga, a collagist, sculptor and retired art teacher whose signature technique is sticking old newspaper and magazine cuttings together to create captivating art.

Giving Water, an art work by art teacher, collagist and sculptor Rosemary Karuga, is on display at Nairobi National Museum October 20-November 15, 2017.Perhaps you should visit the exhibition before it winds up on November 15, 2017 to find out why Karuga’s work is found in the collections of NMK, Kenya National Archives (KNA) as well as individuals.

Meanwhile, the 102nd Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) returns to Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on November 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM.

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Presented by ComMattersKenya consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, LKSff is Nairobi’s premier critical movie platform that screens and critiques movies, encourages filmmakers and explores ways of integrating motion pictures in eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic activities in order to come up with a sustainable movie industry. It is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.