Art has always been perceived by many non-artists as that 'other' activity, those weird people, that strange and different thing that people do. But this last week of March will be a great time for the exhibiting artists at the KICC Mini Gallery in Nairobi. The Kenyatta International Convention Centre has once again, opened its doors to young artists to showcase art and crafts at the open space on the ground floor of the iconic building. This is part of the Kenya Kwanza administration’s agenda to promote jobs and opportunities for youth and supporting ‘hustlers’.
Karakana Initiative, with the support of the KICC as the exhibition venue and the artists collective Sanaa Art Universe, has put together this art exhibition. The show opened on Monday and will run till Saturday 1st April. The show is open daily from 10:00 am till 6:00pm and all the art and crafts on display are up for sale. In this exhibition, we have 20 exhibiting artists taking part with paintings, drawings, pastel art, mixed media, fashion and clothing items as well as crafts and jewellery.
Addressing attendees at the opening night of the exhibition, the acting KICC CEO Miss Patricia Ondeng stated that the Corporation is set out to support young artists and creatives, as KICC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. She went ahead to affirm that the KICC is keen on art, creatives and the youth, encouraging them to be part of the unique activities lined up to commemorate 50 years of this iconic facility.
Karakana and Sanaa Art Universe has brought together a team of 20 artists. Artists taking part in this exhibition are Allan Akumba, Ashna Kamande, Billy Jordan, Bruce Otieno, Catherine Gathiga, Frank Murrat, Gloriah Mwangangi, Kaspa Kasambeko, Kens Bravo (Etched Glass), Kevin Wamae, Marius Frank, Agnes Atieno, Virginia Wayua, ‘Pekena’ Wanjiku and Kamau wa Njoroge, Timothy Maina and Kraft Konnect, a crafts art group from Dandora.
Working together with like-minded partners and artists, it is our objective as Karakana to continue with our efforts to mainstream art, make diverse art experiences to be part of our everyday lives at home, at work and at events of all kinds.