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National Museums Launches Artist-in-Focus Project

Giving Water, a Rosemary Karuga collage done by sticking old newspaper and magazine cuttings together is on display at Nairobi National Museum

By Khalifa Hemed Published October 23, 2017 National Museums of Kenya (NMK) launched a project through which it will display and promote the work of artists in its permanent art collection. “Each month, on a dedicated display board we shall feature one artist from the National Museums of Kenya permanent art collection at Nairobi National Museum,” NMK says in a statement to the media. The initiative has kicked off in October 2017 with the work of Rosemary Namuli Karuga who NMK describes as “a renowned sculptor and collagist.” On show is ‘Giving Water’, a large collage done in the Rosemary Karuga signature technique of sticking old newspaper and magazine cuttings together and a rare clay sculpture of a hen and chicks. RELATED:Nairobi Feasts on Nigerian Arts and Lifestyle Rosemary Namuli Karuga, the museum says, was born in Meru in 1928 of a Ugandan father and Kenyan mother and had her early education in both Uganda and Kenya before studying in the Faculty of Fine Art of Makerere University in Kampala between 1950 and 1952. She is reported to have taught art for about 40 years before she retired and became a full time artist. NMK says Magdalene Odundo, a world-famous ceramist recently appointed Chancellor of the University of Creative Arts in Farnham in Britain, once studied under Karuga. RELATED:Pay TV Company Marks 20 Years With Investment in Local Productions “As a full time artist Karuga exhibited around the world alongside famed African artists such as El Anatsui, Bruce Onabrekpeya and Ablade Glover,” NMK says. In 2006 Karuga became the first ever East African woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, which is an accolade presented to Africans in Ireland for their achievements and contributions to Irish society. RELATED:Africa Requires Technology-Based Education System Karuga’s work is found in the collections of …

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Nairobi Holds Children’s Art Appreciation and Afro-Electronic Music Shows

nairobi museum's amazing art

By Iminza Keboge Published August 27, 2017 An afro-electronic French-Ghanaian duo is set to perform at Nairobi’s Alliance Francaise (AF) at the end of August. Preceding the duo that comprises DJ BBRAVE and music producer GAFACCI on August 30, 2017 in the central business district of Nairobi shall be a collection of Kenyan DJs who shall be expected to give music lovers a taste of their versatile creativity and performance skills. The Showcase Wednesday event, AF says, provides a small intimate setting for singers, musicians, music and poetry collaborations to get exposure and build audiences. RELATED:Nairobi National Museum Displays ‘Most Amazing Art’ Meanwhile, the Kenya Museum Society (KMS) is inviting artists to submit their work to its annual fund-raising event scheduled for October 27-29, 2017. Describing the event as ‘the largest juried art show in East Africa,’ KMS, that supports the National Museums of Kenya, requests members of the public who know any artist who would be interested in the event to apply for consideration. Such artists are requested to send their name, phone and email contacts and stating the type of work they would like to submit (painting, sculpture, photography or mixed media) to info@kenyamuseumsociety.org for consideration. RELATED:Here is How to Get Value Out of the Arts The three-day KMS Affordable Art Show shall be held at Nairobi National Museum between Friday and Sunday. While the opening party on Friday evening is expected to give art lovers the chance to view and buy art while enjoying drinks and music and attracts a Sh500 entry fee, Saturday and Sunday are set aside exclusively for viewing, appreciating and buying art from morning to evening. There is no gate charge and KMS says it shall even have a children’s art appreciation event. All proceeds from the event, KMS says, will be used …

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Birds and Conservation Fascinate Youth

nairobi botanic garden tour by kenyan sharon mwangi and rwandan celine mutoni

By Sharon Mwangi, 13, Mombasa, Kenya I learnt lots of things from the guided tour of Nairobi National Museum during the 9th Lola Kenya Screen festival in Nairobi. Lola Kenya Screen had organised the tour with the National Museums of Kenya as part of our training in cinematography that was beginning the following day. We were to be educated on cultural heritage, get inspired and bond with one another ahead of the five-day training as we were from five different countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi. Nigeria. RELATED: Passionate Burundian Trains in Cinematography at 9th Lola Kenya Screen I saw the Hall of Kenya, the Great Wall of Mammals, bird and art galleries, and was introduced to the evolution of human beings. I learnt that there are 1 300 species of birds in eastern Africa and that 1 050 of them are in Kenya. I learnt that Nairobi National Museum was closed from 2005 to 2008 to allow for renovation and expansion of her galleries. I was fascinated to learn that the heaviest flying bird is called Kori Bustard and that the White Pelican eats fish. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen Brings My Professional Journalist’s Dream Nearer Later on, after having toured all the galleries, we went to the Nairobi Botanic Garden within the museum. The garden is a beautiful place but there is some pollution which requires cleaning up, especially the water mass that flows outside the walls of the museum but emits a bad smell into the garden. This impressed on me the need for environmental conservation that had been stressed to us during the Room for Giants: Art for Change exhibition in the Creativity Gallery of the museum. At that art gallery, I had learnt that some animals like the white rhino, the elephant, the giraffe, and …

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