The GoDown Arts Centre A large, renovated warehouse is the setting for the GoDown Arts Centre, which aims not only to promote but also to nurture artistic talent across various art forms. Accommodated within the centre are a studio, an exhibition gallery and discussion rooms, all aimed at getting the best out of Kenyan artists. One of the most captivating exhibitions at GoDown is the ‘Kenya Burning’ series, featuring photographs of the 2007 election results and resulting civil war. Aside from visual art, music bands of all kinds (as long as there is a minimum of five people) can play at the GoDown Gig, which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. Visit: 12 Dunga Road, Nairobi Online: thegodownartscentre.com
WORKSHOP With resident artist Patrick Mukabi
Diani Beach Art Gallery If you find yourself in Diani, be sure not to miss the Diani Beach Art Gallery, the first contemporary art gallery in the Kenyan coastal region. It is light, airy and spacious, but not short on paintings and sculptures by artists from across Africa. The welcoming space plays host to art classes and meetings as well, making it the go-to place for contemporary art on Kenya’s coast. As well as admiring the beautiful gallery, you can take part in a workshop to discover and nurture your own talents. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next big artist featured in the gallery!
DIANI BEACH Guitar by Patrick Mulondo (Pictures courtesy of Diani Beach Art Gallery)
Visit: Diani Beach Shopping Centre Online: facebook.com/diani.art.gallery
(Picture courtesy of Fred Abuga c/o Diani Beach Art Gallery)
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