#ArtNews: Pop-up art gallery features rising Kenyan talent

dusitd2 art gallery

Nairobi’s arts and culture line-up is not to be missed. It’s diverse and dynamic, and as a result is attracting new audiences and stimulating growth opportunities in the arts and cultural sectors.

More Kenyans are taking part in arts and cultural events, and this weekend presents another opportunity for art lovers to experience some of the works of established Kenyan artists and rising stars that collectors should look out for.

Spearheaded by Charles Murito, Country Manager of Google Kenya, a pop-up art gallery will be taking over the DEN at dusitD2 Nairobi, on Saturday, 5th of Dec 2015 from 12:00pm – 5:30pm.

The Art Shows first started in December 2014 at Murito’s home with only two artists showing their work to a few of his friends with the aim of giving a platform to Kenyan artists and also to engage new audiences whom are buying art for the very first time.

Murito’s Art Shows are driven by 3 principles:
1. Artists engage directly with buyers and start owning the relationship with their customers directly;
2. Take control of their craft and livelihoods;
3. The established artists mentor young up-and-coming artists in order to nurture a culture that appreciates art.

Since both Murito and the venue host the pop-up gallery together pro bono, artists are able to sell their work at more affordable rates and spurs art-buying to people who may have always thought that this was out of their reach.  Since it’s intimate beginnings, the pop-up gallery has grown strength-to-strength, with this weekend’s edition showing works from 10 artists.

The artwork of Kenya’s top artists, including Adrian Nduma, Leena Shah, Patrick Mukabi and Patrick Kinuthia will be on display. The works of rising artists including Teddy Mwae, Nduta Kariuki and Mary Ogembo will also be on display. Young artists such as Malli Soi and Rani Shah will be showcasing some of their works as well. The engaging pop-up gallery will also be introducing children to the world of art and painting through tutorials by Patrick Mukabi.

Murito hopes to grow the Art Show into a monthly affair with the next edition scheduled for the last Saturday of January 2016. Entry to the pop-up art gallery is free to the public.

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