Recap of the Film4Peace screening held at Kuona Trust

Peace is a factor that is often taken for granted especially in countries that have not experienced any form of violence or civil unrest. Well,we as the Kuona Trust family took time to promote and celebrate peace. On the 21st of September,World peace day,we collaborated with PUMA in screening a film that featured the works of 21 contemporary artists interpreting their understanding of peace.This was part of  an annual global initiative that aims at promoting peace all over the world. Based on the same theme Peterson Kamwathi also showcased works from his recent studies in the Kuona Trust  gallery.

As you catch a glimpse of the happenings of the event,think of what part you can play in promoting peace in your country.

Beatrice Wanjiku and Gakunju Kaigwa viewing some of the works by Peterson Kamwathi in the Kuona Trust gallery


The audience at the Film4Peace event held at Kuona Trust on World Peace day


Kuona Trust invites you to an Exhibition,’Seats of Power’ by William Wambugu on the 28th of September 2012

Kuona trust in collaboration with Roots Contemporary invites you to the ‘SEATS OF POWER’ exhibition by William Wambugu on the 28th of September 2012.

In a time where the attention is focused on the forth coming  election, with inequality and scrabbling for power, William  uses  the nostalgic memories of his childhood to express the changes he experiences in the “New Kenya”. He carefully draws each of the items not to be forgotten by future generations. The representation is delicate and simple and at the same time, it has strength and great creativity.

Exhibition Opens: Friday 28th August and runs until Friday the 12th of October 2012.


Seats of Power Exhibition by William Wambugu at Kuona Trust

Ongoing registration:The 2012 Creative Economy Conference

The 2012 Creative Economy Conference

Dates : November 14 -16 2012

Venue : Dakar, Senegal


The 2012 Creative Economy conference is a rare opportunity that will mark the coming together of powerful debate from across the continent, live and rich provocation from pioneering international practitioners and thinkers, and the unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions from 40 African countries to shape dialogue and a shared experience.

Its main objective is to assess and share research done to date on the African creative economy in order to inform advocacy strategies in support of the African creative sector,It offers to researchers, artists, civil society, donors and cultural workers from Africa the opportunity to network, get practical analysis and reflection of the African creative economy from an African perspectives and realities.

For more information visit the arterial network website:


Opportunity for curators, Art historians, and Arts writers

Residency Unlimited Co-sponsored Visual AIDS Residency

February / March 2013

A one-month residency, to take place in February or March of 2012, in New York City for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited, the curatorial residency seeks to encourage the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art.

Residency Unlimited will provide the curator with customized administrative and network support, shared office space at 360 Court Street in Brooklyn and a venue for a public program (lecture/screening/discussion) defined in conjunction with RU and Visual AIDS. Concurrently, the resident curator will conduct research in Visual AIDS’ Archive Project. The Visual AIDS office is located in the Chelsea art district in New York City. With over 17,000 images by 442 artists, the Archive Projects hold works from artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have passed away. Studio visits with artists from the Archive Project are encouraged. The resident curator is invited to create an online exhibition to be hosted by Visual AIDS (see Visual AIDS monthly Web Galleries

The resident curator will be invited to produce a free, public event co-hosted by RU and Visual AIDS. Panel discussions, film screenings, performances, or a lecture illuminating the curator’s use of the Archive Project or a presentation of international cultural production around HIV/AIDS are examples of potential programs.

The residency includes a $3,000 budget for housing, living expenses, and round-trip transportation to New York.

Please submit a C.V. and a Statement of Purpose (maximum 2 page) outlining your goals for the residency, any past or current projects that have led you to cultural investigations around HIV/AIDS. Special consideration will be given to applicants living outside of NYC from locations without support for cultural production about AIDS, LGBT, and gender issues.

Applications are due Monday October 22 2012. Applicants will be notified by November 23, 2012.

The one-month residency must take place between February 1 and March 31, 2013

Send application or inquiries to

New exhibition at Le Rustique: Ephrem Solomon, Ethiopia from 15th Sept-17th Oct

Art2be and Le Rustique are very pleased to announce the first solo show in Kenya of Ethiopian artist Ephrem Solomon



Born in Addis Ababa in 1985 and specialized in traditional print making, Ephrem graduated from Entoto Art school in 2009.

Common to the various types of work he engages in, is a deep commitment to the traditions of descriptive painting. He likes to focus on subject matter
that defines our time: our living conditions and the cultural environment that surrounds him.

The first group of work in this exhibition includes religious themes or stories from the Bible or from the *Kebre* *Negist*, an addendum to the Bible used in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The second group is made of woodcut depicting chairs which are put together as if they were
interacting socially and conveying a social and political meaning. There are two readings one of peacefulness and the other a reflection on absolute power. Chairs to sit on and chairs to reign from.

In a world where newness has become a value in and for itself, we are
moved by these works that provide alternative readings and provoke questions on representation,
history and memory. Ultimately, they go back to a very strong tradition while embodying something that is currently relevant.

Exhibition Dates: 15th September – 17th October 2012

Kuona Trust invites you to a screening for the Film4Peace Project on 21st September,World peace day

Films4peace screening at Kuona Trust

For World Peace day Kuona Trust invites in collaboration with Puma invite you to a screening for the 2012 Film4Peace Project featuring 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace through animation and film.

In honour of the project, Kuona presents a one night showing of studies by Peterson Kamwathi-one of the artists in this years film feature.

Screening opens at 7pm on the 21st of September 2012.



Finally,an artist friendly bank

To be honest,finding the right bank could prove to be difficult and the idea of personalized banking is still new to most of us.While the dynamics of banking are not so complex,one  finds relief in knowing that they can always have someone ready to give them free advise on how to manage your finances.

Chase bank came in last week and had an interactive session with artists and staff of Kuona Trusts.They outlined the customized services they offer not only to the general public but to the artists as well. At the top of the list were issues on insuring  artwork,managing a savings account without a steady flow of income, accessing loans and even giving artwork as security for loans! Further more they offer the best exchange rates in town for those who have clients from oversees.

This is definitely a bank you might want to check it out.

We would be happy to connect any one who is interested in accessing advice on their finances to the right relationship officer.Here is a glimpse of how the session was..

Jeniffer Kiungu,Senior Relationships officer at Chase Bank with her team during a mentoring session at Kuona Trust

Kuona Trust artists during the Chase bank mentoring session