Kuona artist Cyrus Kabiru selected as one of this year’s TED fellows

TED Blog

Packed house, check. Excited buzz, check. It’s time for TED2013 Fellows talks!

Session 1
Tunde Jegede, composer
Nigerian-British composer and musician Tunde Jegede opens the session with his kora, the West African 21-string bridge harp. Sitting curled around the instrument, his fingers deftly pluck the strings, making a sound like rain dancing on water.

Ryan Holladay, musical artist
Ryan Holladay uses technology to dream up new ways to interact with and experience music in everyday life. Using location-aware mobile apps, he and his brother Hays augment landscapes with music, creating compositions that unfold as listeners move around in space. In a piece created for the National Mall in Washington, DC, people traverse the park with headphones on as a musical score unfolds, creating a journey of sound based on their own chosen trajectory — a choose-our-own-adventure aural experience that includes the sounds of instruments warming up, violins and a choir…

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In honour of a great cause

Kuona trust  exhibition-Peace through service

This is a fundraising exhibition by the Kuona trust Centre for Visual arts and Rotary Club of Nairobi East in support of various charities- The Thika School for the blind, Korogocho Community Centre,Makindu Girls Centre & Kajiado Maasai Water project.

Come and buy yourself an original piece of art from some of the biggest names in the art industry in support of this great course.

Official Opening : Thursday 21st February 2013 at 6pm

 The exhibition runs until 26th February 2013

Interact with one of Kenya’s premier film producers

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Inset: Ruby, A kenyan Producer/Director
After learning that Brand Kenya would have an exhibition center during the Olympics, Ruby undertook a project to showcase to both tourists and investors aspects of our country which many people are not familiar with.
She also wanted  members of the Kenyan Diaspora to get a glimpse of how far we have come, particularly in the last 10 years.
The clip was shown at  Kenya House in London and has since been uploaded onto YouTube having about 8,000 views in just 5 days.Click here to view.
Come interact with the artist and learn more about her work and experiences.
Presentation date: Thursday, 14th February at Kuona Trust from 2pm.

Jan van Esch’s second Solo exhibition in Nairobi

 

 

ArtNairobi and Le Rustique have the pleasure to invite you to Jan van Esch second solo exhibition in Nairobi.

 

Opening 15th of Feb 6-9pm at Le Rustique Restaurant

Chalk-and-wood-Poster

 

Chalk and Wood

“In 2011 I had a blackboard in my house to draw a daily picture or write down a thought. Some days I worked out an idea in more details, and then one day I would wipe it all out. After weeks the blackboard got covered with more or less permanent wipes and stripes and I got more and more fascinated by these marks left, and started to experiment on the board by using dry or wet cloths to wipe out the chalk. What was left looked like 3-d drawings, with lines going in and out of each other, with more or less white left, leaving hints of text and old drawings in between the streaks”

                                         In conversation with Jan van Esch, January 2013

 

Jan is an artist and part time manager of Nafasi Art Space, a contemporary art project in Tanzania. It took several countries and – Netherlands, Russia, USA, Nigeria and currently Tanzania – and different educational angles – Theatre school, Anthropology and Public Health – before choosing settling as an artist. He received training from Andrei Volkov in Moscow, a member of an old painter’s family, and is further mostly self-trained. He has shown his work in solo and groups exhibitions in Tanzania and Kenya over the last years.

Life Drawing Workshop by Ermias Ekube

Life drawing classes are back! They will be running on alternate Saturdays, starting this Saturday 9th February from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.During these workshops one learns the basics of sketching portraits using pencil and charcoal from one of the best instructors.

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Participants during a previous life drawing workshop with their instructor Ermias Ekube.

Opening night -VIONGOZI exhibition

The much anticipated exhibition ‘VIONGOZI’ by artist Brian Omolo was officially opened last evening, Thursday 31st January 2013.As expected it drew an eager and  vibrant crowd who showed  up to  support the artist and look at his work which was quite different from the more traditional forms of art.Being a digital artist,Brian has used his wit in creating portraits of our leaders which are slightly animated to enable us look at them in a different way on a lighter note perhaps.

Some guests viewing art work in the gallery.

Some guests viewing art work in the gallery.

He was able to address questions about his work and his views on the current political situation in the country. An array of branded cups and T shirts are also on sale bearing   the portraits of some of you favorite political leaders. Come down and get yourself a souvenir at a very discounted price .

You will have a chance to  engage more with the artist next week Wednesday during his presentstion -don’t miss out on that!!

The exhibition runs from the 31st of January to the 14th of February 2013

Brian Omolo

Brian Omolo

some of the merchandise material on sale

some of the merchandise material on sale