Nairobi is the place to be for art lovers this November as the Kenya Art Fair 2015 returns to the Sarit Centre from 13th -15th November having firmly established itself as the premiere event for the contemporary visual arts. Organized by the region’s leading visual art centre Kuona Trust with partners Text Book Centre and Sarit Centre, the fair aims to nurture, appreciate and recognize excellence in the contemporary arts.
The Kenya Art Fair 2015 will feature rarely seen masterworks of paintings, original prints, drawings, digital media, installation work, sculptures as well as interactive talks about all things art. There will also be a mélange of work produced by the different exhibitors stemming from art galleries, art centers, individual master artists and institutions. This year galleries from the region have been invited to take part in the fair. The fair accommodates approximately 48 galleries, art spaces, art institutions and individual professional artists ensuring quality and excellence while providing opportunities for sales and networking.
With over 7000 visitors attending its debut, the fair is undoubtedly the region’s most impactful visual arts platform, playing a key role in reinforcing Kenya’s contribution to the global art scene.
The 2015 edition will push the possibility of creativity and technology by including a Digital Art Competition in partnership with the iHub. The competition aims to introduce, emphasize and advance the unique qualities of digital art designs and concepts. It also aims to attract the attention of digital design distributors and buyers to the winners. These awards will be presented during the opening night of the fair. The work submitted by the winners will be showcased at the fair including a digital art installation to engage the public about this genre of the visual arts.
The ‘Art Talk’ is a vital part of the educational segment of the fair that provides a full schedule of conversations , presentations and debates on a range of topics focused on all thing Art in the contemporary scene. Admission to all programs will be free and will take place in the Seminar room of the Sarit Centre, lasting approximately 1-2 hours per session.
The Wasanii Exhibition is an exciting curated space which showcases established and emerging artists as well as curated art projects that have no representation from gallery or art spaces. This particular space is organized by Kuona Trust, Centre for Visual Arts. This year at least 150 art pieces will be showcased ranging from paintings, prints, sculpture, installations and much more.
The Kenya Art Fair 2015 is indeed an opportunity to share Kenya’s leading art with the world while fostering a supportive arts culture. Given the inclusion of Digital Art this year, it is apparent that the fair is taking steps to ensure a more inclusive, well-rounded art fair to be enjoyed by all.