THE UWEZA ART GALLERY Located at Kamukunji grounds in Kibera, Uweza provides advanced art students from art classes as well as other Kibera-based artists with a space to create, market and sell their own original artwork. The youth that have graduated from the art classes to the gallery are encouraged to consider art as a viable career option and to explore different techniques, genres and mediums as they find their own artistic styles. Artwork created at the gallery is sold both locally and abroad and the proceeds are used to fund the artists’ high school education or act as a source of income for older artists living in Kibera. All participating artists that are high school age are currently enrolled in high schools throughout Kenya, fully supported by the sales of their art. M2 ART-CENTRE The centre was was founded in 2001 by Otieno Gomba and Otieno Kota. The pair began by selling novel hand-painted signs along Kibera drive, before acquiring a permanent site in 2003. This became the M2 Art-centre, serving as a studio cum gallery and a juncture for many creatives and artists in the area. The M2 Art-centre was a pioneering visual art space in Kibera initiating opportunities for participation, collaboration, teaching and socialization as well as providing a space to work. M2 has also ventured into community outreach projects, conceptual work, fashion, film, mixed media, music, photography and sculpture. The artists and their work traverse local, national and global art worlds. THE UWEZA ART GALLERY M2 ART-CENTRE 30 africanphotomagazine ISSUE 7 NOVEMBER 2017 31
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