Why an art gallery?
There is a distinct lack of opportunities for creative expression or development of artistic talent in most Kenyan schools, and opportunities to participate in art for Kibera children and youth are extremely limited, despite a plethora of artistic talent. Many young artists, due to lack of access to materials, are limited in how far they can pursue an interest or talent in the arts.
The Uweza Art Gallery opened in 2013 to provide art students and young artists with a safe space and materials to explore their own creative expression and develop artistic skills. For older artists who are creating their own, original artwork, the gallery provides free materials, exposure, and access to markets so that artists are able to pursue art as a genuine career path.
History of the gallery:
The Uweza Art Program first started in 2011 in one room at the Uweza Community Center. Shortly after initiating the classes, we were amazed by the obvious inherent artistic talent emanating from the young artists and decided to start selling their work online. We officially opened the Uweza Art Gallery in one room of a shipping container in 2013, where the gallery was located for the next six years.