By Ogova Ondego
Published October 10, 2013
An art exhibition dubbed The Affordable Art Show is set to run at Nairobi National Museum (NNM) October 25-27, 2013.
Organised and presented by Kenya Museum Society (KMS) with the participation of 158 artists and 300 pieces of art, KMS says every art work shall be on sale for less than Sh100 000; several pieces shall go for Sh10,000. The 560-member KMS says all proceeds from the sales shall benefit the Permanent Art Collection at NNM.
The show is expected to kick off at 6.00PM on Friday, October 25, 2013 with an opening party in the Atrium behind the Louis Leakey Auditorium of NNM; the organisers say it will end at 9.00PM. The entry fee is Sh500 (for Friday only). It will cover a drink, snacks and entertainment. The sale will continue on Saturday and Sunday, running 10.00AM-4.00PM on each day and there will be no gate fee.
KMS was formed in 1970 to support NMK through fundraising and awareness. Among the activities through which KMS fundraises are art shows, Know Kenya course, Weekend outings, Day outings, and Evening film shows and lectures.
Some of the projects at NNM that have recently befitted from KMS are Louis Leakey Auditorium (remodeled in 2009), new shelving for the Casting Department (2010-2011-), Fifty year anniversary exhibition of Edward Njenga’s 50 years of ceramic art (sponsored in 2013) and a new exhibition of the Joy Adamson Collection that is set for opening later in 2013.
Meanwhile an art show titled Souls of Nature, opened at Kuona Trust in Nairobi on October 3, 2013 and ends 10 days later.
A collection of artwork by George Omesa that mirrors the daily life of women in contemporary society, the artist puts emphasis on the strengths, desires, hopes and fears of the so-called fair gender.