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The African Arts Trust
"The African Arts Trust will act as a catalyst for the emergence and growth of locally managed and sustainable contemporary art organisations in Africa"


ANIDAN Arts & Crafts centre, Lamu Kenya

ANIDAN Kenya is an NGO and children's shelter on the island of Lamu that caters to the needs of over 250 of Lamu counties most vulnerable children.

In 2014 a dedicated art centre was built to address the creative requirements of a child's development.  Local artists and artisans run regular workshops at the centre and an artist in residency exchange was set up to bring practicing Kenyan artists to Lamu and teach the children, expand networks and to work on their own practice.

4th Asiko International Art Programme, “A History of Contemporary Art in Dakar in 5 Weeks”

Asiko, is an international alternative art education programme using the format of part art laboratory, part residency and part informal art academy, which over the course of 35 intensive days under the title “The History of Contemporary Art in Senegal in 5 weeks” focused partially on technique and primarily on methodology, critical thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas.  

Started in 2010, the programme was held twice in Lagos, Nigeria wih the commitment to engage the rest of the continent, share knowledge and skills.

They adopted an itinerant model based somewhat loosely on the Manifesta European biennale. This decision included taking the programme to another Anglophone country which was Ghana in 2013, a Francophone country, Dakar, Senegal in 2014 and there are plans to take it to a Lusophone country Maputo, Mozambique in 2015.

First Floor Gallery Harare in Zimbabwe

First Floor Gallery Harare is Zimbabwe’s first international, independent, emerging contemporary artist led gallery.

The gallery was launched in December 2009 with the goal of giving young artists in Harare an opportunity to experiment, build skills and build bridges between Zimbabwe and the international art community.

Founded in a small room next to a tailors’ workshop, the gallery went on to achieve many impressive firsts for visual art in Zimbabwe and making a mark for contemporary Zimbabwean art internationally, having been listed as one of top ten contemporary art galleries in Africa by Culture Trip in 2014 (  ...  -art-galleries/). In addition to its on-site exhibition roster, the gallery maintains a full educational programme, with master-classes, artist residencies, film screenings, panel discussions, takes part in art fairs and delivers a range of audience engagement initiatives designed to support the emerging art community and develop audience for contemporary art in Harare.

KUONA TRUST – core funding

Kuona Trust is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1995 at the National Museum of Kenya to serve  all artists and has since worked with over one thousand five hundred artists giving them skills and opportunities to advance themselves whilst increasing the profile and role of the visual arts in Kenya.

KUONA TRUST – project funding

Construction of additional studio and gallery space.

32º EAST, UGANDA – core funding

32º East is a centre for the creation and exploration of contemporary Ugandan art. Based in the capital, Kampala, 32º East aims to provide the arts community with the information, resources and exposure needed to raise the profile of Ugandan Art to a national and international level.


KLA ART 014 is Kampala’s biennial contemporary art festival. Throughout the month of October, the festival will showcase contemporary artists from Uganda and Uganda’s neighbouring countries to the public. This year’s theme is Unmapped: who are the unheard voices of our cities? How can we represent them and celebrate the unseen urban-dweller? (Project Manager)

NAFASI ART SPACE – core funding

Nafasi art space is a Contemporary Visual Art Space in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with 15 member artists working in 11 studios. With exhibitions, film nights, public art events and performance evenings for the public. It was initiated by The Danish Centre for Cultural Development in 2009 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


The Dakar Biennale, or Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Dakar Senegal. The African Arts Trust funded the transportation of artwork for 3 artists, Candice Breitz, Wangechi Mutu and Julie Mehretu to the Dakar Biennale main exhibition.


The Marrakech Biennale was a festival with the mission to build bridges between the cultures through the arts. We inspired outstanding artists from all over the world to create work that responds to the the magical environment of Marrakech.

The African Arts Trust funded travel expenses for participants to the roundtable discussions.

Summer of photography 2014

SABAM Belgium 2014 / Courtesy of Richard Saltoun, London / SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Vienna ||| ZANELE MUHOLI Miss Lesbian I (2009) C-type print Photograph: Sean Fitzpatrick © Zanele Muholi

On the initiative of BOZAR, 35 partners have once again joined forces to establish an international platform for photography in Belgium. The 2014 edition of the Summer of Photography, a festival of international stature, will be the fifth. This year's principal exhibition, Woman: The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s at the Centre for Fine Arts, takes gender as its central theme.

Marcia Kure Visual Artist in Residence, January 2014 – March 2014

Nigerian-born, New Jersey-based artist Marcia Kure was in residence in our larger Sackler Centre studio for a shorter, three month residency from January 2014. Represented by the Susan Inglett Gallery in New York, past works have seen Marcia explore themes such as female identity, hip-hop culture, and Victorian and historical fashion.

A residency and mentorship programme, Kuta na Sanaa at Nafasi Art Space, Tanzania

Untitled(pace)  Rehama Chachage

Under the aegis of Nafasi Art Space, Kuta-na Sanaa has since 1 February, 2014 has been working on and has managed to design the residency program with  African visual artists; they will, during their stay, work closely with one local artist in the form of a one-on-one mentorship/art.

The African Arts Trust is funding for mentorship residency run by artist Rehema Chachage for the year beginning Feb 2014.

Boys Quarter, Nigeria Gallery run by Zina Saro-Wiwa

Project funding for Zina Saro-Wiwa’s gallery space in Port Harcourt, funding dependent on her raising additional funds 2 years once they have raised matched funding.

Kuru Art Project, Botswana

Art space supporting around 13 San male and female artists in remote area of Botswana. On going discussion but possibility of funding if they can raise additional funds

Artist, Serge Alain Nitegeka three week residency in collaboration with NIROX, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

In collaboration with NIROX, Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosted a residency with Burundi born artist Serge Alain Nitegeka.

Sanaa Gateja and Xenson, three month support for a residency project with Deveron Arts

Deveron Arts is a contemporary arts organisation based in Huntly, North East Scotland.  They invite artists from all over the world to live and work in the town to meet with local people and exchange ideas on issues of both local and global concern.  In May 2014, The african Arts Trust funded the residency of artists Sanaa Gateja and Xenson

Assemblage, South Africa- Residency support for 5 artists

Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. Assemblage encourages production, participation, professionalism and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. The African Arts Trust funded residency support for 5 artists in their studio space in Johannesburg

Insaka International Artists Workshop

The 2013 Insaka International Artists Workshop in Zambia took place during the UNWTO General Conference in August at Maramba Cultural Centre with 29 artists from 13 countries participating. The African Arts Trust provided core and workshop funding for artist group in Lusaka

National Gallery, Nyanza Rwanda May 2013

TAAT funded a sculpture workshop and exhibition for 3 African artists; Dr. Lillian Mary Nabulime, Peterson Kamwathi and Madrad Bizimana,  which culminated an exhibition.

Artist, Nancy Mteki, from Zimbabwe three month support for a residency project with Deveron Arts

Nancy Mteki was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1989. She started taking photographs in 2008 at a local workshop call IIiso Labantu. Nancy's residency Mbereko investigated the delights and issues surrounding maternity and childhood in relation to material culture.

32° East, Kampala's first Contemporary Art Festival (KLA ART 012)

The festival took place between 7th - 14th October 2012 and served as a platform to showcase new visual art forms to a diverse public audience. Eight art organisations in Kampala joined forces to host the festival, they collaborated to create an event, which provided a unique platform to showcase Kampala's artistic talent

Ethiopian artist, Mihret Kebede three month support for a residency project with Deveron Arts

Ethiopian artist Mihret Kebede visited Huntly on a residency in Winter 2012. Mihret  organised a Slow Marathon where 225 people to walked 26 miles - each way. A total of  5,850 miles equivalent to the distance from Addis to Scotland and back . A shoelace exchange between Huntly and Ethiopian walkers was part of the process.

History in Progress, artists Andrea Stultiens and Rumanzi Canon

History In Progress Uganda collects and publishes photographs from (private) collections and archives in Uganda. TAAT supported  artists Andrea Stultiens and Rumanzi Canon (HIP Uganda) to develop a body of work in response to the HIP Uganda archive.

Gasworks, Exhibition and related residencies of Baudouin Mouanda (in partnership with Deveron Arts)

The exhibition at Gasworks brings together work from the streets of Libreville and Brazzaville, South London and rural Scotland by award-winning photographer Baudouin Mouanda. La Sapologie, the main body of work in the exhibition, documents the lives of sapeurs; members of the S.A.P.E. community (Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes/Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People)

Gallery Delta Foundation

This short term funding was intended to help Gallery Delta sustain their programme in Harare whilst they put on an exhibition in Munich throughout July, called 'Colour Africa 2011'.

AfricaLab, 'Sharon Stone In Abuja' Exhibition

Zina Saro-Wiwa is a British-Nigerian film-maker, writer, broadcast journalist and the founder of AfricaLab, an organisation dedicated to re-imagining Africa. In AfricaLab's first contemporary art project that was shown at Location One Gallery NYC from 5th Nov 2010 - 22nd Jan 2011, this brought together work that concerns the Nigerian film industry, aka Nollywood.

Ed Cross Fine Art, Peterson Kamwathi 'Matter of Record' Exhibition

Peterson Kamwathi, is one of Kenya's best regarded young artists and is now establishing himself as a major name in contemporary African art. His work combines clear conceptual elements and rich content with technical mastery. 'Matter of Record' which ran from October 20th - November 20th 2010 at Ed Cross Fine Art gallery space in Whitechapel, East London was Kamwathi's first solo show in London.