In Nairobi, there is always something to do. Here are some of the best galleries to visit on an afternoon out!
Kenya’s ever-changing art scene is centered on a number of emerging and internationally acclaimed artists, most of whom are from Kenya and the neighboring East African region, with spaces primarily in Nairobi and Mombasa. Despite the high turnover of art galleries, which remain modest in comparison to Kenya’s diverse and growing range of creative forms, here are some of Nairobi’s best.
Art Galleries in Nairobi
Circle Art Gallery
Circle Art Gallery, situated in Nairobi, Kenya, was founded in 2012 to promote contemporary art from Eastern Africa. Their goal is to assist and promote the region’s most inventive and intriguing artists in order to build a robust and sustainable art market for East African artists. The gallery has enhanced worldwide and domestic recognition for established and emerging artists through group and solo shows, as well as participation in international art fairs. They are creating a strong and sustainable market for East African artists by working closely with regional and international collectors and curators. The Gallery is open to the public with regular shows of contemporary East African art. During this pandemic, they are open by appointment or drop in from 10-4 week days only. If you would like to book a time slot to view ongoing exhibitions, click HERE or call +254 (0)790 289991
One Off Contemporary Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden
One of Nairobi’s oldest and most popular contemporary art galleries is the One Off Contemporary Art Gallery. One Off works with and promotes East Africa’s most renowned personalities, with the goal of showcasing only the best art from Kenya and the area. Local artists such as Peterson Kamwathi, Beatrice Wanjiku, and Jackson Wanju have all been represented by the gallery. Aside from its permanent collection of paintings and sculptures, the gallery hosts a revolving exhibition presenting the work of a well-known artist every month. Find out more HERE.
Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry
This gallery is located in the Karen suburb on the Karen Blixen property. It boasts a unique selection of animal bronzes, ranging in size from cufflinks to life-size sculptures. Bronzes depicting mammals, insects, and plants, as well as jewelry and home products like letter openers and candle holders, are available. Check them out HERE.
The Nairobi Gallery is a magnificent structure on Kenyatta Avenue, one of Nairobi’s most famous avenues. This often-overlooked structure is home to some of Africa’s hidden treasures, including jewelry from several countries. It’s a wonderful way to learn about Africa’s history through the medium of art. There’s also an art gallery in the building with some stunning works for sale. It is open from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
Kioko Mwitiki Art Gallery
“Exciting African Contemporary Art from selected artists and new young vibrant upcoming artists. Exhibiting ceramics, sculpture and prints. The gallery has monthly shows with Guest Artists. Come have coffee and chat to the artists”
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