Artists Start Holiday Season in Style

Artists have started the holiday season by planning ahead. They have released the 2015 Uganda arts diary, a calendar of events lined for next year.

The diary, officially launched last Thursday at Makerere University’s art gallery, profiles all the art galleries with the events they will be hosting, plus the faces behind them. The diary’s launch was combined with an art exhibition, Fusion of spiritual and secular: achievements and expectations.

The theme, according to curator Nusifa Mukyala, was geared towards ushering people into the festive season, carefully chosen to shoot two birds with one stone. The first bit of the theme caters for the fact that towards the end of the year, secular and religious beliefs tend to blend, while the second bit implored artists to look at people’s achievements and expectations, especially at this time of the year.

One of the outstanding art pieces is Window Of Hope by Leila Babirye. The painter-turned-collage-artiste uses plastic, wood, paper and fire to get her message across. Window Of Hope is a two-piece creation, where Babirye mostly dismantles stuff – jerrycans and bits of wood burnt almost beyond recognition. The craft is complete with newspaper cuttings, which Babirye revealed is the most important thing on the art piece.

Reagan Kandole’s untitled sculpture, on the other hand, is mainly made out of metallic waste including car spare parts and kitchenware. Kandole, currently a student of Kyambogo University, is the founder of Waste Management Education Project, whose aim is to empower the youth through recycling and turning rubbish into art.

This year, the exhibition was the first commercial showcase to be held at the gallery, which usually hosts educational workshops.

“The gallery is supposed to sustain itself and this is one way of doing that,” Mukyala noted.

Source : The Observer

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