Launch pads that will help play catch-up with African art gurus

Margaretta wa Gacheru on June 23, 2014. Margaretta wa Gacheru’s first book, launched at the Alliance Française on September 16, 2014, serves as valuable springboard. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA

What you need to know:

  • With a relentless appetite for the arts these last four decades, Margaretta’s feeble hands are forever note-taking and capturing saccharine stories about Kenya’s arts and crafts.
  • Fine Arts Department Chairman Francis Kaguru and the Head of Drawing, Prof Elizabeth Mazrui, are bringing in experts to speak to art students, and any interested visitors, about the future of the arts in Kenya.
  • He called attention to internationally acclaimed sculptor El Anatsui whose metal-fabric hangings have transformed spaces like the façade of the historic Palazzo Fortuny at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

If you are intimidated by ‘art jargon’ out there but covertly crave the cliff-notes on the chronicles of East African art, there are effective launching pads and platforms to help you play catch-up.

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