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Kenyan art diary is launched

The fourth edition of the Kenya Arts Diary 2014 will be officially launched Friday night.

The diary cum calendar features some of the prominent artists in Kenya and went on sale this week in major book shops, galleries and art centres. It retails for Sh1,800.

“What makes the Kenya Arts Diary so special is that it contains original artwork by contemporary Kenyan artists along with their bios, head shots and contacts. That means anyone who wants to get in touch directly with the artists can easily do so” says glass artist and founder of the Arts Diary, Nani Croze.

Among the more than 60 artists featured in this year’s Diary are Patrick Mukabi, Cyrus Ng’ang’a, Anthony Okello and Florence Wangui as well as Beatrice Wanjiku, Uhuru B, Poonam Suryavanshi and Mike Kyalo, one of the two winners of the first edition of Kadra (Kenya Arts Diary Residency Award).

The other winner was Ezra Joab of Kisumu.

“Ever since we started the diary, I wanted to launch an art residency award for up and coming Kenyan artists, and this year we finally made it happen,” said Croze who had Joab working with her for a month at Kitengela Glass Trust while Kyalo worked at Kuona Trust.

For this edition the committee worked at putting artists who were not featured previously.

“This year we broke that precedent due to public demand for the inclusion of both established local artists and those who are relatively new to the local art scene,” said the diary’s graphic designer, Peta Meyer.

Qi Lin and Sylvia Gichia, as well as James Muriuki and Aernout Zevenbergen, Anthony Wachira and Dominic Martin provided most of the colourful images in the diary.
The launch will be tonight at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Westlands.

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