Happy to be exhibiting with Jonathan Fraser, Nelson Ijaaka, Namikoye Wanjala, Sujay Shah and Andrew Chege
See more of their work on HERE
If Not Now is a group project that aims to boost the careers of select young artists in Nairobi.If Not Now is an project of young art-makers who seek agency on their own terms. It is an effort to carve out a niche in an expanding art space that has no surface onto which they can grasp. This exhibition considers alternate ways and places that art can be shared with the public outside of conventional gallery and educational structures/systems. Where else can art be experienced and by whom? And how does the work interact with its environment?
If Not Now is an active participation in and a laying claim to a time and place that is (meant to be) equally available to those who make art-objects/concepts.
To wait then, is to wait eternally.
And if not now, when?
In order to have these opportunities we seek as young artists - to exhibit, engage with and earn from our art - we would need to make them ourselves. And in addition to creating these opportunities for ourselves, we are adding to the arts infrastructure within Nairobi.
Through self driven initiative, those involved will not only be able to expand their career prospects significantly but also add much needed diversity to the current art scene in Nairobi. This is not only regarding the type of art consumed but also what counts as art and art making in Nairobi.
I recently did my first artist in residency program at Artspace Sydney, Artspace is Australia’s leading interdisciplinary space for the production and presentation of contemporary art. Artspace’s mission is to enhance their culture through a deeper engagement with contemporary art.
To find out more about them click on this link Artspace
During my time in Sydney I wanted to make freely and experiment with new techniques. I made monoprints with watercolour paint, a new process I've never tried before. I also made some Lino prints using a relief press that was new to me.
The prints came from observational drawings done in Sydney of people in transit as well as landscapes.
The Mastercard Foundation is aiming to elevate voices and perspectives of Africa youth. As part of this, we asked visual artists working and living in Africa to respond to the question: “What do you hope for African youth?” A collection of their responses is published in an art book, Hope, Energy, and Ingenuity: Voices of African Youth. See Waruguru's work below you can also view the rest of the amazing artists featured on this link ---> View the Hope, Energy, and Ingenuity eBook.
For more info please visit Mastercard Foundations website HERE
The Nairobi-themed annual Manjano exhibition features a wide range of practicing artists from Nairobi as well as a students category. Work includes paintings, mixed media pieces, sculptures and more. Each year, the exhibition also includes an award for both the professional artist and student categories with prizes for 1st to 3rd. Awards are presented to the winning artists at the opening ceremony. Audiences have a chance to see the winning pieces for this year!
The exhibition is on view until 5th April 2018 everyday 9am - 6pm at the village market.
Closest to the left is my piece
Leso, Plastic and Acrylic on Canvas.
Untitled (Dusk), [Middle]
Leso, Plastic and Acrylic on Canvas.
Opening night images courtesy of GoDown Art Center.
New Threads - Investigating process and material
Opens: Wed 31st January, 6-8pm
The exhibition runs until 24th February at Circle Art Gallery
New Threads considers artists’ intimate engagement with process and material, the idea of material as metaphor, and how the medium and materials can dictate the form of a work of art. The artist’s understanding of their medium, not just physically, but also in terms of history, personal experience and cultural associations opens up an array of aesthetic possibilities, allowing for a re-thinking of the ways in which the work can communicate, and how audiences can interact with it.
Agnes Waruguru Njoroge talking to Mathieu Vaughan about one of her pieces
Please visit our website aplacethatisnotyours.com for more information on the show