A UK premiere exhibition of paintings by young artists from Kibera, Africa’s largest urban slum, will open on 18 and 19 December at the Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham. The Exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Kenyan Uweza Foundation, has been planned and curated by Guild Member Hannah Wall (Taylor, 1994-2001, St Clare), with all funds from the sale of the paintings going to support the charity.

Guild Members are warmly invited to the Private View on Tuesday 18 December at 6.30pm. Drinks and mince pies will be served and a short film about the artists and their work will be followed by time to explore the paintings and to socialise. If you would like to attend the Private View, please contact Hannah as numbers are limited: 

The Exhibition is open to the general public on Wednesday 19 December from 10am to 4pm. During this time greetings cards will be sold, featuring works by the exhibited artists and art classes for pre and primary school children will be hosted.

All 25 paintings exhibited will be available to purchase with prices ranging from approximately £50 to £250. The artworks are predominantly acrylic on canvas and have been produced by young artists who range in age from 13 to 26.

The Uweza Foundation works with Kenyan children and youth to empower them to pursue a path to a better future through the discovery and development of their talents.  The Uweza Art Gallery operates from a repurposed shipping container in Kibera and provides the artists with a space to create and sell their own original artwork. 

Hannah’s sister, Jennie Taylor (1996-2003, St Clare) is a trustee of the Art Gallery and their younger sister, Kyla Taylor (1998-2005, St Clare) travelled to Kenya earlier this year to interview and film the artists. 

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