Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Tanzanian painter, Masoud Kibwana, in his studio (Video)

Mambo wapenzi wa sanaa!

Are you ready for this?
@ Nafasi
I AM MAKEKE: A Fashion Event @4-11pmSat, 24 Feb

Partner Events
Masoud Kibwana: Art Exhibition Fundraiser @6-9pmFri, 23 Feb, The Bay Restaurant, Oysterbay
Swahili Cost: Art Exhibition by AIRs Miguel Costales (ES) and Mike Kyalo (KE) @6-9pmThu, 8 March, The Bay Restaurant, Oysterbay

Nafasi ya Watoto: Children's Art Classes (Sign up)
We are extremely excited and gearing up for I AM MAKEKE: A Fashion Event.
Behind the scenes Dimaga Video (by Minzi Mims), Costumes by MAKEKE International.
At 4pm, this Saturday the 24th of February, we are rolling out the red carpet and putting on our best African-inspired traditional clothing for I AM MAKEKE -a fashion event celebrating the career of Jocktan Makeke, who is an award-winning fashion designer and costuming artist based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who uses a variety of different mediums to create intricate and sometimes otherworldly Afro-futuristic designs.
There will be an exhibition, a doucmentary, a fashion show, a traditional dance, a variety of food and drinks (did someone say wine?), (and since it's his birthday, there may even be cake!). So show up or miss out on this grand event!

Please note that from 4-6pm he will run a ChapChap Fashion Design: Public Art Workshop open to both amateur and professional designers. Sign up at info@nafasiartspace.org!
You are warmly invited to take part in an Art Exhibition Fundraiser for Masoud Kibwana presented to you by Nafasi Art Space and The Bay restaurant.

The exhibition will take part on the 23rd of February 2018 at The Bayrestaurant in Oysterbay, with the aim of raising funds for  the amazing Tanzanian artist Masoud Kibwana who has recently been accepted for a prestigious Wildlife Painting Course in Schoftland, Switzerland. The course will focus on pastel color techniques, which is a method that is not currently taught in Tanzania. 
Masoud has been a member of Nafasi Art Space since 2014 and in that time has grown to be one of the foremost painters in the country.

His unique personal style blends elements of cubism with African figurative art. Kibwana’s paintings on canvas capture the beauty, culture and traditions (old and new) of the East African people. He is also a committed mentor and teacher to many young aspiring Tanzanian artists, many of whom have shown great promise the field because of his mentorship. 
Despite having shown work all over the world, from an art expo in China to UN headquarters in New York, this would be Masoud’s first overseas trip as an artist, an important opportunity to expand his networks and be inspired by the global art scene.
The course features a three-day workshop from 25th – 27th May 2018. This short course will focus on painting wildlife using pastel colours, which is a technique that is not currently taught in Tanzania.
Upon returning from Switzerland, Kibwana will conduct a 3-5 day workshop on drawing with pastels that will provide training for 15-20 additional Tanzanian artists.
We hope you will join us in supporting Masoud Kibwana
6-9pm, Friday, 23rd February, 2018 at The Bay Restaurant!
SWAHILI COST: Join us in March, on the 8th at The Bay Restaurant in Oysterbay, from 6-9pm for an intriguing exhibition by our Artists in Residence Miguel Costales (ES) and Mike Kyalo (KE) about life and hustle on the Swahili coast.
Previous exhibition by Miguel Costales
Painting from Mike Kyalo's "Dudhi" series, 2015 
Join Nafasi ya Watoto! Starting from the 3rd of March this year Nafasi Art Space will be offering Art classes for children aged 6-16 years every Saturdayfrom 10am - 12pm. Classes will be taught by a professional artist and art educator Frad Halla, some snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Prices are TSH 20,000/- per class (walk-in) or TSH 60,000/- per month (pay-in-advance). Register now by calling +225 767 373 803 or emailing info@nafasiartspace.org.
Feza International students during a visit to Nafasi Art Space
Last Saturday 10th February, as part of our Outreach Program initiative, we welcomed secondary children from Feza International School for a short Art Class and tour at Nafasi. The students visited the studio of our Artist in Residence Marius Comanns (GE), learned first hand about being a professional artist, received a short tutorial on portrait drawing technique, and took a tour of the Nafasi Gallery and grounds.

On Tuesday 13th there was special edition of Kijiweni Cinema featuring three short films from South Africa. There was laughter, a few tears and a lot of learning. Then finally on Thursday 15th Marius was joined with his fellow Artist in resident Mike Kyalo for an engaging and informative conversation during their Artist Hangout. Visit our facebook page for more pictures and info.



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