Last weekend, the Kenya Museum Society organized another edition of the Affordable Art Show at the National Museum of Kenya grounds in Nairobi. The Affordable Art Show is one of several activities which the Museum Society organizes. The primary mandate of the Kenya Museum Society is to support the museums of Kenya. Besides the art exhibition, there were also kids and adult art classes, guided tours of the gallery exhibitions, and live painting by selected Kenyan visual artists.
Kenya Museum Society
The Kenya Museum Society is comprised of artists and non-artists alike, individuals like you and me. Membership is available for individuals and organizations and can be renewed yearly.
For less than Ksh. 2000 annually, you get to experience such unique cultural benefits as free entry to shows like the Affordable Art Show. You also get free access to all museums and many other cultural sites under the management of the Kenya Museums.
Check out their website and join. Seriously. You should. The funds raised through activities like the Affordable Art show go a long way in supporting the preservation and promotion of culture and history in Kenya.
Affordable Art Show
At the Affordable Art Show which started on Friday, 28th of October, more than 400 art pieces were being exhibited. The artists were just as many as the artworks. Acrylic paintings of contemporary life in Kenya, hyper-realistic artworks of various wildlife found in Kenya, portraits of Kenyans in various settings, mixed media artworks with social, economic, political, and psychological themes all adorned the halls of the museum building.
Young artists exhibited their art side by side with the old, each showcasing their work to eager art lovers who flocked to the venue; some to catch glimpses of the affordable art, others to enjoy the sun, and others to purchase affordable art and have it adorn their walls at home. The art was affordable indeed, with discerning art buyers leaving with masterpieces for as little as Ksh 6,000. The 3-days long event goes a long way in providing a platform for artists to showcase and exhibit their work. It also provides the space for art collectors to know the artists, buy their art and network for future opportunities.
Importance of Art Being Accessible
The importance of art in society cannot be understated. And if truly art is important then it goes without saying that art should be accessible to everyone, despite what the rules of societal hierarchy or capitalism demand.
In the humdrum of life, it is easy to disregard things that don’t impact our lives directly. Paying rent impacts us directly as does going to work and taking care of sick people. Often, we don’t place the arts and humanities in this category. Art is for enjoying when there is nothing else to do. Music and paintings are to be heard and seen only after the ‘actual work’ is done. So the question becomes, is art even important?
What is Art?
The unifying truth of the human experience is that a human being, receiving another human’s expression of feeling, whether through sight or hearing is capable of experiencing the emotion that moved the man who expressed it. A man laughs, and another, who hears, becomes merry.