Kenya on Wednesday launched a platform that will be used by local artists to showcase their works to potential clients and earn income.
Senior officials said budding visual artists like painters and photographers will be provided with a free space at a Convention Centre in Nairobi for a period of two weeks to showcase their works to local and foreign audiences.
“We are hoping the launch of a mini-gallery to enable our artists showcase their pieces will have a ripple on the creative economy in the country,” remarked Nana Gecaga, the CEO of East Africa’s largest Convention Centre located in central Nairobi.
Kenya has developed a national policy to boost growth of creative economy that had previously stagnated due to under-funding, skills deficit and limited public awareness.
Gecaga said provision of adequate space for artists to advertise their works coupled with harnessing the power of new media platforms will stimulate growth of creative industry that contributes an estimated 5.3 percent to the GDP.
“By giving artists a free platform to sell their works, we expect them to become self-reliant and contribute to economic growth of this country,” said Gecaga.
She revealed that over 500 artists will benefit from the free space offered by Nairobi Convention Centre to enable them link up with local and foreign buyers.
“We receive over four to five thousand visitors at this Convention Centre every month and it will be a good opportunity for our visual artists to showcase their projects,” Gecaga remarked.
She noted that creative economy in Kenya is set for robust growth thanks to friendly policies and enhanced linkages between artists and the private sector.
Moses Kamau, a Nairobi-based visual artist, said establishment of a mini-gallery at the heart of Nairobi will inspire budding artists to come up with captivating works.
“As Kenyan artists, we will be able to scale new heights by utilizing the new platform to show our works,” Kamau remarked. Enditem