This past weekend, The Affordable Art Show, the largest juried art show and sale in East Africa opened at the Nairobi National Museum and it as stellar!
So, even if you missed last week’s Affordable Art fair at the National Museums of Kenya – or weren’t even aware that it was taking place – it’s worth remembering that artists are the exception rather than the rule. There are thousands of lesser-known artists struggling to make a living. And it’s at fairs like these – revived in 2013– that ordinary art lovers and wannabe collectors on a more limited budget can pick up those artists’ work.
The Kenya Museums Society Affordable Art Show has become an annual event again since its revival in 2013, this year occurring on Friday to Sunday, 28-30 October. It is the greatest single source of income for funding the projects KMS undertakes for the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
The atmosphere was great. Heck, I saw art as cheap as Kshs 4,000. There was no casual browsing. Every art was diverse and spoke.
Affordable Art taught us something as young collectors—you can’t and shouldn’t view a work of art as an investment. But also, the need to realize that we can spend on art. As art lovers, find art that is meaning to you and what you love.
Also, take time and invest enough time attending some of the accessible art fairs and smaller galleries and talking to the artists and curators about the works on display, your knowledge will grow.
Photos credited to @Kari Matu.
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