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About

KLA ART 018 is a free visual artsfestival which celebrates public art forin and with the city.

KLA ART celebrates local art in public spaces, taking art from the galleries into the streets of the city. It’s an art festival that reaches non-traditional art audiences and gives participating contemporary artists new experiences of production and a unique platform for their work. KLA ART is produced by 32 East, an organization for the creation and exploration of Ugandan contemporary art.

artists

Graffiti Crew
Graffiti Crew Stories on Walls | Mural Project of Kampala
Timothy Wandulu
Timothy Wandulu Title: Modern Intellects
Nabukenya Hellen
Nabukenya Hellen Title: Munno Mu Kabi
Jared Onyango
Jared Onyango Title: Jua Kali Pedestrian
Maasai Mbili
Maasai Mbili Title: ya Tola
Darlyne Komukama
Darlyne Komukama Title: Rage
Karis Upton
Karis Upton Title: The Red Files
Christine Ayo
Christine Ayo Title: Voicing Entebbe
William Kane Olwit
William Kane Olwit Title: Masks
Dilman Dila
Dilman Dila Title: Robots of the Pearl

locations

Uganda Museum

The Uganda Museum was set up in the early 20th century and moved over the years from Lugard’s Ford in Old Kampala, to Makerere University and landed on its current site along Kira Road in the 1950s. Museums are always set up from a certain vantage point in which, ideas – political, cultural, narrative and otherwise – shape decisions around what is worth showing and how to show it. The current displays of the museum hold a load of information and point to such political ideas and how they developed over time.

Katanga

One could argue that informal settlements are a direct, progressional and improvised response of citizens to their city and their needs. Why they are they surpressed, underserved and kept off important official records? Impossible to ignore. Katanga is home to a wide range of people whose need for real infrastructure continue to grow.

Some of our graffiti crew artists have been working with Katanga to understand how they want to see their neighborhood grow, and how beautification of their places has immediate impact on the quality of their lives. Katanga itself is located between Mulago Hospital and Makerere University, both who claim that this huge swampy chunk of land is theirs, turning it effectively into no-man’s land.

Kiyembe

Kiyembe road takes its name from the trees that used to surround it. Under these trees tailors and others would make for their customers, with each other and eventually built a sense of community in this shared space. Over time, trees have made way for multi-floor buildings, and now only the shade from  falls on the tables of those working below. It is a place of commerce, once also a place of community, right in the heart of our city.

Ham Mukasa House

Ham Mukasa is “The scholar who never went to school”. A maverick in his own right, he shaped Uganda’s history at a critical time that the British were entering. Unknown to many in Kampala, his family still preserved his house in Kampala, just off Kabaka Njagala Road. With it’s large balcony, huge beautiful garden and original furniture from Ham Mukasa’s days in the early 1900s, it’s hard to believe that such a historical gem is right in the middle of our city.

Kampala Road – Marvin’s Alleyway

With most of Kampala’s traffic in the city actually moving on foot, alleyways and small passages are key to our lives in the city. Kampala Road, a bustling centre of knock off-phones, delicious food and endless bodies moving up and down searching for sente, connects to many others. Join us in Marvin’s Phone services alleyway between Kampala road and Wilson road for a fresh way to experience the city and the exhibition of some of our artists’ work.

Nakasero Market

An initially temporary structure that has now lasted over 100 years, Nakasero Market may be  most honest and quintessential love-letter to and about Kampala.

The market was started in 1895, at first at the Lubiri. In 1905, Nakasero Market moved to Kagugube which was initially a temporary structure, where it has been shaping lives, collecting stories and becoming a central part of the city since. Nakasero market doesn’t just represent the city, but has also shaped it and holds much of Kampala’s history in its life.

events

Date: Every Saturday Venue: Various Locations

Still trying to figure out the best way to start your fun at the festival? Join us on a tour of different exhibitions in a beautiful matatu as we take Read More…

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Matatart x KLA ART Tours
Date: August 10 -11

Critical thinking, career development, entrepreneurialism in public art 32° Degrees East, through KLA ART, British Institute of East Africa and Newcastle University have been embarking on a series of workshops Read More…

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Newcastle x KLA ART x BIEA Workshop
Date: Tuesday 21 Aug Venue: TBD

How do we as visual artists engage in humanitarian subject matter in our region without perpetuating the NGO visual language around African images born in photography the 80s? How do Read More…

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The Grammar  of Images: Workshop
Date: On Request

Are you looking for something a little faster? Beat the traffic and fly through the city on our safe boda tours. With these, you’ll get a free ride from SafeBoda Read More…

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Safe Boda Tours
Date: Once a week Venue: Katanga Slum

Do you want to watch the city come alive? Once a week our graffiti crew will be taking their cans and brushes to Katanga slum – they believe that beautification Read More…

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Graffiti x Katanga Tours
Date: 23rd August  Venue: Ham Mukasa House, Mengo

Ekyoto with History in Progress and Robinah Nansubuga at Ham Mukasa House, Mengo.

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Ekyoto with History in Progress
Date: TBD Venue: Uganda Museum + Pop Up locations city-wide

History in Progress has been mining images from Uganda’s official and unofficial archives for years. Through the process they published 8 books, unearthed many stories (some public, some personal, some Read More…

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History in Progress | Ebifananyi Exhibition
Date: 1st August

History in Progress x UPPA photographer’s discussion at Uganda Museum

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History in Progress
Date: 17 - 18 July

Title: Collaborative and Sustainable Practices 32° Degrees East, through KLA ART, British Institute of East Africa and Newcastle University have been embarking on a series of workshops designed to better Read More…

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Newcastle, BIEA, 32° Degrees East Workshop

The Team

Teesa Bahana

Director, 32

Gloria Kiconco

Curatorial Board

Kara Blackmore

Curatorial Board

Margaret Nagawa

Curatorial Board

Rasheeda Nalumoso

Creative Producer, KLA ART

Nikissi Serumaga

Programmes Manager, 32

Sandra Suubi

Community Coordinator

partners

partners Start Journal
partners Jajja Productions
partners Politics of Return
partners Safeboda
partners KCCA
partners Mimeta
partners Alliance Francaise
partners Irish Embassy
partners The Square
partners Newcastle University
partners SoFar Sounds