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[14 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Winner of Uganda Press Photo Award 2017- “An Example of Enterprising Journalism”

The winners of the Uganda Press Photo Awards were announced at a ceremony held at The Square on Thursday, October 26, and the winners’ exhibition was launched at the same occasion. The exhibition is now open to the public, free of charge, at the Square and runs until November 26.

32º East Writer in Residence, Artwork critiques, Creative techniques, Review, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[3 Sep 2017 | One Comment | ]
Ife Piankhi: A Language and Grammar of Healing

By Erika Holum

Ife Piankhi is a recent artist in residence at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust. Working as a performance artist, singer, poet, and creative facilitator for over 30 years, Ife has recently ventured into a creative practice where her craft has taken visual form through a textured, multi-media approach to papier mâché and collage work, and the creation of bright and colorful mandalas. The material and spiritual elements embedded within Ife’s work create a semiotic grammar and visual […]

Artwork critiques, Comics, Creative techniques, Featured »

[3 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Encounters with Art: The Inaugural Children’s Book Illustrator’s Exhibition

Think back to that moment when you first realized the possibility of any art form. As a writer, I easily trace that back to reading as a child. I still believe that the worlds I explored through books, the lives I lived through books, have made all the difference in who I am and what I do as an adult. Gloria Kiconco attended the first ever Children’s Book Illustrator’s Exhibition at Design Hub Kampala.

Creative techniques, Featured, Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Visual Art »

[12 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on Kiln Remodeling and its Use with Bizen-like Pottery Firing Techniques | ]
Kiln Remodeling and its Use with Bizen-like Pottery Firing Techniques

This paper presents the practical processes of remodeling and using a kiln in the Ceramics studio at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine arts, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The effectiveness of a kiln is dependent on its design, ability to preserve heat by minimizing heat loss, and the capacity to be economical with fuel. The kiln in the ceramics department used waste oil for firing. During my postgraduate studies spanning 5 years in Japan, I studied and worked with wood kilns – building them and firing in them. Upon returning to Uganda in 2015 with this experience, I was able to identify some of the problems associated with Makerere Art School’s waste oil fired kiln and its hardships.

Art Education, Collaborative Art Project, Creative techniques, Featured, Visual Art »

[13 Aug 2015 | Comments Off on Become Art Minded; Afriart launches Art Education Programme | ]
Become Art Minded; Afriart launches Art Education Programme

“Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence,” sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has once said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Society needs people with skills to think creatively, innovate and to become critical thinkers and learners ready to solve everyday challenges. It is this understanding that has inspired Afriart Gallery to add an Art Education department to their existing scope of work.

Creative techniques, Featured, Review, Visual Art »

[11 Aug 2015 | Comments Off on Stimulating artistic inquiry with Ronex’ Bags | ]
Stimulating artistic inquiry with Ronex’ Bags

The Exhibition titled Bags that opened recently at Afriart gallery in Kampala is a continuation of the innovation, participation and interaction. The artist showcases bags in both small and big sizes with artworks emblazoned on their faces. Some of the images are abstract while others are semi-abstract with human figures and familiar motifs like the pair of fish wedged on canvas, the miniature human face parallel to the miniature standing human figure and the now popular KLA motif.

Creative techniques, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis »

[5 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on The Lubare and The Boat: Alexander MacKay’s Spirit Rises at Deveron Arts | ]
The Lubare and The Boat: Alexander MacKay’s Spirit Rises at Deveron Arts

On the weekend of June 14-15, two contrasting cultures came together under the umbrella of art to celebrate the life and times of Scottish explorer and missionary Alexander MacKay, who devoted his life to journeying through Uganda. Ugandan artists Sanaa Gateja, Xenson, and art curator Violet Nantume joined forces with Deveron Arts in Rhynie, Scotland, for a two-day event filled with creative activities centred on cultural integration.

32º East Writer in Residence, Creative techniques, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[1 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on From the Garbage Bin to Interactive Art | ]
From the Garbage Bin to Interactive Art

This collaboration between The Garbage Collectors project 2014 and Ugandan environmental artists is representative of socially conscious art. As such, it gives artists an opportunity to work with a variety of media and technique, at the same time extending their work to the public.

Creative techniques, Featured, Issue 039 Inspiration, Special analysis »

[6 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]
A Workshop on Performing Life

“Performance art is for very strong people, in my view; you put yourself in a dangerous situation and are able to come out of it.” says Ato’o.

Creative techniques, Issue 033 Jun '13, Visual Art »

[30 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Displays of War and Peace

On rare occasions in Uganda, an artist dares to challenge familiar representations of beauty. But, what happens when we display tragic, often horrific, experiences? What happens when human interpretation cannot be purchased? How does a curator work with artists and researchers to display the ugly side of the nation’s history? This article seeks to examine — from a curatorial point of view — the key issues that arise when we use exhibitions as spaces to expose an often forgotten war.

Creative techniques, Film, Issue 033 Jun '13 »

[30 May 2013 | Comments Off on On Creativity and Video Art: Refuse the Hollywood Frame | ]
On Creativity and Video Art: Refuse the Hollywood Frame

This article could be used as a manifesto for the artist, or the filmmaker. It’s core objects are to stress the otiose pursuit for top gear equipment in filmmaking, and to reject the academia and long formal educations when it comes to creativity. This text is also a call to all artists out there, no matter the artistic area, to get together and start sharing ideas, discussing projects and team up.

Creative techniques, Issue 032 May '13, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[30 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Opportunities and challenges in international craft collaborations | ]
Opportunities and challenges in international craft collaborations

“However beautiful Ugandan craft products may be, it will be difficult for local artisans to succeed in a global market unless certain conditions can be met. … In my opinion, tight deadlines, consistent quality, innovation, committed partners, and good communication are fundamental to successful participation in global trade, over and above the products themselves.” Kirsten Scott writes about international craft collaborations.

Creative techniques, Issue 022 July '12, Literature, Special analysis »

[2 Jul 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
Can a writer earn a living in Uganda?

Can a writer earn a living in Uganda? Who is a writer anyway? Does a journalist qualify as a writer? Iwaya Mataachi has interviewed Ugandan writers Beverley Nambozo, Jackee Batanda, Akiyo Michael Kasaija, Joachim Buwembo, and Beatrice Lamwaka to find out.

Creative techniques, Issue 020 May '12, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[30 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]
Arts and Heritage: Who owns what? Why we have to (be) care(fully)?

In the world of arts and culture nowadays, the term ‘heritage’ seems to be everywhere. Every country has its National Heritage, Tourist Guides are advertising World Heritage, and so on. If someone referrs to ‘heritage’, is it about preserving traditional knowlegde or is it about making money? What is this ‘heritage’ all about? Does an artist inherit something? Or a people?

Artist interviews, Creative techniques, Issue 017 Feb '12, Visual Art »

[30 Jan 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Behind the Artwork: Joseph Ntensibe’s ‘Disappearing Forests’

Next out in the category the Story Behind an Artwork, we have interviewed one of the leading contemporary Ugandan artists, Joseph Ntsensibe, about his work ‘Disappearing Forests’ (2011). Read about why and how Ntensibe created this one piece of art which responds to the topic ‘environmental protection’.

Creative techniques, Issue 012 Sept '11, Visual Art »

[31 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Behind the Artwork: Taga’s ‘Changing Kampala’

In this new category of articles, Startjournal.org will present the Story Behind an Artwork. We will be interviewing leading East African visual artists about one particular work of art, trying to explain their reasons for and struggles with creating that one piece of art. First out is the Ugandan watercolor master Taga Francis Nuwagaba and his recent painting ’Changing Kampala’ (watercolor on paper, 2011) .

Creative techniques, Issue 010 June '11, Visual Art »

[1 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on How to Curate Your Own Art Exhibit | ]
How to Curate Your Own Art Exhibit

Curation can be described as the sorting and presentation of work/art for presentation to an audience. Its role is pivotal to the reception of work from the artist or gallery to the target audience, and it plays a major role in the success or failure of selling work. Photographer Roshan Karmali gives you some key ideas if you want to curate your own artwork.

Creative techniques, Issue 009 May '11, Visual Art »

[28 Apr 2011 | Comments Off on How to prepare bark cloth using charcoal and leaves | ]
How to prepare bark cloth using charcoal and leaves

In this creative technique, Jjuuko Hoods will show you how to prepare a piece of bark cloth with a mixture of charcoal powder, sweet potato leaves and acrylic paints.

Creative techniques, Issue 007 Mar '11, Visual Art »

[3 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
How to carve a wood relief

In Startjournal.org’s series of Creative Techniques, artist and lecturer Lilian Nabulime shows you step-by-step how to carve a wood relief so you can create a wooden 2D-sculpture. Wood relief carving has been an art form since ancient times. In relief carving, figures or objects are carved into a flat piece of wood. The general process for relief carving involves removing wood so that the carved object appears to rise out of the wood itself.

Creative techniques, Issue 006 Feb '11, Visual Art »

[2 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
How to do Woodcut Printmaking using a Dark-to-Light Technique

Henry Mzili Mujunga shows you, step-by-step, how to do Woodcut Printmaking using a Dark-to-Light Technique. Woodcut prints are usually strong, simple designs in monochrome or in just a few colors. Because of this, woodcuts have the advantage of being easy to reproduce, which made them a popular form of illustration before modern printing methods. Click here to learn how to print dark-to-light.