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[28 Jun 2018 | One Comment | ]
From Archival Articles to Future Festivals – Editorial June

With a season of arts and music festivals drawing near, this issue of Start Journal invites the Kampala arts community not only to look ahead to the opportunities of future festivals but to look back on where art in Kampala has come from, and how the last six years, the last two decades, even the last fifty have led to this point. By our recent new member of the editorial team Gloria Kiconco.

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[24 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on Startjournal 2018: New Media, Channels and Connections – Editorial | ]
Startjournal 2018: New Media, Channels and Connections – Editorial

The Journal has always aspired to be an indigenous-driven publication critically analysing and documenting contemporary arts and culture in Uganda. It would be even more valuable if the content of StartJournal is influencing the mainstream societal narratives. With this in mind we are now developing a larger communication strategy with the aim to connect the Startjournal content to other media. We foresee to increase the visibility of StartJournal content by pushing it to newspapers, news programs on TV and Radio and through social media channels.

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[13 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on The art we make, the words we profess | ]
The art we make, the words we profess

It is almost a year since the rebirth of Start journal. Artists write about their work and that of other artists. Art historians theorise and contextualise art, locating the social and political circumstances out of which it arises. Exhibition reviews are invaluable, as are readers’ comments both digitally on the journal pages and in live conversations. Editor in Chief Margaret Nagawa gives an overview of what was published in the latest issue.

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[3 Apr 2017 | Comments Off on Editorial: Returning to the archive: It is still rich, accessible and usable! | ]
Editorial: Returning to the archive: It is still rich, accessible and usable!

This issue demonstrates that the available archive of the history of Uganda’s visual culture is still rich, accessible and usable. However, it could shape a conversation on the country’s creative discourse if (and only if) we looked at it again and looked at it hard enough. Dr. Angello Kakande gives an overview of the articles in this Feb – May 2017 Issue.

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[14 Dec 2016 | One Comment | ]
Editorial: Start Journal Re-imagined

By Assoc. Prof. George Kyeyune
Start Journal of Arts and Culture is coming back after a break of almost a year. The break was necessary for its internal adjustment and re-organisation to set it on a new footing. It now has a new editorial team that constitutes high profile Africanists: Prof. Sidney Littlefield Kasfir, Assoc. Prof. George Kyeyune, Dr. Angelo Kakande and Ms. Margaret Nagawa.

- Issue 042 Kampala Art Biennale, Editorial Notes, Featured, Visual Art »

[1 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Issue 042 – Kampala Art Biennale | ]
Issue 042 – Kampala Art Biennale

Biennale, Biennale, Biennale. Like a war-cry, the artist of Africa have something to say. This time they will be shouting out from the streets and galleries of Kampala. In a push to showcase Kampala on the global arts agenda, a group of established artists teamed up with national government bodies, media specialists and city authorities to bring a Biennale to East Africa’s arts castaway. Sure, Nairobi is the known hub for contemporary arts in the region, but it was actually […]

Editorial Notes, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private »

[1 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Issue 041 Public vs. Private | ]
Issue 041 Public vs. Private

The tension between public and private forms of art marks part of the identity crisis that defines making, exhibiting, performing and selling. Do we need to tick the public box to be relevant? How does the diaspora receive the references to home? What constitutes public and private in an arena where everyday life in the streets could be seen as an artistic performance? Are visual artists only making for the foreign buyer? These are all questions to be […]

Editorial Notes, Featured, Issue 040 Gender & Sexuality »

[2 Apr 2014 | One Comment | ]
Issue 040 – Gender & Sexuality

The Brief

In a globalized world with borders and boundaries constantly being challenged, how can the arts define or redefine ambiguous states of gender or sexuality? Are there clear roles for men and women, male and female? Do contemporary artists appropriate traditional cultural practices? What artistic prescriptions exist to speak about such issues? How do they employ their mediums to converse within liminal spaces or destabilize patriarchal standards.

Editorial Notes, Featured, Issue 039 Inspiration »

[24 Feb 2014 | Comments Off on Issue 039 Inspiration | ]
Issue 039 Inspiration

Issue 39 of Start Journal intends to use the online platform as a space to inspire.

Editorial Notes, Issue 038 Education »

[6 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Issue 038 – Arts Education: an editorial brief | ]
Issue 038 – Arts Education: an editorial brief

Arts education comes in many forms and serves a multitude of functions. Start Journal wonders what it means to have arts education institutionalized and how states govern this process.

Editorial Notes, Headline, Issue 037 Nov '13 »

[2 Nov 2013 | Comments Off on Issue 037 – There Are Problems… and There Are Solutions | ]
Issue 037 – There Are Problems… and There Are Solutions

The art world is full of problems and solutions. Sometimes the problems seem so insurmountable that one wonders how an inspired mind could surpass them. Other times the possibilities are so apparent that only fools would ignore them. Through selective questions, quandaries, predicaments and conflicts, this issue will unpick some of the concerns that are facing today’s artists in Uganda. Amongst current reviews and critiques, our writers will try to offer some examples of creative solutions.

Editorial Notes, Featured, Headline, Issue 036 Sep-Oct '13, Special analysis »

[29 Sep 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Kampala’s Spoken Words

Competitions can be classrooms. The Spoken Word Project in Uganda could be exactly that — a space to teach and learn.

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[2 Sep 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
Issue 036 – Festivals, Awards & Prizes

An Editorial Note

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear about an art festival: Can I go? Who will be there? And if an artist has won a prize or an award, do you immediately want to look them up and consume what they are producing?

Festivals, awards and prizes showcase art in a unique way. These outlets make the arts more public. They serve to legitimise or judge the arts. Furthermore, they are spaces for conversations […]