Makerere Art Gallery

Makerere Art Gallery was founded in 1969 as exhibition space for the growing collection of art works by faculty and students of the renowned Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts. This collection, gathered from the early days of the art school in the 1940s, is today the only historic collection of modern Ugandan art. Since Uganda does not have a National Gallery of Art or any comparable institution with a mandate to collect art works the university collection is filling this gap. The art collection is a unique resource for local, national, and international researchers. The Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration has recently been founded under the roof of the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) and is located in the Makerere Art Gallery within the campus of Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA). Its mandate is to safeguard Ugandan objects of cultural heritage for posterity and to carry out scholarly research.

Constructed with funds from Gulbenkian Foundation, Makerere Art Gallery is a modern spacious building with ample lighting and comfortable exhibition space for art. The gallery was able to accomplish an important and unique collection of art works which comprises paintings, sculptures, wood prints, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, and design works. Many of these art works have arisen from the artistic involvement with traditional materials and techniques, while others reflect cultural heritage such as indigenous traditions, patterns and beliefs. Their contents revolve around political and cultural history, changes in society, developing modernity, influences of religion and intercultural exchanges.

Director: Dr. George Kyeyune
Curator: Katrin Peters-Klaphake


phone +256 756116751 | +256  776601470
email artgallery(at)
facebook Makerere Art Kampala

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday on appointment

Admission free