In 2018, he started to draw and learned about art as an opportunity from the Nakivaale refugee settlement located in the Isingiro district. He dreams of being a great artist in the world one day. He says that staying in a refugee settlement has allowed him to have a lot of time on his hands, and he uses it to make art. He paints about school life, Pan Africanism, and daily life. Being part of this exhibition is a dream come true. He advises fellow children to study hard when they have an opportunity because not everyone has the same opportunity.
A positive memory behind this piece titled “pause” is that due to the lockdown, many pauses around the world, there were few cars, fewer flights and less pollution. While we were panicking due to covid19, mother nature was healing.
Nesta Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was a rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the rock steady and reggae band Bob Marley and the wailers(1963-1981). Marley remains one of the most widely known and received performance reggae and is credited with helping spread Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
By purchasing this artwork, 70% of the price you pay will support the education of children we empower while 30% will support our administrative costs to continue offering free art sessions to children from underserved communities.
Bridget Lajara is 18 years old. Her dream is to become the best female artist in Uganda and this is based on her passion for the arts. She participated in the art contest because she wanted to show the world what a girl can do with her talent. Travelling to Kampala for the exhibition is the first thought that came into her head after she got the news of being selected in the finalists. Lajara advises other girls and youths to always use the opportunities presented to them because they might never know where they can lead them.
Media: mixed media Nabulime is an 18-year-old multimedia artist. Her artworks seek to echo the life and struggles of young girls to engage the audience in examining the silenced world of teenage girls. While she uses a variety of materials and processes in each art piece, her methodology is consistent.
She has no grand illusions that art will create a revolution in the traditional sense, but she has witnessed the powerful changes it can make in an individual. Just one new idea can change a person’s perception. Creating art isn’t just an occupation to her; it’s a passion she enjoys bringing life to the canvas with vibrant colours and finding new ways to make people see things.
This artwork is by Lisa, a 7-year-old artist. Her passion is to become a great artist. She draws her inspiration from her family and loves art because she has grown to see her father and big sister do it.
Emelyne, 18 years, Burundian She loves art and her parents as well. Since she doesn’t study, she spends most of her time practising art at Youth Rescue Organisation, located in the Nakivalee refugee settlement. Ever since she left Burundi and came to Uganda, it has not been easy for her and her family, but she is grateful that art has kept her mind focused and active. She wants to become a professional artist and become good at painting. She also wants to become an art teacher to pass on her knowledge to other people. Being part of the exhibition is a great opportunity for her to show her talent. Most people think that refugees, especially girls’ can’t do anything. However, she believes that when they see her painting, this mindset will change. She hopes to gain visibility for her works and make some sales to buy materials and continue painting. She advises young girls like her to learn skills like art to help them in the future.
The artwork is about playing sonko (a traditional game played mostly by girls) in African communities. Drawing makes Namakula happy and gives her the opportunity to imagine a wonderful place where everything is amazing. She loves to draw flowers, trees, people and houses. During her free time, she enjoys playing “ludo”, listening to stories, skipping the rope, and dodgeball.
Brave Ntakky Ankunda, 7 years old. He dreams to be a great artist. Ankunda loves art. Painting is about love and enables him to share the love with the world with his art. Ankunda advises his peers to be focused and love one another.
What’s more, is that his name Brave was inspired by the miraculous come back to life after he was in a coma for about a week and since he returned to life, art has been a healing process for him to regain his strength. All his artworks are special and created from a deep sense of consciousness with the hope to spread love and peace.
This artwork by Monica is part of our cooperation with the Uganda School for the Deaf (USFD). What’s more, is that Monica drew this artwork using her legs and makes it so special to us.
The Ugandan School for the Deaf was the first school for the Deaf in Uganda. It was established in 1959 by the Uganda Society for the Deaf at Namirembe Hill on leased land from the church of Uganda. A Government-aided Primary school brings together all categories of Deaf children, including Deaf children with multiple disabilities. The school’s primary task is to cater to the education, interests, and special needs of deaf children in Uganda.
We also know that through your support with a purposeful purchase. You will enable us to raise funds to buy more art materials, support the initiation and running of the art club at the USFD school, and establish a sustainable platform that will nurture and grow their potential in art.
If you are looking for a way to support us, we encourage you to purchase artwork. 70% goes towards the children, and 30% will be invested back into our work.