The Kuona Trust Arts Centre shares a commitment to raising the awareness and understanding of contemporary art and celebrating diverse cultures and viewpoints through its residency, exhibition and education programs. Each year, 2 artists are selected to be in residence at the Centre with the objective of providing meaningful interactions with the community through collaboration, outreach and innovative programming.

Kuona Trust offers artists an amazing opportunity to experience the vibrant cultural and visual arts scene of Nairobi as well as experience in working with a dynamic group of artists. The programme is open to artists working in any medium who are inspired by a diverse global culture, committed to artistic investigation, and are interested in community engagement.

We are currently are currently accepting applications for the 2month Artist in Residence Program for the period August to September 2015 and October to November 2015.
Selection Process

Selections are made by the Kuona Trust Arts Centre programmes staff. Artists are selected based on the quality of their work, written narrative and an interest in participating in a stimulating and creative environment. Previous experience working collaboratively within a residency program and cultural facility is preferable.


The residency program is open to emerging, mid-career and senior level artists working in any medium.

The programme is only open to artists residing outside Kenya.
Studios, Facilities and Fees

The artist in residence will be provided with a spacious studio space located at Kuona Trust and have twenty-four hour access to the Centre’s facility. He/she will also receive a stipend, travel allowance for local transport and housing during the residency period. It is also expected that the artist stay for the full period  (2months).

The Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Art has subcontracted a private hire service from a tours and safari company, and makes this available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Centre related errands and outreaches for the Artists-in-Residence only. Cars are not available for extended use.

The artist in residence will be provided with a studio space and is expected to spend the majority of their stay working at the centre, interacting with local artists.

All artists in residence are expected to produce a body of work that will be exhibited at the end of the residency period.

Open Door Policy
Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Arts is open and free to the public Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. During this time the Centre welcomes the general public to view its exhibitions and visit artists’ studios. The Centre encourages the artists to invite the public into their studio unless they are at a place in their work where they cannot be distracted. On average the Centre attracts approximately 50 visitors per week and another 25 visitors on Open Studio Saturdays

Each artist in residence and affiliate artist provides 1-3 outreaches. Kuona Trust Resident outreaches are designed and determined with program staff from both Kuona Trust and the artist. The type and scope of these outreaches are mutually designed and agreed upon prior to the start of the residency. Typical outreaches consist of practical art classes, demonstrations, or other special programming.

Report s and Artwork

The artist is expected to submit a written report at the end of the residency. Kuona Trust also requires that the resident donate one of his art pieces to go into the centre’s private art collection.

Application Requirements

All applications must be sent via email and include:

  • Artist  Bio
  • Artist statement that provides background on your work as a whole.  This may include previous exhibitions, workshops and projects.
  • The month(s) you would prefer.  Please let us know how flexible you are.
  • A  brief letter of motivation stating  reasons for wishing to join the programme
  • At least 6 images of your recent work or links to website/blog
  • Published books and/or press
  • 3 character references (scanned written letters acceptable), provided with the application.  We’re looking for both references on your work, as well as, you as a person.

Where to send the application

Send all applications to

Applications are due by the 4th of March , 2015.All successful applicants will be contacted on or before the 31st of March 2015.


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