Katesi Jacqueline Kalange
Katesi was born in 1995 in Kampala, Uganda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art and industrial design from Kyambogo University, Uganda Her work finds its form in a fusion of painting, sculpture and performance installation art using a multitude of sustainable media and techniques including upcycling, recycling, re-using, smudging, use of a palette knife, weaving and welding.
During her work process, close attention is paid to how her five senses respond to their contact with the given surfaces, media and tools which lead to a transformation into a whole new being during and after. She relates this priceless bond that develops with that between a mother and her baby right from pregnancy to the conception stage which involves labour pains that finally lead to a new life; thereby referring to each of her creations as her babies.
Over the past several years, Kalange have participated in numerous group exhibitions across Uganda and internationally in Mauritius; Dubai UAE; and Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2021, she was awarded the Small Project Grant Fund by Goethe Zentrum, Kampala, and the Prince Claus Mentorship Award building beyond category.
Her works were published in Passport exhibition catalogue, Art Creates Water exhibition catalogue, Kampala Art Biennale virtual catalogue, East African Visual Artists Connect Exhibition catalogue, and KLA Art 2021 catalogue
Martin (b.1996) is a visionary artist, researcher, and curator whose work is dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals living with vitiligo. His transformative charcoal drawings on paper capture the essence of the skin condition, and his work serves as a powerful tool to educate the public and dispel harmful myths and stereotypes.
He holds a First Class Degree from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University, Uganda. His artwork has been featured in numerous publications, including the Guardian, Vanity Fair Magazine Italia, and the BBC World Service.
Martin has also gained recognition in the international art community, representing Uganda in ‘The Art of Africa Exhibition 2022’ at the Ven at Embassy Row in Washington DC and participating in the British Connect Delegation to the 59th Venice Biennale.
He has participated in several group shows in Uganda, and had a solo show in 2021 with Part of Us Exhibition – 1st Edition, Goethe Zentrum/UGCS Premises, Kampala, Uganda
In addition to his artistic achievements, Martin is an accomplished curator and organizer. He served as the Chairperson of a team of curators for ‘Tracing the Que-rator Exhibition’ at the Nommo Gallery and was the Assistant Curator of the ‘Njabala; this is Not How exhibition’ at the Makerere Art Gallery.
Florence Nanteza, the youngest of her siblings, found solace in drawing at a young age as a means of expressing her emotions and experiences. Growing up in a creative family, she was inspired by her father's love of art and honed her own skills. After completing high school, she fully embraced art as a powerful form of self-expression.
Her unique banana fiber collages quickly gained recognition among local expatriates and art lovers in the Masaka area. In 2020, she joined "Ndege Ya Akili", a creative incubator in Masaka that supports young Ugandan artists, which provided her with the platform, freedom, and confidence to further explore her artistic abilities.
Nanteza is deeply committed to wellness and the role of plants in promoting positive health and wellbeing. Today her artwork is a manifestation of childhood memories and dreams that she has continually fused with her knowledge of herbal medication that naturally heals the body and soul.
In 2020, Nanteza was awarded an Artist Residency at Weaver Bird Residency in Uganda. She has participated in several group shows across Uganda, Atlanta and Washington DC in USA, Dubai, UAE and Taipei, Taiwan. She had a solo show at UNFAIR 2023 in Milan, Italy.
Additionally, her works have been included in various publications including The independent newspaper and Art & Lusso UAE.
Arinitwe holds a Bachelors of Art and Design in Education from Kyambogo University, Uganda. In his practice, he uses art to communicate issues that are detrimental to the progress of African people covering themes that include destruction of the planet, and loss of Afrikan indigenous values and culture.
He is a painter, and a prolific mural artist with multiple public installations that engages community members across East Africa. As an artist and curator, for 2 years he ran the You Lead Summit, East Africa’s largest forum of young leaders, mentors, government officials and youth organizations. In the role he designed and built stages for speakers and created sculptures, giant murals leading to his first solo exhibition in 2021.
In 2021, CivFund awarded him the Kuonyesha Art Fund grant to create work that would draw public and policymaker engagement to plastic pollution choking Lake Victoria.
Arinitwe was chosen by the World Health Organisation to participate in a group exhibition, to highlight the issues of humanity’s destruction of the environment, and has partnered also with United Nations Environment Programme in Kenya and at UNEA. His work has been mentioned in multiple national news outlets in Kenya and Uganda.
More recently, he set up Plastik Talks, an organization that is using visual arts to engage the youth to fight for their environment.
Johannesburg, South Africa based visual artist with focus on drawing and printmaking. As an individual living with Albinism, Athenkosi's artworks explore the daily life and interactions of People Living With Albinism (PLWA). She is interested in drawing attention to the representation of PLWA, particularly in black South African communities
Cape Town, South Africa based multidisciplinary artist with focus on sculpture, printmaking, performance and installation. she explore various textile mediums with a predominant interest in wool and felting. The core of her practice deals with intimacy, vulnerability and cultivating a tender sense of self in uncertain times
Durban South Africa based abstract portrait artist whose work features semi-abstract portraits and figures who are rendered in a stylized manner. His subjects are done in a wash-like style, which metaphorically translates to nostalgia
Zama Cebsille Mwandla
Johannesburg, South Africa based visual artist whose work is a visual exploration & experimentation of rich vibrant seductive colors. They contains poetic connotations that depict gruesome, graphic & unusual imagery that portray her imagination of her life & surroundings
Tilga Art Fund partnered with Rele Foundation for the 2021 Awards. Unlike the previous year, we awarded grants to each of Rele Young Contemporaries to create works that were presented at the Young Contemporaries show at Rele Gallery.
The Fund recipients are Micheal Igwe (2nd year awardee), IyunOla Sanyaolu, Sabrina Coleman-Pinheiro, Victor Olaoye, Rachel Seidu, David Otaru and Aghogho Otega
Tilga Fund for the Arts is proud to support The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) Nigerian History Through Fifteen Artworks initiative with a grant to produce the first edition of prints of the selected artworks.
The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art of Pan-Atlantic University is an educational museum at the service of the university and the whole community. They believe that artworks, besides allowing viewers to experience multiple forms of beauty, meaning and skill, can also be an excellent educational resource to help persons of all ages engage, discover and learn about the history and culture of Nigeria. With this aim of teaching history through art, YSMA has designed a full-day program for senior secondary school students: “Nigerian History Through Fifteen Artworks”.
Using as a starting point fifteen artworks from the extensive art collection at the museum, the students will be able to learn about significant historical events and periods that have shaped the cultural and social heritage of Nigeria as we know it. Young learners will relive history in a different environment from the classroom and discover how art can capture moments of life in time.
The program involves a tour of the museum, with focus on the fifteen artworks, along with a video session. This will be followed by a discussion session between the students and the educator/artist.
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