The Ultimate Nairobi Arts Guide

The Nairobi Arts Guide is certainly your go-to resource for all things art in this city. It informs you about the various arts and cultural activities taking place.

Firstly, the Nairobi Arts Guide seeks to bring you relevant and up-to-date info about the arts. This looks at art exhibitions and events … what is happening, when, where, and more.

Secondly, it’s the place to know the art centers,  galleries … museums, cultural centers, and artists. In addition to these there are art news and highlights of business opportunities within the creative industry.

Joseph Bertiers painting -- Contemporary African Art
A painting by Joseph 'Bertiers' Mbatia hangs at the Goethe Institut Nairobi generating conversations among the Art Exhibition visitors - Photo/Isaac Miriri

Art Galleries in Nairobi

Nairobi visual Art is thriving going by the number of outstanding art events and activities at the top art galleries and agencies. As a result, some galleries offer high quality original contemporary African Art by artists within the Kenya’s capital … and the East African region.

These works of art are a production of artists within the city who come from Kenya and different countries of East Africa.

Also available are works of art from international artists living in Nairobi.

Nairobi has seen art collectors buying contemporary African art in the form of paintings and sculptures during the annual Art Auction East Africa.

Visual Art in Nairobi City

Nairobi Visual Art is vast and appeals to art lovers and collectors alike. This most importantly includes all forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, installation, mixed media, film and others.

Nairobi Art is rich with thriving art spaces and artists … making for an exciting cultural experience in the Kenyan Capital City.

Art and Cultural Centers in Nairobi
A lady admiring paintings – “Nairobi Catwalkers” – mixed media on canvas by MaryAnn Muthoni and “Feeling the Butterflies” - oil on canvas by Peter Elungat exhibiting at Alliance Française in Nairobi - Photo/Isaac Miriri

Art and Cultural Centers

Nairobi has various art and cultural centers. Each art and cultural center is unique in a certain way.

These provide you a substantial amount of art and culture experience … from visual to performance art, and literary arts plus some more.

The city has several local and foreign cultural centers that present Kenya, Africa and foreign cultures and some art too. And a good number of art centers and art collectives.

African Art Gifts

Nairobi is the ultimate shopping place for African gift items … ranging from collectors art pieces – paintings, sculptures … handmade African jewelry – ceramics, and more …

… to wildlife art bronzes, arts and craft items, glass art pieces … and popular objects like curios and more that can be purchased at the flea market.

Most of these art gifts have distinctive African cultural touches.

African Cultural Heritage and Museums

Most noteworthy museums are the Nairobi National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum … and the Nairobi Railways Museum.

Other places of African cultural heritage interest are the Bomas of Kenya, the National Archives within the city center, and the African Heritage house.

Another notable space is the Nairobi Gallery. It is a gazetted monument under the National Museums of Kenya. This gallery continues to exhibit the Murumbi African Heritage Collections in addition to holding temporary art and cultural exhibitions.

Nairobi Arts Reflect Kenya And East Africa

Contemporary African Art -- Nairobi Art
Kenyan Artist Fredrick Abuga working in his Kuona Trust Art Studio in Nairobi

The arts here are typically what you might find in any city … on the other hand there’s a touch of Africa here.

Some are with an African cultural twist … and some are informed by the day-to-day lifestyles of Nairobi and some global issues.

We highlight the major Nairobi annual art events and festivals …  as well as the occasional ones … and anything in between.

Art and photo exhibitions make up a huge part of the arts and entertainment calendar.

In Conclusion ...

The Ultimate Nairobi Arts Guide strives to bring you up-to-date info about all things Kenya Art … because this is mostly what’s available in the city. Whatever form of art you are interested in is available in one form or another.

Finally, if for any reasons you don’t find the information you’re looking for on this guide … just ask us here or on our social media pages.