Enrties received: 1,200
Number of schools participated: 16
Countries participated: Kenya
Number of prizes awarded: 18
Award Ceremony was attended by 400 people
Prizes totalling 300,000 Ksh (£2,500) are supported by Rivers Foundation (UK). Our special thanks to our judges.
Naivasha Unity Primary School, Naivasha
Anidan Children Home, Lamu
Cogri Art Club, Nairobi
NPG Academies Primary Schools
Riara Spring Primary
UNDER 15 CATEGORY
Alan Kiptoo, 4
Fahima Munene, 12, Anidan Children Home, Lamu
Hannah Gathon, 9, Cogri, Nairobi
Shela Foster, 9, Hillcrest Preparatory School, Nairobi
UNDER 25 CATEGORY
1st Prize, Paula Karanja, 20, Nairobi
2nd Prize, Churchhill Ongere, 23, Kisumu
3rd Prize, Richard Kuria, 22, Bungoma, Kenya
4th Edwin Wainaina, 18, Nairobi
5th Paul Kidero, 19, Nairobi
6th Samson Lazima Jali and Louis Tamlyn
Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust, Nairobi
FILM & VIDEO
Hanna Nebiyu, 16, Niarobi
Crew Teflon, Ben Vic, Timmy Tim, Biior, and Kavi, Nairobi
Crew Teflon (rappers Ben Vic, Timmy Tim, Biior and Kavi) singing thier song 'The Star', Nairobi
Hanna Nebiyu, 16, Niarobi singing her song 'Run' about child soldiers
Michael Joseph Art Center, Nairobi, 26 May 2015
The Ceremony was officially opened by the Member of the Kenyan Parliament The Hon. Stephen Kariuki who said:
"MASK sparks creativity. Education in African contries does not give enough attention to the arts in comparison with the Western countries. And we can see the diffrence between the children grown in the West and other children. If we do not explore our creativity, our innovation, then we will never get where we want to be."
The prizes were awarded by the Kenyan renowned artist Peterson Kamwathi and musician Shiphton Onyango.
14 December 2015 - 7 January 2016
The exhibition was co-curated with students from MA Curatorial Practice at the University of the Creative Arts and the course's leader Dr Terry Perk. It was officially opened by the Counsellor-Education at the Kenyan High Commission in London Dr Margaret Lesuuda and attended by Alan Rivers and MASK's Chair of Trustees Dr Lyndsay Bird.
Click on the clip below for the slides of the artwork exhibited.
Dr Margaret Lesuuda, Counsellor-Education, Kenya High Commission in London
Alan Rivers of Rivers Foundation that supports the MASK Prize prizes
12 April - 22 May 2016
MASK presented selected work at Turner Contemporary, one of leading public galleries in the UK. The
jewel of the exhibition was a series of animated paintings that MASK's artists created for the 'Mabadiliko' exhibition. https://youtu.be/baGmjAmmJ54
"This exhibition connects to the Turner Contemporary's vision 'Art Inspiring Change' and enables visitors to see the world differently through the creativity of Kenyan young people", Turner Contemporary said about the MASK show.
11 March - 22 April, 2016
Transformation / Mabadiliko
Winners of MASK Awards 2015 and graduates of Computer Animation Arts at the University of the Creative Arts collaborated on the production of the multimedia exhibition 'Transformation/Mabadiliko'.
Animators Vikki Kerslake, Emily Clarkson, Nat Irwin, Ethan Shilling, Samantha Niemczyk, and Steven Payne animated paintings by Paula Karanja, 20, Churchill Ongere, 21, Shela Foster, 9, Allan Kiptoo, 4, Samson Lazima,18, Jali Louis Tamlyn, 18, Edwin Wainaina, 18, and Fahima Munene, 12 building on their ideas and meaning.
Artists communicated via an online blog revealing exciting possibilities of artistic partnership over media and space. You can read the blog here: http://caamask.blogspot.com/
"Working on this project opened for me the whole new reality, art became a whole new concept! Brilliant!" said our Edwin Wainaina, 18.
The animations, prints of the paintings, and extracts of the blog were exhibited at the University of the Creative Arts (Zandra Rhodes Gallery). This exchange gave MASK's young people the opportunity to work with UK young artists, collaborate in online space, and create new cutting-edge pieces of art. For MASK, this was an opportunity to integrate ICT into our CE practice.
Alla Tkachuk, Director of MASK, explains: “We wanted to inspire young Kenyans to produce new art combining their artistic sensibilities and modern digital technology. This approach is the future of art."
Phil Gomm, course leader, adds: “Computer Animation Arts has a reputation for exciting collaborative working and using computer animation technology in surprising ways to enrich and vivify other creative disciplines. Our work with MASK continues that tradition, as our graduates work closely with seven Kenyan artists in bringing their award-winning artworks to life."
You can see the animations here:
What the Noise Gave Me
Greener Pastures and the Colours of Youth
Lamu Under Orange Skies
Mark Little, Executive Dean Faculty of Fashion, Architecture & Design; Alan Cooke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Emma Brasso, Exhibition Curator; Alla Tkachuk, MASK Founder; Rhill Gomm, Course Leader Computer Animation Arts; Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice Chancellor of the UCA at the opening of the exhibition, 14 March 2016