Young Artists finance their Education with the sale of their art
In Kibera, there are limited opportunities for creative expression and participation in art for children and youth, despite a plethora of artistic talent. The Uweza art gallery opened in 2013 to provide art students with their own space and materials to paint and market their artwork, which is sold online, at the gallery and through events and exhibitions. 60% of all sales goes to the artist. 40% of sales goes back into the gallery to pay rent and purchase supplies.
Several of the artists have been able to pay the entirety of their primary, high school and post-secondary education through the sales of their artwork, and many of the older artists are able to fully support themselves through their sales. Uweza art gallery also hosts free art classes for children from Kibera twice a week.
Winnie, 13 years old
And her latest painting,