KAB 18 Programme

The Studios – May till August 2018

The seven Masters each spend 10 days in Kampala with apprentices from Uganda and from all over the world, selected through an open call.

August 24th – 31st , 2018- Opening week

Opening Day – Friday 24th August 4pm

The Official opening of the event is accessible for the general public. After a short ceremony, The Studios will open at various locations within a 7000 m2 warehouse at Design Hub Kampala. Join us and be the first to witness the marvelous contemporary artworks, installations, video and performances from the masters and their apprentices. Please note that access to the studio’s will only be open from 4 pm – 7 pm on the opening day and will be closed during the party.

The Studios will be open daily from 10 am – 6 pm from 25th August – 24th September

KAB18 Opening Party – Friday 24th 9pm till late

The opening party might be the highlight of the Biennale for many. Dance the night away with our favourite Kampala DJ’s, meet the artists and enjoy the transformation of the main warehouse space into the KABlounge and KABBAR, which will be open for the duration of the biennale and also double as a press center.

Open Studio Tours – every Saturday (25th Aug, 1 Sept, 8 Sept, 15 and 22 Sept)

Studio Mzili, Image by Art Uganda

The Open Studio Tour is a great way to discover Kampala’s vibrant art scene and meet with local artists in their studios, learn more about their work and motivation. The participating studios / artists are: Henry Mzili Mujunga, Paul Ndema, Sanaa Gateja, Collin Sekajugo, Ismael Kateregga, Fred Mutebi, Art Punch Studio, Ronex and Reagan Kandole.

More information about the schedule for visiting will follow.

Symposium ‘The Light’ – Sunday 26th August 3 pm

Curated by Simon Njami, the symposium will be attended by local and international art tutors, professors and students, supplemented by networking, study visits, keynote lectures, discussion panels and personal exchange opportunities. The focus is on learning and sharing of knowledge.

The Symposium takes place in the KABlounge of the warehouse at Design Hub Kampala.

Film Screening – N.G.O.  Nothing Going on – Sunday 26th August 7 pm

Synopsis: “Tevo and Zizuke have lost faith in their dreams, until the day Tevo meets with Elizabeth, the long awaited American tourist, and makes her believe that he runs an NGO that saves poor African children. From there, the two friends will be pulled into a string of lies that will bring them money and trouble”
Written and Directed by : ARNOLD AGANZE
Duration: 83 min

KABLAB Business Forum – Monday 27th August 9 am

The Arts& Business Forum is a special platform, a ‘Lab’ where creativity is celebrated with local organisations and Kampala residents. It is also a valuable network between business leaders in Uganda and potential investors from around the world under the theme of building bridges using art and culture.

KABLAB takes place in the KABlounge of the warehouse at Design Hub Kampala.

Critical Art Writing Workshop – 22nd til 26th August  9 am – 4.30 pm

Art writing. Image: lisaskuret.com

The KAB18 art education programme will focus on art critique. In order to develop a vibrant art industry, there must be Artists, Galleries, Art Critics, Art Collectors and Museums. We believe that the younger generation, if nurtured and guided will become tomorrow’s art critics and writers.

The main objective of this programme is to learn how to observe works of art, to question how they are elaborated, to interview artists and to place the works in an artistic movement. But it is also to learn how to place oneself as spectator; sensible and capable of critique. Nine participants from East Africa have been selected to participate in the programme.

The programme will be conducted by Mr. En Liang Khong, arts writer and cellist. En Liang Khong is assistant digital editor at frieze, a leading arts magazine. His writing on politics and art has been published in Prospect, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and The New Inquiry.

School visits – Every Monday and Tuesdays

In collaboration with KCCA , KAB18 will organise special tours and educational visits to the biennale venue. Children will be able to explore the different art forms and engage in various learning exercises.