NAIROBI ART GALLERIES
Explore the local talent with a visit to some of Nairobi’s acclaimed art galleries. Kenya’s capital is a hub for artisanal creativity, from traditional crafts to cutting edge technological innovations.
MATBRONZE ART GALLERY & FOUNDRY
Matbronze Art Gallery & Foundry features a display of over 600 hand cast bronze sculptures by wildlife artist Denis Mathews. From tiny lion cub paw prints to life sized crocodiles, the sculptures are impressive and fascinating to look at in their accurate representation of a diverse range of Kenya’s wildlife. There is also an art gallery exhibiting a selection of local artists and a delightful garden café serving delicious homemade snacks and meals.
The Kazuri Beads Factory Shop is located on what used to be part of Karen Blixon’s estate. Kazuri, which means ‘small and beautiful’ in Swhaili, produces handmade ceramic beaded jewellery and hand painted pottery. It began in 1975, employing a small group of single mothers. It now employs a workforce of over 300 women, with a mission to provide a sustainable income for less privileged families, by exporting high quality ceramic jewellery and pottery worldwide. Kazuri Beads is not far from the Karen Blixen Museum, so these two attractions are easy to combine into one outing.
CIRCLE ART GALLERY
African art is hitting the global art scene in a big way. The Circle Art Agency is Nairobi’s premier modern art gallery and offers a fantastic outing for collectors and enthusiasts alike. We recommend pre-booking your visit. Avid art enthusiasts can also book a private appointment to visit the gallery if the opening times are unsuitable, although this must be booked in advance and is subject to availability.
Both Kazuri Beads and Matbronze Art Gallery & Foundry are nearby trips for mid-morning or mid-afternoon when the giraffes are off browsing in the sanctuary surrounding the manor. If you are visiting the Circle Art Exhibition leave after breakfast to ensure you won’t miss out on any long-legged encounters whilst gone!