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Published:April 24th, 2006 04:22 EST
Your Guide to Contemporary African Art Online

Your Guide to Contemporary African Art Online

By Juliet Maruru

 

AfricanColours is one such helping hand. AfricanColours is a web-based organization set up in 2000. The AfricanColours team works from Nairobi and Amsterdam: Andrew Ranja (Director), Andrew Njoroge (director and Editor), Tereneh Mosley (Marketing director), Jackie Mburu (Program assistant and PR), Hamilton Juma (Web and graphic designer) this team is assisted by consultants Jimmy Ogonga and Sagwa Chabeda. Country representatives are Stephen Garan`anga in Zimbabwe, Edmond Bambara in Burkina Faso, Hama Goro in Mali and Carla van Beers for the international pages in The Netherlands.

AfricanColours aims to promote art and artists from Africa to a wider audience, to empower and encourage artists to use their creativity towards the artistic and economic development of Africa, to inform and educate the artists, entrepreneurs involved in art and the general public, to establish a cultural network for the exchange of ideas and information in the African continent, and to stimulate the use of internet technology to generate income.

Visual artists can have a portfolio on AfricanColours by sending in the application form. Art or Art related organizations can have their website linked on AfricanColours or they can advertise with a banner or host space at AfricanColours to promote their projects and/or to make an own website. Artists, Journalists, and writers are invited to send in editorials and visuals.

AC also mediates and assists when an artist wants to sell their work. This service attracts a minimal commission from the final sale of art works sold at exhibitions and on the website.  

AC also mediates and assists when an artist wants to sell their work. This service attracts a minimal commission from the final sale of art works sold at exhibitions and on the website.  

Unfortunately, my brother is not alive today, but I am sure that he would have been happy to know that someone came up with the idea to help artists establish their careers and generate income.