Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mathias Muwonge Kyazze: the master of glass art

Mathias Muwonge Kyazze

Mathias Muwonge Kyazze

How did you go about becoming an artist?

I was always interested in drawing geography maps and science drawings at primary school.  At home, I was involved in mat weaving and basket making. I started formal art classes in Senior One. Senyondwa Deus was then my best friend. He is now a lecturer at Kyambogo University. He inspired and encouraged me because he was a better drawer. I studied art through high school to attaining a Masters degree.  I am still practicing, and becoming more of an artist.

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What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on two major stained-glass design projects. One at St. Charles Lwanga Church in Ntinda near UNEB, and another at St. Joseph’s Church, Nansana.

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Where do you see your art practice in the next five years?

It is difficult to predict because it depends so much on the design commissions I receive. I the meantime, I am thinking of developing more into an art and design consultancy.

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Can you tell me about an artist whose life/work you really like?

Prof. G Kyeyune’s paintings and sculptures inspire me a lot. So do (Mary) Naita’s.

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What would you say in a short text message to an aspiring artist?

Getting to know what other artists have done, and written about in art and related disciplines, is key to shaping one’s art practice.

 

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Mathias Muwonge Kyazze can be reached at +256 777 912 122

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Dr. Venny Nakazibwe: Luminary of art education

Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, Dean MTSIFA

Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, Dean MTSIFA

Dr. Venny Nakazibwe is the Dean of  Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Venny,  as she is widely known, is a joyous and efficient leader. In 2005 she attained her PhD from Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom. Her thesis title was Bark-cloth of the Baganda People of Southern Uganda: a Record of Continuity and Change from the Late-Eighteenth Century to the Early Twenty-First Century and it won the Roy Sieber Dissertation Award, ACASA, in 2007. Her time as Dean of MTSIFA has seen increased participation in international artistic engagement through student and lecturer exchanges, art exhibitions, conferences, seminars and workshops. These have brought together not only professional artists and educators, but also Ugandan artisans with a focus on textiles and health. 


Henry Kasujja: Luminary of Art Education

Henry Kasujja, Head of Art Department, St. Henry's College Kitovu

Henry Kasujja, Head of Art Department, St. Henry’s College Kitovu

Mr. Henry Kasujja, is an art teacher and Head of the Art Department at St. Henry’s College, Kitovu, Masaka District, Uganda. He was educated at the Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo, (now Kyambogo University), a well respected institution for art educators. He has drive, passion and commitment to his work, and above all a fondness for his students. When we met in mid-November 2013, his Senior Four students had completed their exams and were leaving campus. Many of these students sought him out to thank him and say their farewells, as we walked in the beautiful school grounds of mature trees, football fields, basketball courts, and above all sculptures. It is an enviable environment for any secondary school student.

Old Boys of Kitovu include art luminaries like Joseph Ntensibe, the late Fabian Kamulu Mpagi, Joseph Kivubiro Tabawebbula, Elly Tumwine, and John Bosco Kanuge. The deceased artist Francis Musangogwantamu taught here in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He built a strong foundation in the art department as evidenced in the many practicing artists he taught, as well as the sculptures on the school campus, in the Kitovu Catholic diocese grounds, Masaka District, and in Villa Maria Parish cathedral grounds in Kalungu District. Kasujja continues this legacy. How appropriate for a Henry to be teaching at St. Henry’s!

One of the art rooms at St. Henry's College Kitovu

One of the art rooms at St. Henry’s College Kitovu

 

Students studying in the Founders' Park, St. Henry's College Kitovu

Students studying in the Founders’ Park, St. Henry’s College Kitovu

 

Alex Drani, 1970. A warm welcome as one enters St. Henry's College Kitovu.

Alex Drani, 1970. A warm welcome as one enters St. Henry’s College Kitovu.

Henry Kasujja, Head of Art Department, St. Henry's College Kitovu

Henry Kasujja, Head of Art Department, St. Henry’s College Kitovu


Associate Professor George Kyeyune: a Luminary of Art Education

George Kyeyune meeting with some of his students in his studio, November 2013

George Kyeyune meeting with some of his students in his studio, November 2013

 

George Kyeyune is one of the leading artists in Uganda today. His sculptures can be found in public places in Kampala, and his paintings can be seen at Afriart Gallery, Kamwokya. Besides his own art practice, Kyeyune has nurtured and educated many artists active in Uganda today. At Makerere Art School, his gentle manner, considered responses to challenging situations, and thoughtful analysis of Uganda’s art history, make him one of the most sought after lecturers.

 

George Kyeyune with his students, November 2013

George Kyeyune with his students, November 2013

 

George Kyeyune, a thoughtful listener

George Kyeyune, a thoughtful listener

 

When all is done, George Kyeyune, reaches out to the outside world.

When all is done, George Kyeyune, reaches out to the outside world.


Luminaries of Art Education: Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira

Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira

Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira

Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira teaches sculpture at Makerere University in the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA). It is a mouthful of a name, therefore many people just call it Makerere Art School. She is superb! Her students love her. She tells jokes in the midst of a serious class on the technical details of building a sculpture in concrete. Her colleagues, for instance, Dr. Lilian Nabulime are happy to be working with her. She was my lecturer too … but that was too many years ago!

Over the next few days, I will feature a short series on art educators that I am calling Luminaries of Art Education. I hope you enjoy it.

Margaret Nagawa

Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira teaching at MTSIFA

Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira teaching at MTSIFA

Bridget Aleni, the only female student in the class of 11

Bridget Aleni, the only female student in the class of 11

Jason Icoot, making the armature, an early stage of the sculpture process

Jason Icoot, making the armature, an early stage in the sculpture-making process

Some of Dr. Rose Kirumira's students at MTSIFA

Some of Dr. Rose Kirumira’s students at MTSIFA

When class is done, Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira reaches out to the outside world

When class is done, Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira reaches out to the outside world