Welcome to MASK


MASK: Strengthen creativity for a better future

MASK strengthens creativity and innovation of young people to improve their learning, employability, entrepreneurial skill and leadership.


Technology in 21 century advances at a rate equivalent of the millennia of change compressed within a single lifespan. This surge brings great opportunities and creates new obstacles. Young people are faced with a particular challenge: to survive and succeed they will need to have strong creativity - the source of the powerful intellect, resilient personality and positive work ethics. Creativity today is their success tomorrow.


Share creativity

at our new

Museum of


African Art

for Youth

(coming soon)

Creativity is what separates those who are prepared for the work and life

in  21 century and those who are not

Artwork by MASK Prize participant Nicole Riziki, 19, Kenya

"MASK made an entrepreneur and a leader. Since finishing school I developed a couple of businesses, growing vegetables and a gym. I started teaching creativity at my local school, for which I get paid, and gathered parents to talk to them about goodness of creativity. My village elders invited me to their meetings and asked me to give them "good ideas" that can improve our community. I went to UNESCO in Paris to present MASK’s work. I feel respected. I feel I make difference. I love this creativity! But before MASK came I did not know I was creative!"

Joel, 20, Kenya

(Joel went to the same school as Hellen)

MASK former students say:

 "MASK developed my habit of innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug which my college intended to patent. At my first job after only four months I was promoted to a supervisory position having suggested some innovative solutions, supervising a team of an all-men who have been at the company for years. I now work at a major global company that had chosen me out of more than 200 candidates for my "creative attitude”. MASK empowered me beyond my dreams."

Hellen, 28, Kenya

(Hellen went to a rural school where MASK ran its creativity club)


Artwork by MASK Prize participant Eddy Ochieng, 23, Kenya

About MASK

images below are works by MASK participants


The advanced world where all young people can fully realise their creative potential


Children and young people  living in Africa

Teachers and education authorities in Africa

Local communities and society at large


MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) was founded in 2007 by London-based artist Alla Tkachuk. While painting in Kenya she volunteered art workshops in schools and discovered that the art practices that engender creativity were limited.


To champion and provide education for creativity and to develop effective creativity-learning and creativity-teaching resources


Training young people and teachers

Developing learning and teaching materials

Engaging in policy dialogue through MASK exhibitions, conferences, and publications


To enable young people to achieve success and economic self -sustainability in 21 century through strong creativity


Creativity Clubs

Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs (CEL)

MASK Prize Creativity Platform

Training Teachers


Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY)

MASK work has been acknowledged by

Harvard University's Global Education Innovation Initiatives

Results for Development Institute's Center for Education Innovations

UNESCO InSEA (International Society for Education Through Art)



The Pioneer of modern African art artist Ibrahim El-Salahi

Kenyan leading journalist and broadcaster Jeff Koinange, Kenya

Sotherby's Director and Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art Hannah O'Leary

Celebrated and renowned actor Charles Dance OBE


Dr Lyndsay Bird

Tim Dann BA

Professor David Dilks

Professor John Gruzelier


Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA

Curiculum Advisor

Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London

Exhibitions curators

Raymond Mulinge and Watson Kanui, Nairobi


MASK Creativity Ambassadors, MASK Alumni

MASK Prize Judges Panel members

Exhibitions venue staff

Artists and schoolteachers

Donors and supporters

"MASK has started something which is now recognised as an essential part of human growth and development." Trustee Lyndsay Bird

“MASK's work is ground-breaking and important to the young Africans going forward.” Trustee Tim Dann


MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734

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