2014 MASK PRIZE
EXHIBITION AT SAATCHI GALLERY
LONDON, 8 SEPTEMBER - 8 NOVEMBER 2014
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VIDEO of the Opening at the Saatchi Gallery, click here
"Governments in Africa don't support the arts in a way they should. The MASK PRIZE is giving young Africans their humanity back", said Ibrahim El-Salahi at the Opening.
The 2014 MASK PRIZE was opened by MASK Patron, Ibrahim El-Salahi, the celebrated African Modernist artist, at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 4 September.
Amongst the guests were Lady Sainsbury, founder of the Linbury Trust; Susan Rivers and Tina Bolton, the trustees of Rivers Foundation that supports the prizes of the 2014 MASK PRIZE; Thairu Ndungu, Kenyan financier; Major General Roddy Porter, Director General of the Royal Over-Seas League where the 2014 MASK PRIZE will be exhibited in January; Njambi McGrath, famous Kenyan comedian; Sir Eldryd Parry, prominent physician and founder of the Tropical Health Trust; Kenyan artist Sian Daniels; Elsbeth Court, the arts of Africa expert; and Corrie Wingate.
Corrie Wingate of the Anidan Childrens Home in Lamu said: "One of our pupils, Clement Mureithi, 9, won the Second Prize. Before Clement won, our children wanted to do football. Now, they all want to do art!"
The guests were also addressed by Francesca Wilson, Director of Education at the Saatchi Gallery, and Alla Tkachuk, founder of MASK and the MASK PRIZE.