About MASK



Creativity is essential for transformation of lives of individuals and societies.



The world where creativity is widely understood, learned and practised.



To champion creativity for socio-economic change, and the MASK's termed Right to Creativity for all.



To strengthen creativity of young people for empower them for socio-economic sustainability.



  • Running programmes building human capacity of students and teachers
  • Developing creativity pedagogical framework through publications, manuals and toolkits
  • Advocacy and networking activities with opinion and policy-makers.




We work with young people from 3 to 25 years old, school and non-school goers, living in rural communities, disadvantaged, disabled, and victims of conflict and violence.


Since 2007, working in more than 20 schools in Kenya, MASK directly and indirectly benefed thouzants young people. ONe of its progrmame The MASK Prize has attracted more than 6,500 participants in East and South Africa. Its exhibitions have been seen by more than 450,000 people in Kenya and beyond.


MASK success stories





MASK has enjoyed a critical acclaim in the national and specialist press in Africa and beyond.



In 2007, London based artist Alla Tkachuk went to paint in Kenya. Working in rural communities, she began giving art workshops to children in schools, and discovered that the 'art for creativity' education was very limited. Her belief that art is essential to child’s development led her to establishing MASK in 2009. "The purpose is to improve young people’s lives", says Alla. Initially known as the Mobile Art School in Kenya, the organisation is now known as MASK.

"MASK has started something which others are now beginning to recognise as an essential part of human growth and development."

Dr Lyndsay Bird, MASK Chair of Trustees











Jeff Koinange

Africa's renowned journalist and broadcaster

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Renowned artist

Hannah O'Leary

Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art at Sothebys



Dr Lyndsay Bird Chair of the Trustees

Charles Dance OBE

Tim Dann

Professor David Dilks




Alla Tkachuk MSc FRSA




  • Dr Chege Githiora, the Chairman of the Centre of African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • Dr Nicholas Addison, Visiting Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, University of London, and author of Understanding Art Education (2010), Art Critics and Art Historians in Schools (2003), En-Quire: Critical Minds (2006), co-editor of Learning to Teach Art and Design in the Secondary School (2007) and Debates in Art and Design Education (2012), UK.
  • Business advisors Mark Call and Thairu Ndungu.





Special THANK YOU to our supporters and donors!

To succeed, young people need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative.



MASK is a UK Charity Commission registered charity No 1128734






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MASK is a UK Charity Commission charity No 1128734