About MASK



  • Human creativity is critical to cultural, social and economic transformation of lives of individuals and societies
  • Strengthening creativity of young people must be a main focus of education
  • Art education practices are essential to fostering strong creativity and innovation



The world where creativity is understood, valued, learned and practised



  • To champion 'Education for Creativity' and the 'Right to Creativity' for all
  • To develop effective creativity learning and teaching programmes for young people in Africa and elsewhere



To strengthen creativity of young people for enable their cultural, social and economic sustainability



  • Running programmes that build creative capacity of young people and teachers
  • Developing creativity learning and teaching framework through publications, manuals and toolkits
  • Networking with opinion and policy makers




Young people aged 3 to 25 years old, both school and non-school goers, who live in rural or urban communities, and who may be disadvantaged, disabled, or victims of conflict and violence.


Since 2006, working in more than 20 schools in Kenya, MASK's Creativity Clubs directly and indirectly benefed thousants young people. 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 2006, 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 education was limited. Her belief that art education in school is essential to young people's creativity led her to establishing MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya). "The MASK's purpose is to improve young people’s lives" says Alla.

"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 without whom the MASK's work would not be possible

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 registered charity No 1128734