About MASK




Strengthening creativity must be a priority of education.





Creativity of all people is fully realised for the advancement of humanity.





  • To develop effective creativity-learning programmes and resources that improve real learning, employability, entrepreneurial skills and leadership
  • To champion ‘education for creativity’ and 'the right to creativity' for all.





To enable long-term socio-economic growth, success and sustainability of young people in Africa.





  • Training young people and teachers for creatively
  • Developing creativity learning and teaching material, manuals and toolkits
  • Engaging in policy dialogue and influence through production of policy briefs, conferences and exhibitions.






  • Children and young people aged 3 to 25 years old, school and none-school goers, disadvantaged and disabled, living in urban and rural regions of Kenya (and potentially other countries in Africa)
  • The Kenyan Ministry of Education and ultimately, teachers and educators in Kenya (and potentially other countries in Africa)
  • Local communities and sociey at large.


MASK Creativity Clubs has trained up to 2,500 pupils and up to 60 teachers in more than 25 schools in Kenya. The MASK Prize has attracted more than 6,500 participants in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa; its exhibitions were viewed by more than 550,000 people in Kenya, UK and USA.





  • "MASK made me an entrepreneur and a leader. My village elders invite me to their meetings -although I am so young - and ask for good ideas that can improve our community. I feel respected. I love this creativity. But before MASK came I did not even know I was creative." Joel Gatua, 22


  • "MASK developed my habit for innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug. Now I am employed for my “creative attitude” by a FTSE 100 company in Nairobi. I came from a small village in Kenya. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams!" Hellen, 27.



Read more MASK success stories









MASK Creativity Pedagogy Framework





  • Memorandum and Articles of Association







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 Kenya to paint. Working in rural communities, she began giving art workshops and discovered that art and creativity education was virtually non-existent in schools. Her conviction that art practices are essential to creativity-learning, and that creativity is the driver of progress and prosperity led her to establishing the MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) in 2007.

"MASK has started something which others are now beginning

to recognise as an essential part of human growth and development."

MASK Trustee Dr Lyndsay Bird











Jeff Koinange

Africa's renowned journalist and broadcaster

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Renowned artist

Hannah O'Leary

Sotherby's Director and 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.






Thank you to MASK supporters and donors

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




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MASK is a UK Charity Commission registered charity No 1128734