About MASK


M.A.S.K. (Mobile Art School in Kenya) is a UK creativity education charity estiblished in 2007.


MASK believes that creativity must be a priority of 21st century education.


Our vision is the world where creativity of all people is fully realised for the advancement of individuals, communities and society at large.

Our mission is to:

  • Develop effective creativity learning resources that improve employability, entrepreneurial and leadership skills of young people
  • To champion education for creativity and the right to creativity for all.


We aim to enable success and self-sustainability of young people.


Our activities include:

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


Our beneficiaries:

  • Children and young people aged 3 to 25 years old, 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 society at large.


Since 2007, MASK Creativity Clubs has trained up to 2,500 pupils and up to 60 teachers in more than 25 schools in Kenya. Since 2013, MASK Prize has attracted more than 6,500 participants in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mauritius, Nigeria, Cameroon, and South Africa; its exhibitions were viewed by more than 550,000 people in Kenya, the UK and USA.


MASK 's former students say:

  • "MASK made me an entrepreneur and a leader. My village elders invite me to their meetings and ask me for "good ideas" to improve our community. I feel respected. I fel I make a difference. I love this creativity! But before MASK came I did not know I was creative." Joel, 22
  • "MASK developed my habit for innovating. While studying chemistry in college I invented a new drug that my college intended to patent to sell to local manufacturers. I now work at a global corporation in Nairobi that chose me out of more than 200 candidates for my “creative attitude”. I come from a remote small village in Kenya. Creativity empowered me beyond my dreams." Hellen, 27.


Read more MASK success stories


MASK Programmes:


For our pedagogy framework please visit our Creativity Clubs page


Policies include:

  • Memorandum and Articles of Association


Press and Media

MASK has enjoyed acclaim in national and specialist press.


Our history

Traveling to Kenya to paint in 2006, London-based artist Alla Tkachuk volunteered art workshops in local schools and discovered that the aspects of education for creativity were severely limited. This led Alla to establish the Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) 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

Angela Strachan



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.



We thank our supporters without whom MASK was would not be possible

And beneficiaries

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




MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734






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