Strong creativity and innovation

for a better future

Creativity is a top 21 century skill. Creative people solve problems, set the goals of progress, and build a better future. 

We are MASK. We help young people to strengthen their creativity and innovation.

Art Gallery &

Innovations Gallery

Visit our current exhibition of MASK winning photographers

The Visual Tapestry:

20 July-7 August 2020


In partnership with Afrikan Gallery and The Viewing Room


MASK is developing its new website that will be launched in September 2020. 

Due to the coronavirus disruptions, the MASK Awards will open in January 2021.

Help us build a better world

MASK is a leading charity in the field of education for creativity and innovation in Africa. Your support will make a difference to thousands of educators and students.

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About MASK

Started as a small mobile unit in 2007 pioneering creativity clubs in schools in Kenya to fill the creativity education gap, we progressed sufficiently to present its work at UNESCO IIEP (France), UNESCO KNC (South Korea), Nairobi National Museum and RaMOMA (Kenya), Kenyan Embassy (France), SOAS University of London, Royal Overseas League, Turner Contemporary, Saatchi Gallery (UK), George Washington University, Woodrow Wilson Center, US Library of Congress, the White House (USA) and other institutions.

Following the presentation at the White House, in their letter to MASK Barack and Michelle Obama wrote: "As our world grows interdepended, we look forward to working together to the benefit of all nations and to strengthening the bonds between people."  We have been acknowledged by Education Innovations Initiative of Harvard University and by the Center for Education Innovation of the Results for Development Institute, and featured in a number of specialist and national press and media.

Working closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Education throughout, we were pleased to see the Kenyan education reform of 2017 that made creativity a “core competences” of the basic school curriculum. "MASK has been an absolute game-changer for my creative occupation" and "the driver of change in our society’" say our beneficiaries.

The images below are the works by MASK participants


The world where all young people can fully realise their creative potential


Children and young people  living in Africa

Teachers and education authorities in Africa

Local communities in Africa and society at large


MASK (Mobile Art School in Kenya) was founded in 2007 by London-based artist Alla Tkachuk who discovered while painting in Kenya that art practices in schools were critically limited.


To champion creativity and assist with learning and teaching creativity


Training young people and teachers

Developing learning and teaching material

Engaging in policy dialogue through exhibitions, conferences, and publications


To empower young people to achieve success and economic self -sustainability through strong creativity


Creativity Clubs in schools including 

Creativity for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Clubs 

MASK Prize creativity platform

Training Teachers

MASK work has been acknowledged by

Harvard University's Global Education Innovation Initiatives, US

Results for Development Institute's Center for Education Innovations, US

UNESCO InSEA (International Society for Education Through Art)

Barack and Michelle Obama, 2013


MASK Ambassadors

Adde Stephen

Ayuma Malika

Belinda Awino Agalo

Bonface Toiyanka Kiruti

Catherine Wanjiku Nderitu

Charles Waweru

Claire Njeri Kuria

Danielle Wijenje

Decra Kerubo

Derrick Shitote

Eddie Ochieng

Eliana Wijenje

Esther Mukuhi

Eunice Brenda Wambale

Humphrey Kagiri Irungu

Isaac Shamia

James Baya Mlanda

Jane Wanjiru Ndung’u

Jeff Kaguri Jeff Kaguri

Jesie Otumba

Joan Otieno

John Gift

John Melvin Onga’yi

John Njathi

Kevin Outa Odongo

Kigera Njau

Leah Wanjiru Njenga

Linus Daddiey Okok

Macloud Chiluka

Martin Njiru Mutegi

Nehemia Njoroge

Nicole Manuthu

Patrick Gitau

Raymond Mutisya

Risper Ambrose

Ritah Awuor

Rodgers Owera

Sachy Atieno Onyiso

Samantha Koi

Sandra Wauye

Teresa Wanjiku

Thomas Onkendi

Victoria Mong'are

Watson Mwangi


Tim Dann, Trustee

Prof John Gruzelier, Trustee

Clare Dilks, Trustee

Alice Magagnin, Trustee

Ludmila Lekes, Trustee

Sofia Carreira-Wham, Head of Social Media

Alla Tkachuk, Founding Director 


MASK is a UK registered charity No 1128734

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