Transformation / Mabadiliko. Where Computer Animation Arts at UCA &

the MASK School for Creativity and Innovation in Kenya Collaborate


February 2016

New exhibition features unique creative exchange between young artists from Kenya and Computer Animation graduates from the UK

Transformation / Mabadiliko. Where Computer Animation Arts at UCA Rochester & the MASK School for Creativity and Innovation in Kenya Collaborate

When: 11 March – 22 April 2016

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm

Venue: Zandra Rhodes Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Kent

Entry is FREE. For more information call +44 (0)1634 888702 or visit www.uca.ac.uk/galleries/zandra-rhodes-gallery. 

A new multimedia exhibition, opening at the Zandra Rhodes Gallery in Rochester, will reveal the possibilities of artistic partnership over space and media.

For this project, a series of graduate students from the BA in Computer Animation Arts (Rochester) have been invited to respond to the winning artworks of the MASK Prize, a creative competition for schools and young people under the age of 25 in Kenya. Each animator has worked with one selected artwork and produced a short animation based on it. This initiative constitutes a unique creative exchange between young artists in Kenya and recently graduated animators in the UK.

In order to allow communication between practitioners in the two countries, the following blog has been set up: www.caamask.blogspot.co.uk. This tool facilitates exchange between the original creators of the artworks and the animators working with them now, and it will also function as a record of the creative process behind each animation. Extracts of the on-going conversations will also be on view at the gallery.

Alla Tkachuk, Director of MASK, explains: “I think animation is the future of contemporary art. Digital technologies, combined with fine art, offer a fantastic new artistic experience!"

Phil Gomm, course leader, adds: “Computer Animation Arts has a reputation for exciting collaborative working and using computer animation technology in surprising ways to enrich and vivify other creative disciplines. Our work with MASK continues that tradition, as our graduates work closely with seven Kenyan artists in bringing their award-winning artworks to life."

Notes to Editors:

For over 150 years the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester has been leading the way for art and design education. Building upon its reputation for providing the creative industries with the brightest talent, UCA is the top specialist arts university in the Complete UK University Guide league table.

MASK School for Creativity and Innovation (also known as the Mobile Art School in Kenya) trains young people in Kenya in creative thinking and innovation to increase their employment opportunities and to fulfil their potential.  It is a UK registered charity. For more information see http://mobileartschoolinkenya.org/aboutmask.html 


The MASK Prize is a national creativity competition with prizes for schools and young people under the age of 25 in Kenya and the rest of Africa.  Themed “Young People-The Creative Nation,” it hopes to unite young people in their celebration of the value of art in a wider context of growth and change. Young people and schools submit their art and music online by 1 May of each year, and receive their prizes at an official award ceremony in Nairobi in the following month. The programme is in its 4th year.  For more information see http://mobileartschoolinkenya.org/mask-prize/index.html   

Daydream by Samson Lazima, Jali Louis Tamlyn, 18, Nairobi. Animation by Ethan Shilling

Greener Pastures and the Colours of Youth by Churchill Ongere, 21, Kisumu. Animation by Emily Clarkson