M A S K (Mobile Art School in Kenya)


   Unleashing creativity and innovation in young people for

   personal and socio-economic development


    UK registered charity No: 1128734






11 December 2012. Article about MASK


Article about MASK by James Brewer "Mobile art project MASK brings hope to youngsters in Kenya", 11 December 2012.



10 December 2012. Video: MASK's student Joe Gatua speaks at UNESCO

Check MASK's students and staff speaking at UNESCO! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IllGhIGlI8g&list=PLNZdRn3u7ZPkqLdd2Jt7w5obhSRHSduuI&index=3


5 December 2012.  MASK Christmas drinks

MASK had Christmas drinks on 5 December at the Royal Overseas League in London. H.E. Dr Joe Sang, Minister Counsellor in charge of Cultural Diplomacy at the Kenya High Commission in London, Dr Lyndsay Bird, MASK’s Trustee, and to Brittany Glenn, MASK’s volunteer, spoke at the party.  The famous children's writer Kaye Umansky was amongst the guests. 





MASK is at UNESCO's HQ in Paris

MASK was invited to present its practice at the UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) Policy Forum "Engaging youth in planning education for social transformation" on 16-18 October 2012 at
UNESCO's HQ in Paris.  The Forum  was opened by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO,
and attended by 200 participants from around the world.

"Dear Alla, we deeply thank you for putting the effort to showcase the MASK paintings at the Forum.You and Joel put an important issue on the agenda in terms of the importance of creativity and art in education.  It was also great to see how Joel interacted with policymakers and academics to get his point heard." Policy Forum Organizing Committee, IIEP-UNESCO.

MASK exhibited its young people's artwork at the Forum. Joel Gatua, MASK's student, attended and spoke to the Forum. 
 MASK met and discussed a possible collaboration with the H.E. Mr Ababu Namwamba, Kenyan Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport, H.E. Prof Patrick Olweny, Kenya Vice Minister of Education, and Dr Mary Khimulu, Kenya Ambassador to UNESCO, as well as representatives of UNICEF, the Open Society Foundations and other organisations.

Read more in exhibitions




MASK success stories. "Taking my life to my destinations"

Jane Enyen, 17

Jane joined MASK’ club at Revered Githirwa Secondary School in the area of Lake Naivasha in Kenya two years ago.

She is now earning money by selling her own paintings to farmers around Lake Naivasha. ”I am very happy and I thank teacher John and Madam Alla for introducing MASK in my life, it helped me realize my talents. I am helping now my peers to draw and paint. I am very happy and my parents are happy with me too "





Joel Gatua, 20

Joel came to MASK club at Lariak Secondary School four years ago when he was 16. In 2011, he was signed up by one of the leading advertising agency in Kenya, got commissioned to paint murals in several restaurants in Nairobi and Mombasa. He has now rented a room where he is painting his art and giving lessons to the local children. He displays art on the walls of his room ‘for neighbours’ virtually turning it into an art gallery!

“Why do I like Art? It helps me think outside the box and keeps my mind,

spirit and emotions always busy. One day art will take me somewhere in my life, possibly to the international levels. I feel art is one of the hardworking and discipline-centred developer.”



Benson Kinyanjui, 16

Benson is an orphant. He attended MASK’s club at the Lariak Secondary School when he was 12. Since, Benson has sold his painings to Nairobi Club and collectors in London and Washington DC.


“Painting is an art that involves passing information to peoples through objects that are being painted. These include peace and beautifying our country. I love painting with all my mind and dignity. My dream is to study technology engeering and continue with art because painting is a talent. It can take my life to my destinations.”









23 May 2012


See our fantastic work at Hanne Howard Trust in Nairobi. http://www.mobileartschoolinkenya.org/HHF.html


29 November 2011-12 January 2012


MASK is showing at Woodrow Wilcon Center for Scholars, Washington DC.The Private View was opened by Nairimas Ole-Sein, the Kenyan Embassy, Steve MacDonald, the Director of the African Programme at the woodrow Wilson Center, and Alla Tkachuk, Director of MASK.















17 May 2011


Alla Tkachuk gave a live interview which was broadcast at the National TV station about MASK and art education.




13 May 2011


MASK and KENA GROUP is meeting with the Kenyan Minister for National Heritage and Culture, Mr Ole Ntimama, and Director of Culture, Mrs Gladys Gatheru.View our video by clicking on this link





6-13 May 2011


MASK organised workshops of our newly foemed KENA Group (Kenyan Emerging National Artists) out of some

our most talented young people.See the artworks by artists on our Art Gallery page




24 February 2011


We apploaded theKenya Ministry of Education MASK's Approval Letter



10 March 2011


You are invited to “Art Education in Kenya” seminar first in a series of seminars organised by MASK, SOAS,

and IoE to provide a platform to discuss art education in East Africa.

MASK: Art Education for Culture and Development in Africa



All Tkachuk (MASK, Mobile Art School in Kenya),
Dr Nicholas Addision (Institute of Education, University of London),
Donal Maingi (Birbeck College, University of London),
Mercy Kagia (Kingston University),
Chair: Chege Githiora ( SOAS, University of London)


10 March 2011, 5:00 pm

Room B102

Brunei Gallery

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Sguare,

London WC1H 0XG



Please RSVP to: cas@soas.ac.uk




3 February-3 March 2011

Art by MASK’s children is on show at Saatchi Gallery, London




Education Room

Saatchi Gallery

Duke of York's HQ

King's Road


London, SW3 4SQ

The works are by children in Kenya of mixed age and from a variety of schools.

They were working with MASK on two themes, 'Young Ambassadors for Peace', and ‘Painted Sounds'.

"The messages of peace and restoration are so heartfelt, it makes you stop dead in your tracks".

Angela Ficca, LL.M. Organization for the Protection of Children's Rights (O.P.C.R.). Canada

See more pictures at Exhibitions (to be uploaded shortly)






15 January 2011


The Article about MASK in one of the leading Keyan newspaper, The Star.




12 January 2011-26 January 2011

MASK’s artwork made a shortlist of 20 works for the annual Saatchi Gallery/Sunday Telegraph Schools Art Prize

and is shown at the Saatchi Gallery until 26th of January 2011, at the address:

Duke of York's HQ,

King's Road,




‘Extinguish Flames in Kenya’ by Duncan Mwangi, 14, is a public poster created by him at MASK’s artworkshop during the post-election violence in Kenya of 2008. Read more and see the selected picture on the Sunday Telegraph.


Director of the school, Alla Tkachuk, at the opening. It would be great if Duncan could be here...

Please support us by donating onwww.justgiving.com/Mobile-Art-School-Kenya/


26 May 2010

The Nation, the leading Kenyan newspaper has visited our schools in Naivasha and published an article about MASK and how its works affects children. We are very proud! Congratulations, MASK!




11-15 April 2010


MASK children's artwork is exhibited at Siragusa Gallery in Chicago, USA,

by MASK's artist Georgiana Phua who spent 4 weeks in Kenya as a volunteer teaching art to our kids.




March 2010


We run workshop at our Makutano Primary School " What makes a good teacher?" Children's' replied that good teacher is that who: explain well, teach good things, teach children to share food, who does not punish for mistakes, does not beat pupils, does not get angry and shout, finish the lessons, give advice and give homework.





March 2010. Teacher training workshop at MASK's Laikipia Center


Seven schools teachers, who help us to run our weekly art clubs at the MASK's schools, attended our teachers' workshop and party!





















March-April 2010.  PAINTING of the SOUNDS!!


We run abstract art workshops. We have bought a huge drum and invited children to paint sounds!!!




















January-February 2010

Mobile Art School in Kenya, MASK, is showing artwork by Kenyan childrenon a subject of HOPE

at the invitation of The Kenyan Embassy in Paris from 19 January to 18 February 2010.

read more on UNESCO's page about MASK

(click on invitation -right - to enlarge)

Private view is on 19 January at 5-7pm
in a presence of the Ambassador E. Odembo

The show will be open to public Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with
The International Institute for Educational Planningof UNESCO

Adress: 3 rue Freycinet, 75116 PARIS
Metro: Alma-Marceau (exit: President Wilson)


(click on invitation to enlarge)

















November 2009


Due to its popularity, MASK's network of art clubs grows rapidly!

Many THANKS to our incredible volunteers: Thomas Kanyoko,

John Githiri and Helen Gichuli! They have been immensely committed

to MASK's work and, driven by their own enthusiasm and strong believe

 in MASK's work has - since March 2009 - set up 10 more art clubs in

Laikipia and Naivasha regions.

They also suggestto organize for an annual competition among these

schools, which we will do! IMASK has now 15 art clubs which run weekly

 art workshops for their children.



They are:

Githirwa Art Club

Safe House Art Club

Street Boys Art Club

Lake Naivasha Art Club
Lariak Art Club

Sipili Deaf Art Club

Mirera Art Club

Bondeni Primary School

Makutano Primary School

Kiwanja Primary School

Rubiri Primary School
Kaharati Primary School
Young Roses Primary School

Shinning Stars Primary School
Kio PrimarySchool




13 October 2009,UNESCO General Conference, Paris


MASK exhibits children paintings at UNESCO during its General Conference.


July 2009

"One Year After The Conflict" at IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 20-31 July 2009

Private view and MASK's presentation is on 24 July 2009 from 5 to 7pm. Director Mark Bray of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning will be hosting the event. A cocktail will be held throughout.
IIEP UNESCO, 7-9, rue Eugčne-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France

In early 2008, MASK worked with child victims of the Kenyan post-election violence in displaced persons' camps in Nakuru town and schools in Laikipia. Children had been traumatised by witnessing people being killed and their houses set alight.

They hid in the bush, scared and hungry for days. Some lost their parents and now live with their siblings in over-crowded huts with their relatives who cannot feed them or pay

for their schooling. In the refugee camps, a few possessions covered by a plastic sheet have become their homes.

In 2009, one year after the conflict, children expressed their experiences and hopes for the future. The wounds are still open. Children want to go back to their lands and rebuild their houses. As a result of the conflict, famine and hunger became widespread in the country. This became the biggest concern to children, and they strongly expressed their daily struggle for food in their paintings.

The exhibition 'One Year After The Conflict' is to be shown at The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) UNESCO on 20-31 July 2009, and during the UNESCO General Conference in Paris in October 2009.

Alla Tkachuk, MASK's founding director, will give a short talk about MASK to the participants of IIEP/UNESCO Summer School 2009 on 24th July.




Just see what our kids at our Githirwa School Art Club do!

Thankyou to MASK volunteer teacher Tamara Berbee to bring this in our children.



March 2009


MASK exhibited children's work at the Kenya Society Annual Lunch at the Royal Over-Seas League in London

on 26 Marchand presented Dr. Sally Kosgei, Honourable Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology

an album of children'swork "ONE YEAR AFTER

THE CONFLICT". see Art Gallery










23rd February, 2009


"Children, Art and Africa" at The Kenya High Commission


Alla Tkachuk, the founder of the Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) had given a talk about MASK and had also exhibited paintings by Kenyan children on Monday, 23rd February, 2009,

at The Kenya High Commission, 45 Portland Place, London W1, organised by the Kenya Society



Letter of Support


We are happy to associate ourselves with the Mobile Art School in Kenya and its founders. This programme is the first of its kind in this country. Though the ministry of Education has some small allocation on art in schools the schools hardly utilize these facilities preferring to concentrate only on the examinable subjects. We hope that this programme can be extended to most parts of the country.Francis Apollo, Executive Director, Center for Conflict Resolution - Kenya, NGO






January 2009


MASK on local K24 TV Station

On 27 January, K24 Local television station aired a programme about MASK and the children of Lariak Art Club and how art can help to build peace between communities. We will try to put a video of this on our website soon. We are very proud and congratulate the children!




Educational Film on Poetry


MASK intends to make an educational film on poetry. Poetry is a compulsory subject in Kenyan secondary schools.

It is one of the feared subjects which most students believe to be hard/ difficult to understand.

As such we intend to demystify poetry. We are quite sure the film will reach many schools.

We’ve already identified ten poems that we are going to dramatize all composed by Kanyoko T. Kahari and

we’ve already started practicing them.























December 2008. "It has been a busy year!"



Due to its popularity, the Club has been invited to one day youth explosion day at a neighboring school which will involve youths from all spheres of life. The officials from the ministry of youth affairs and other non-governmental organizations will give their talks. The Club will exhibit paintings on that day. The event will take place on 6th December, 2008.

The Club is also expected to give a talk on MASK. Due to its popularity and uniqueness, The Club has received numerous calls and messages from active community groups enquiring on how MASK can be of assistance to their activities. These groups perform: plays, poems, songs and a few of them do painting. Most of their members are non-school going youth.

It has been a busy year. We thank all the supporters of MASK and its activities. We wish them all Merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year.

MASK is making film!

MASK has started making a film about drug abuse among youth. Written and directed by John Githiri, MASK volunteer teacher. See more on drama page.





23 October 2008


Exhibition of Kenyan children's art work following "What we say to our Government about post-election conflict in Kenya" workshops, at Stephenson Harwood Law Firm HQ in the City of London. See ourArt Gallery

















MASK's children wrote a poem about MASK



Before the advent of the artist,

MASK was unknown to us.

We were like lost strangers

In trackless plains.

Though we had something

We could tell the world,

How could we have told it from

The wilderness?

But like John the Baptist,

MASK came to prepare the

Way for us,

This is a bottle light

That lights the way of the


And us the lamps which are now

Lit never to be kept under.

By MASK our hilltop,

We shall tour the whole world,

And the world, we shall

Whisper what we know,

’cause soft words win hard hearts.





MASK's Lariak Art Club (LAC)


LAC is now meeting twice a week due to its popularity amongst pupil of LAriak Secondary School in Sipili, West Laikipia.

It has established Drama Club and has invited children from the neighboring Sipili School for the Deaf to participate in these workshops. Read more on Newsletter

We thank Lariak Secondary School teacher Kanyoko T. Kahari, MASK volunteer teacher, John Githiri and students Hellen Gichuki and Joel Gatua for their hard work and for making the Club such a success!









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