Tuesday, 26 July 2011

WeaverBirds from Uganda


One of Uganda’s current most exciting arts initiatives, Weaver Bird International Artists Residency (WEBIARE) was started as an inspiration from artist Collin Sekajugo’s mission of bridging the gap that exists between the arts and our communities here in East Africa.

Under the influence of brains like artists, Sanaa Gateja, Rose .N. Kirumira, Ronex Ahimbisibwe, Sheila Nakitende, Enoch Mukiibi, Donald Wasswa, Hassan Mukiibi and few more with a major objective of promoting the development of the Arts from community level in Uganda, WEBIARE came together under a brick house that was constructed in Ndegeya - Masaka purposely to host the first international artists residency which would be run as a community based program.

The Weaver Bird Artists Residency is synonymous with the ongoing efforts to establish the first Artists Village in Uganda which is strategically situated in a small community called Ndegeya; Luganda for “Weaver Bird”. Ndegeya is located only 5 miles from Masaka Town Center or 2.5 Miles off Masaka - Mbarara bypass highwayAs a community based initiative, the Weaver Bird Residency is aiming at developing a new image of Ugandan art as related to the society and social transformation while fostering development in our communities.

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