My Journey through African Heritage; Gallery Walk

AfricanColours is organizing their third Gallery Walk scheduled for the 29th (Saturday) September 2007. The walk will start by meeting at their Chester house office, Koinange Street for registration. It will then proceed to THE MURUMBI GALLERY which was opened on December 6th, 2006 in commemoration of Joseph Murumbi who together with his wife Sheila were among Africa’s foremost collectors. Their collections of books (several thousand printed before l900), postage stamps, textiles, art, sculpture and jewellery are now finally displayed on the ground floor of the Kenya National Archives in the new Murumbi Gallery. I must add that there are two vast floors full of artworks from all over Africa.

The ultimate destination will be to the most photographed house in Africa, Alan Donovan’s house in Athi River. Alan Donovan was a co-founder of African Heritage, the continent’s first pan-African gallery in Nairobi which became a pioneering craft retail and wholesale operation. Alan’s residence is in itself a unique art gallery with collections of artifacts from all over the African continent ranging from masks to fabrics to paintings and sculptures.

He has also published a book “My journey through African Heritage”, a detailed journal that documents over 3 decades of Alan’s life and experiences in Africa. Throughout this time he was influential in the culture, art, and politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. The book includes colorful documentaries of events, both humorous and hair-raising.

The book is available from Kenway Publications, an imprint of East African Educational Publishers. Click here to order a copy.

AfricanColours will organize transport to and from all the venues to be visited. A registration fee of Ksh 1300 for adults and Ksh 800 for children will be payable to AfricanColours Ltd.


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