In a specious suburb of Nairobi a Tanzanian artist has established an unusual meeting and working place for young artists from throughout East Africa.
GV & SV Nasser Tumwasige working on painting (2 shots)
SV & CU Kiasi Nikwitikie sculpt wood figures (3 shots)
CU PAN UP Finished model
GV & CU Artists working on pottery (3 shots)
SV & CU Artists making Christmas cards (3 shots)
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Background: In a specious suburb of Nairobi a Tanzanian artist has established an unusual meeting and working place for young artists from throughout East Africa.
The Paa-ya-Paa workshop stands behind boldly painted fences and within these the painter Elimu Nsau, his family and friends work in various art forms in a mutually stimulating atmosphere.
Elimu Njau grew up near Mount Kilimanjaro. He is now a celebrated painter and lives with and helps other artists in their work. He runs the Paa-ya-Paa Galleries in Nairobi selling some of the items made in the workshop.
Kiasi Nikwitikie -- from Mozambique -- is one of the finest wood sculptors in Africa. He is a member of the Makonde tribe whose skill as wood-carvers has become world-famous.
He has just finished working on a pair of doors for the headquarters of the East African Community in Tanzania.
Another artist at the workshop is Lwanyaga Musoke. He comes from Uganda and studied art and ceramics at Makerere University and the Royal College of Art in London.
He is now working with other young potters at the workshop and is building kiln.
Another Ugandan, Nasser Tumwasigne, works nearby with batik -- an Indonesian method of printing fabrics using hot wax and dyes. And, in keeping with the season, over the last few weeks one group of artists and designers have been drawing graphic designs and pasting small batik patterns onto Christmas cards to be sent to the paa-ya-Paa Gallery for sale.