Kuonyesha Art Fund

Kuonyesha Art Fund is a Ugandan fund managed by CivSource Africa with support from its partners Stichting DOEN and Robert Bosch Foundation.


Kuonyesha is a Swahili word that means show. Through the Art Fund, we will show, depict, highlight, elevate, spotlight, support and celebrate the arts in Uganda, starting with the three locations of Kampala, Karamoja and Gulu. The first year of the fund (October 2019 to October 2020) is a pilot phase and during this phase we shall be open to and deliberate about learning and growing as we go along – learning from the artists themselves, learning from and about the art field, learning from and with the Advisory Committee and learning from and with the partners of the fund and other donors that may join us along the way.


The Kuonyesha Art Fund exists to support, nurture and develop art in Uganda; to promote and/or support artists to improve the quality of arts in a way that enhances the meaningful influence and participation of art and artists in the issues shaping society and public life in Uganda today.


To support, promote, celebrate Art and artists in all their diversity in Uganda.


  • To enhance the vibrancy of the art sector and in so doing legitimize what artists do

  • Seek to build bridges between and amongst artists and various art forms

  • Support artists to create for their own reasons e.g. expression, freedom, influence community, social and cultural change in various respects.

  • Nurture and build confidence amongst artists i.e. the fund recognizes artists in all their diversity and supports them to thrive in whatever they do

  • To enable artists to develop new ways of or deepen relations with the audience and/or the community


Kuonyesha Art fund will NOT support art projects that incite hatred, violence or any sort of exclusion or discrimination. In this pilot phase Kuonyesha Art fund will not support organisations

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Telephone: +256-393-224056 or +256-704-883055  

Email: kuonyesha@civsourcea.com

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