Kuonyesha Art Fund is managed by CivFund, an Afro feminist fund based in Uganda and serving Africa. CivFund is the grantmaking arm of CivSource Africa. Kuonyesha is
supported by DOEN Foundation of the Netherlands and Segal Family Foundation of the United States of America. The fund has an independent 6-member Advisory Committee
comprising reputable artists, cultural practitioners and art enthusiasts including Emily Drani, Dr. Charles Mulekwa, Abdul Muyingo, Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi, Sarah Nsigaye, and Bernard Tabaire.
Kuonyesha is a Swahili word that means “show”. Through the Art Fund, we seek to show, depict, highlight, elevate, spotlight, support and celebrate the arts in Uganda.
Launched in 2019, the Kuonyesha Art Fund supports individual artists or collectives of artists in the diverse arts categories such as visual arts (painting, sculpture, fashion, weaving, woodcut printing); literature (including publishing); audio-visual (graphics and animation); dance and music; theatre and film; folklore/spoken word and Arts research.
The 2023 selected artists are the 3rd cohort of artists that will be supported by Kunonyesha Art Fund. During the call and review of proposals, the fund was intentional about ensuring inclusivity and diversity. A total of 362 were received and reviewed. 32 partners will be supported this year. The figure below shows a regional representation of the total applications. Read more