Introducing Uganda’s Own Contemporary Art Society
I’m so excited to announce that we’ve officially launched the Contemporary Art Society of Uganda (CASU)!
Started by a small group of Ugandan art collectors and enthusiasts (myself included), CASU exists so that collectors, artists, galleries and others involved in the visual arts can meaningfully connect. Community unleashes new levels of creativity – and vice versa. It’s so important that we nurture the art space and the people that are part of it – as well as inspire and develop new talent.
At CASU we’re compelled to grow the number of private and corporate art collectors in and around Uganda. Why? Because our country and region have so much talent and prospective talent to be celebrated and supported. Images often speak more powerfully than words, and art is a significant expression of our culture and heritage.
Art can speak to your soul. As almost every artist will agree, creating art is a powerful form of therapy. At CASU, we argue that appreciating art is just as life-affirming. It can be energising or confronting, disrupting what isn’t working in our society, or a subtle reminder that we are never alone, and that beauty prevails, no matter the challenges that are happening in the world.
This August, we held our inaugural CASU gathering at the renowned AfriArt Gallery in Kampala. With the vibrant art by Xenson (Samson Ssenkaaba) on display, it was the ideal venue, and the evening was a celebration and confirmation of our wonderful community of art lovers and of where we’re headed.