A Pan-African art gallery was opened in Nairobi on February 1 by the city's Mayor, Miss Margaret Kenyatta.
GV ZOOM TO SV EXT Sign 'Pan African Gallery'
SV Sign 'African Heritage Ltd'
SV & CU INT Works of art (3 shots)
SV Poster with Swahili-English translations
MV Miss Kenyatta looking at exhibits
CU Kiss Kenyatta looking at beads, decorations
SV Visitors looking
SV ZOOM TO CU Miss Kenyatta looking at purse
SV & CU Miss Kenyatta looking at statue
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Background: A Pan-African art gallery was opened in Nairobi on February 1 by the city's Mayor, Miss Margaret Kenyatta. The gallery - African Heritage Ltd - features both traditional and contemporary works of African art and handicrafts. The gallery will promote regular exhibitions of the work of particular artists, and visits are planned by craftsmen and artists from all over Africa.
The gallery will also sell items designed by its resident artists and made locally. One example is jewellery made handicapped craftsmen.
SYNOPSIS: A gallery devoted to Pan-African art has been opened in Nairobi. It's called African Heritage Ltd., and it features both traditional and contemporary art and crafts. The gallery will hold special exhibitions concentrating on the work of local artists, and is also expected to attract visiting artists from all over Africa.
Miss Margaret Kenyatta, the Mayor of Nairobi, opened the gallery. She said it was time Africans began collecting their own art. She'd noticed that many statues had disappeared from around Nairobi, and could have been exported far away from Africa.
Visitors to the exhibition will eventually be able to watch artiste at work.
But as Miss. Kenyatte saw, it already houses an impressive collection, ranging from ancient leather bags from Nigeria, to statues, masks, wall hangings and even mud paintings. Zaire, Upper Volta, Mali and Cameroon are strongly represented in the collection. The project stems from the private collection of Mr. Joseph Murumbi, former Kenyan Vice-President and part-owner of the gallery. It will market souvenir crafts designed by its own team and made by handicapped people.