Working Committee

(responsible for operations and curating)

  • Rose Kirumira, Working Committee Chairperson (Makerere University)
    Rose Kirumira is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University. She has been to and has attended numerous artist’s workshops and residencies around the world. These varied professional experiences have accorded her the opportunity to have an insight of artist’s networks within and out of Uganda and to have a relatively considered judgement of the challenges and needs of artists, including female artists, at various levels. She has a PhD in the area of art education and the formation of artists in Africa specifically artist’s workshops and residency programs. For more info: http://www.rosekirumira.net and http://www.theugandanmasters.com/Rose_Kirumira.html
  • Maria Fischer (AKA Gallery at Tulifanya house)
    Maria Fischer was the Director of Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala, from 1996 to 2011. At present she is managing AKA Gallery, since 2011. She is responsible for organising 8 – 10 Exhibitions every year, which includes choice of artists, selection of works, framing and presentation in the gallery. She has also participated abroad in international Art Fairs, London, Montreal, Amsterdam and Monaco. 
  • Katrin Peters-Klaphake (Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR)
    Curator at Makerere Art Gallery/Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration and lecturer for museum studies at Margaret Trowell of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Kampala. Museum curator from Berlin, German, based in Kampala since 2009. Organization of and participation in several art exhibitions and art events like LaBa! Street Art Festival and now KLA ART 012.
  • Caro Christgau (Goethe-Zentrum Kampala)
    Carolin Christgau studied African Arts and Culture at the University of Bayreuth, where she worked for more than 3 years at the Iwalewa-Haus (a unique exhibition and research centre for African Arts). In the meantime, she executed a practical training at the Pan African Film festival FESPACO in Burkina Faso. Afterwards, she coordinated the production of the short film “Drecxiya” from Simon Rittmeier in Burkina Faso/Germany which was realized in cooperation with their association utopia_afrika. She finished her studies Transmission of Art and Culture at the University of Bremen with a research thesis about the contemporary art scene of Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso. Since October 2011, she has been working as Cultural Coordinator for the Goethe-Zentrum / UGCS in Kampala.
  • Rocca Gutteridge (32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust)
    Rocca Gutteridge is an artist and art director. She has exhibited her work internationally and produced a number of public art commissions before completing a sponsored Masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Edinburgh College of Art. Since then, her practice has increasingly followed the direction of events, production and curation. Such examples include a Japan Arts Trust funded travelling exhibition based in Tokyo and Kyoto, And Big Prom On The Promenade, a large-scale community tea dance attended by 300 people along Portobello Promenade, commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival. Rocca has run community radio stations, launched the ongoing contemporary arts discussion network Artachat and set up the Scottish artist run space ‘ten til ten.’ Rocca is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust and will focus on the creation of an innovative education programme and the development of an international artistic exchange network.
  • Nicola Elphinstone (32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust)
    Nicola  Elphinstone is an independent art dealer and art director. Having attained a degree in Art History from Newcastle University, Nicola worked at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and was Manager of the Tryon Gallery, London. After moving to Zimbabwe in 2006, Nicola set up online gallery NicolaHall.com representing artists from Eastern and Southern Africa. Nicola is currently living in Uganda where she is Co-Founder and Co-Director of 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust, a centre for contemporary art based in Kampala.
  • Thomas Bjørnskau, Working Committee Secretary (independent representative)
    Thomas holds a Degree in Business. He spent 6 years working as an Internet consultant, before moving to Hong Kong and Vienna because of the abroad posting of his diplomatic wife. He spent 6 years writing two novels, one of which was published in 2004 in Norway, his home country. After four years running an Internet project for Statistics Norway, he moved to Uganda in 2010. He is currently the Editor of Startjournal.org.

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