By Maria Fischer
Located on quiet Hannington Road, opposite Crested Towers, very close to the city center you can find AKA Gallery. It is a peaceful oasis where you can have a nice lunch in the garden and then look at the best art in town. The coffee shop is only open during office hours and serves some delicious Swiss specialties like handmade Spaetzli and Roesti, alongside daily specials that are very reasonably priced. There are many regulars from the offices around that frequent AKA making it a busy place at lunch time.
The gallery has monthly exhibitions of mainly Ugandan artists, with a few exceptions. Showing regularly are the portfolios of Abushariaa, a Sudanese artist residing in Kampala for many years and the Kenyan artist Wilson Mwangi, who shows his whimsical paintings here as well. Permanently we show sculptures of Herbert Bakka, some of which are suited to the outdoors for your garden or balcony.
Over the years we have shown the work of the German artists Matthias Koerner and Alex Janetzko and in February 2013, photographs by Thomas Miller, an American who has been teaching for several years in Nkumba University. We have a collection of the last remaining works of the famous Ugandan artist Geoffrey Mukasa, which can be seen on request. He was one of the leading Ugandan artists for over 20 years and his works were shown and collected worldwide, in Europe, Canada, the US, Australia, Japan and are also in many collections all over East Africa. Sadly he passed away in 2009.
There are two Exhibitions taking place in the months of April and May:
Helen Nabukenya – Textile Art in April
Young Ugandan artist in May
After every exhibition there are some art works that remain at the gallery, so you are able to get a good overview of previous shows and what is on offer in the art scene. If you appreciate good art in a quiet setting this is the place to go.
The gallery also does custom framing of a variety of items including photographs, posters, paintings and maps. Wooden frames are handcrafted from local timber and hand-painted. All of these can be tailor made to suit your requirements.
The restaurant is open on Mondays-Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and the gallery is open on Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
For more information, please contact:-
28 Hannington Road (opposite Crested Towers), Kampala.
Tel: (041) 4254183.