Young Art Star Emily Mulenga on Show at Firstsite, Colchester

Taking Up Space, the debut solo exhibition by the emerging British artist Emily Mulenga at Firstsite, Colchester, features a series of Mulenga’s video works as well animated GIFS and personalised emojis – or in the artist’s terms – MulengaMojis.

Emily Mulenga, 4 Survival 4 Pleasure (still image), 2, 2017. Courtesy of the artist
Emily Mulenga, 4 Survival 4 Pleasure (still image), 2, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Mulenga uses her own image within her work to assert ownership over the way it is viewed online. Through her works, Mulenga positions her filmed self or animated avatar in vivid virtual environments. The title of the exhibition, Taking Up Space, refers to the way in which the physical or digital body can be a productive and positive site of artistic investigation.

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The MASK Prize. Creativity Competition with Prizes for Young People and Schools in Africa


ArtAttack continuously follows current Creative Art Competitions within the Global Art Industry. Our most recent attraction is to The Annual National Creativity Competition in Africa for schools and young people under the age of 25, which is the renowned ‘MASK Prize‘, endorsed by Kenya Ministry Of Education.

The 2016 Mask Prize is an initiative of the Mobile Art School in Kenya that seeks to promote creativity and innovation among the young generation. This is another chance for young artists from Kenya, Africa and its diaspora to show the world what they’ve got. Currently in its 4th year, the MASK Art Prize has been able to award and mentor a myriad of Kenyan and African artists through its competitions and expose them to the global art world. Next year, The MASK Prize will collaborate with Turner Contemporary, which will be very exciting!

This year’s theme is “Young People-The Creative Nation”.

Artworks are submitted online in a variety of media and reflect innovative ideas. All entries were in one of the following forms:

  • Paintings, Drawings, Collages, Sculpture, Installations and Prints.
  • Graffiti Art.
  • Digital/Computer Art.
  • Photographs and Photojournalism.
  • Singing, Dancing, Performing Arts and Playing Musical Instruments.
  • Entrepreneurial/Business Ideas.

Part of why ArtAttack is introducing you to The MASK Prize is due to the 2016 Award Ceremony that takes place this week on the 23rd of June at the Michael Joseph Art Centre in Nairobi and some selected works will be exhibited in the UK at the Saatchi Gallery, University for the Creative Arts and Turner Contemporary.

For further information and interest in the juding panal, click these links:

ArtAttack are thrilled to show you the incredibly creative works of the 2016 Winners and Commended Artists.

2016 Mask Prize Winners –


1. Churchill Ongere, 23 years old, Untitled

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2. Gitahi Kariouki, 21 years old, Embrace

00362, Gitahi Kariuki, 21, Nairobi - Embrace , Water-Based Paints on Paper.jpg

3. Louis Nderi, 25 years old, Family Tree

00873, Louis Nderi, 25, Nairobi - Family Tree (Series), Photograph.jpg

4. Sidney Wanjiku, 23 years old, Women Power

00633, sidney wanjiku, 23, nairobi - women power, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.jpg

5. Edwin Lyra, 19 years old, Chorwa

00278, EDWIN LYRA, 19, Nairobi - CHORWA, Other (Photography and Digital Artwork combination).jpg

6. John Njeru, 21 years old, Abstract Love

00439, John Njeru, 21, Nairobi - abstract love, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.jpg

7. Onesmus Omakar, 21 years old, Untitled

01135. Onesmus Okamar, 18, 4.jpg

8. Edwin Wainanina, 19 years old, From The East Heavens

00266, Edwin  Wainaina , 19, Nairobi - FROM THE EAST HEAVENS, Other (Digital artwork).jpg

9. June Wambua, 22 years old, Black Leaf

00591, June Wambua, 22, Nairobi - Black Leaf, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.JPG

10. Peteros Wasinde, 19 years old, Heart And Brain

00554, Peteros Masinde, 19, Nairobi - Heart and brain, Other (Biro pens on paper).JPG

11) Kennedy Kimani , 24 years old, Market and Beyond

00660, Kennedy  Kimani , 24, Nairobi  - Market and beyond, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.jpg

12) Claire Njeri Kuria, 15 years old, Karen

00667, Claire Njeri Kuria, 15, Karen - Art Drawing, Pencils on Paper.jpg

2016 Mask Prize Commended –

1. Alan Madegwa, 19 years old, Thoughts

00822, Allan Madegwa, 19, Nairobi - Thoughts, Charcoal on Paper.jpg

2. Lee Wanjiru, 19 years old, Untitled

01109, lee wanjiru, 19, Nyeri - untitled, Pencils on Paper.jpg

3. Steve Wanjau, 22 years old, Untitled

00989, Steve  Wanjau , 22, Nairobi  - Visual art , Recycled or Natural Materials.jpg

4. Caitano Mbati, 21 years old, El Doret


5. Sam Mulwa, 19 years old, Mother Earth

00936, Sam Mulwa, 19, Nairobi - Mother Earth, Photograph.jpg

6. Isaac Muraya, 23 years old, Nairobian Girl

01104, Isaac Muraya, 23, Nairobi - Nairobian Girl, Other (Digital Art).jpg

7. Samson Lerosion, 20 years old, Leafy Samburu 


8) Bilha Simwenyi, 23 years old, Kakamega

00262, BILHA SIMWENYI, 23, KAKAMEGA - dirty painting, Water-Based Paints on Paper.JPG

9) Selina Onyando, 19 years old, Chai

00280, Selina Onyando, 19, Nairobi - Chai, Photograph.jpg


10) Victor Mutua, 21 years old, Strength of an Eagle

00295, victor mutua, 21, kasarani nairobi mwiki - stregth of an eagle, Recycled or Natural Materials.jpg


11) Alvin Njuguna, 17 years old, Beginning of April

00296, Alvin Njuguna, 17, Thika  - Beginning of April, Other (Pencil _ black bic pen _ pelikan colours _ crayons).jpg

12) Ron Lukes, 21 years old, Devine

00553, Ron Lukes, 21, Nairobi - devine, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.jpg

13) Joseph Makau, 20 years old, Swampy

00555, Joseph Makau, 20, Nairobi - Swampy , Other (Pen and ink on paper ).jpg

14) Kibet Kirui, 22 years old, Ride and Die

00558, kibet kirui, 22, Kericho - ride and die, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.jpg

15) Viva Mugambi, 20 years old, Old love

00947, viva mugambi, 0, Nairobi - Old love, Acrylic on Canvas_Board_Paper.jpg


‘‘Art is the most interdisciplinary communication medium available to humans — from mathematician to poet — a piece of art can speak to anyone.’’ ArtAttack meets ‘The Most Famous Artist’

ArtAttack is thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview The Most Famous Artist. Having followed this immensely creative Instagram account for many years, even using certain works as inspiration for university projects, the interview was a real privilege. TMFA is a collective of entrepreneur artists who come together to share, inspire and influence their viewers through various mediums of art as well as to draw focus to how social media influencers can be used to promote art and business. After some research, we discovered some art works on the account belong to the co-founder, Matty Mo, who’s concept to create this collective has caused quite a stir…

the most famous artist screen shot

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‘If you have the talent then it will happen’ – ArtAttack meets Tal Booker

Tal Booker is a digital artist from London who has been exploring various areas of graphic design including fashion design, corporate design and logo design. More recently, Tal has become focused on his digital art which involves the formation of unique and sometimes witty digital prints.


I had the chance to speak to Tal about his work and the state of London’s emerging art scene.

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The rise of digital art – THE SEDITION ART STREAM

In our digital age art and tech have become more and more united, providing a variety of online opportunities to bring art to a wider audience. Sedition is a leading online platform where artists display and sell their art in digital format for connected screens and devices.



Sedition now presents Art Stream, a new service that gives subscribers unlimited access to a selection of contemporary works by world renowned artists including Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Elmgreen & Dragset and Jenny Holzer. Art Stream features twelve artworks at any one time that are updated weekly, allowing subscribers to experience high-definition art on their screens in their home and on the go. Subscribers will also have access to exclusive offers to purchase the artworks at favourable prices.

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“A real sweating needs to take place in terms of personal development before any progress is made” – ArtAttack Interviews Raymond Salvatore Harmon

ArtAttack sat down with London-based, American artist Raymond Salvatore Harmon (of whom we are now proud collectors!) to learn about his latest gripping work, ‘Elliptical Confinement’, hear his expert tips for young London artists and generally take in his vast art world wisdom.

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Raymond Salvatore Harmon, ‘Elliptical Confinement,’ 2016

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ArtAttack’s ‘Best of Biennale’: India & Pakistan Historically Join Forces for ‘My East is Your West’

When art aficionado, businesswoman, and philanthropist Feroze Gujral – who is of Indian, Arab, and British origins – visited the Venice Biennale in 2013, she noticed there was neither an Indian nor a Pakistani pavilion. With great experience sustaining large-scale arts projects via the Gujral Art Foundation, she decided to change that, and selected internationally recognised artists, Shilpa Gupta (India) and Rashid Rana (Pakistan), to collaborate on ‘My East is Your West.’ The project is an official Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale, and unites at the Biennale for the first time the historically conflicting nations of India and Pakistan. Rana and Gupta have previously collaborated on the cross-border project ‘Aar Paar’, in which artists from Mumbai and Karachi each created public works in the other’s territories.

On view in Venice, Shilpa Gupta’s work, characteristically both poetic and direct in its delivery, reflects on her own experience visiting the borders of Mumbai, Bangladesh and Kashmir, which are partly controlled by India and partly by Pakistan. As a central focus of the work, she stages a performance wherein an actor diligently works away at a crafts table in a dramatically lit red room. Without acknowledging the presence of visitors, the actor traces a shape on carbon paper that rests on a pile of cloth. The cloth itself is significant, measuring the width of a sari and one-thousandth the length of the 3,400km security barrier, the longest in the world, that India is currently building along its’ perimeter with neighbouring Bangladesh. Although open-ended, the piece seemingly alludes to the vast and somewhat arbitrary effort of retaining distance through the gesture of drawing borders.

'My East is Your West,' 2015
‘My East is Your West,’ 2015

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ArtAttack’s ‘Best of Biennale’: Arsenale

After a quick Venezia break to bring you a bit of Central Saint Martins inspiration, we are back on our biennale grind, and ready to share some more of our favourite moments with you. As I mentioned previously, the main venues for this international event are the Giardini, (a beautiful garden dotted with various exhibition halls and country pavilions), and the Arsenale (a complex of former shipyards and armories for which construction began as early as 1104). The latter, perhaps due to its’ age and history, has a very majestic feel to it, and witnessing such a multitude of art within its’ antique walls is truly special.

Like the Giardini, the Arsenale houses both specific country pavilions and a general ‘All the World’s Futures‘ exhibition, showcasing multiple international artists and curated by Okwui Enwezor.

I suppose the major difference between the two spaces is that while the Giardini feels light and airy — no doubt because of its’ outdoor setting — the Arsenale gives off a much more severe vibe, leaving less room for dillydallying and daydreaming, and hence producing, in my view, a more focused and intense experience.

The armory itself also feels endless, with art around every dark corner, and even outside rising from the canal (Chinese artist, Xu Bing‘s ‘Phoenix Project‘ and Brazilian Vik Muniz‘ ‘Lampedusa‘ to name a few). Walking through the exhibition feels something like making one’s way through a maze — you tread carefully so as to not miss anything, and yet you deliberately plough forward too, with the pulsing goal to make it out the other side.

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