Centre for the Arts

Delight your heart, Enrich your mind

The Tafaria Museum and Centre for the Arts is located at the Tafaria Castle. The Centre for the Arts offers art residencies for visual artists, culinary artists, performing artists, creative writers, designers, musicians, film producers and fashion designers. The Museum is open throughout the year and incorporates a numismatic museum and a museum of evolution of man in collaboration with the National Museum of Kenya.

Art Residencies

The Visual Art Residency

This programme is ideal for visual artist in need of a period of concentrated and collaborative work leading to an exhibition or installation, which is accessible to our guests and/or the local community. At the end of the residency, the artist must showcase their work either at the Tafaria gallery, or the Castle’s vast grounds or within the community

Culinary Arts Residency

Tafaria provides a professional kitchen space to culinary artists and emerging chefs in an environment that is conducive for culinary art creativity, working on new ideas and exploring this region of Kenya’s food-scape off the sprawling small-scale farms within the community.

This program is designed to assist chefs during an integral stage of their career; to establish themselves in the culinary world, to infuse a mid-career turning point with new energy and fresh perspective, or as an accomplished chef in need of sabbatical.  The chefs in residence must showcase their productions at the Castle’s restaurant or to the locals at the open-air roman type amphitheater. 

Those applying for this residency must have a strong interest in creative food use and cooking, strong knowledge of food preparation and preservation techniques and good communication skills. A food handler’s certificate is mandatory at application.

The Performing Arts, Music or Film Producer’s Residency

This programme designed for those who need to get away to this secluded location to ideate, film, post-produce and showcase their work to the local community before further distribution. Those under this programme carry their own equipment and also have access to Tafaria recording studio and edit suite. It is mandatory that works produced must be showcased to the local community at the Amphitheatre at the end of the residency.

The Visual Art Residency

This programme is ideal for visual artist in need of a period of concentrated and collaborative work leading to an exhibition/installation, which is accessible to our guests and/or the local community. At the end of the residency, the artist must showcase their work either at the Tafaria gallery, or the Castle’s vast grounds or within the community.

Culinary Arts Residency

Tafaria provides a professional kitchen space to culinary artists and emerging chefs in an environment that is conducive for culinary art creativity, working on new ideas and exploring this region of Kenya’s food-scape off the sprawling small-scale farms within the community.

This program is designed to assist chefs during an integral stage of their career; to establish themselves in the culinary world, to infuse a mid-career turning point with new energy and fresh perspective, or as an accomplished chef in need of sabbatical.  The chefs in residence must showcase their productions at the Castle’s restaurant or to the locals at the open-air roman type amphitheater. 

Those applying for this residency must have a strong interest in creative food use and cooking, strong knowledge of food preparation and preservation techniques and good communication skills. A food handler’s certificate is mandatory at application.

The Performing Arts, Music or Film Producer’s Residency

This programme designed for those who need to get away to this secluded location to ideate, film, post-produce and showcase their work to the local community before further distribution. Those under this programme carry their own equipment and also have access to Tafaria recording studio and edit suite. It is mandatory that works produced must be showcased to the local community at the Amphitheatre at the end of the residency.

Main Facilities

The Centre has a restaurant, a country lodge, an open-air Roman type amphitheater, a gallery, art studios, sound recording studio with an edit suite, woodwork and metalwork workshops and artists quarters of residence. Self-sponsored artists may choose to stay the country lodge.

Tafaria sponsored or self-sponsored Residency

The residency programme is either fully sponsored by the Tafaria Foundation or self-sponsored. Both options are similar but those on self-sponsorship do not receive per diem, materials support and pay for meals and accommodation. Further, self-sponsored residencies do not have to conform to our application criteria. One may apply for a residency of one week to one months (which can be extended to two months).

Exhibitions

Exhibitions by artists in residence at Tafaria run throughout the year at the end of each residency. These are done at either our Centre for the Arts gallery or inside the amphitheater (incase of performing artists) or the Castle compound or within the community or at the restaurant incase of culinary artists.

Collectors Hub

The Collectors Hub provides collectors across with a public outlet for their collections. If you are a collector looking for an outlet for your work, either for sale, temporary or permanently exhibition, connect with us and let your collections inspire the world here.

Upcoming Event

All residencies and Exhibitions are current on hold due to COVID-19. We hope to kick off again soon.