The Future of The GoDown Arts Centre

Nairobi to finally get the Creative Hub it deserves

The GoDown Arts Centre is home to Kenyan creativity.In the late 1990’s, Nairobi needed a space that stood for the interests of Kenyan and East African artists. Established in 2003, in a place that was formerly a car repair warehouse, the centre has contributed significantly to the growth, recognition and visibility of local artists by encouraging encounters between between creatives from different disciplines and different parts of the world.

The GoDown Transformation

The GoDown Arts Centre currently features ten separate art studios, outdoor work areas, offices, workshops, and rehearsal and performance spaces, the centre is set for a major revamp which will have it organised around three courtyard levels.

The new building will significantly expand the centre’s role as an open, accessible community space for everyone. Able to accommodate hundreds of visitors, the main courtyard will include a corner for children, art activity and play, as well as an exhibition space, library, auditorium, and museum. The auditorium will form the focal point of the main courtyard, while a grand staircase will lead upwards to a second courtyard of dance rehearsal and creative studio spaces.

The design is inspired by  fractals – a pattern structure present in nature, as well as Afrikan culture. The buildings external face is uniquely designed to feature what appear to be random perforations that form an elegant motif. The perforations give the design a symbolic openness.

Be a part of the Transformation

With just over a half of the redesign funds raised (1 million USD) by the Centre’s supporters and board, the GoDown Arts Centre is inviting everyone to become involved in the efforts through their crowdfunding campaign.

Get involved and become a GoDown Transformer by inviting your personal network of colleagues, friends and family to give to the GoDown Campaign.

If you’d like us to attend your event, contribute or be featured, please contact us and we’ll be excited to share your story.


Sources: Design Indaba and The GoDown Arts Centre

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