Inema Arts Center is a collective of Rwandan creative artists. At its core, Inema Arts Center provides space for 10 artists in residence to explore their creative talent. Specializing in contemporary African Arts, Crafts, Music, and Dance.
Inema’s artists produce paintings, sculptures, and mixed media expressions showcased in, the Gallery at Inema Arts Center. The Center is home to programmes, projects, and initiatives that expand creative arts in Rwanda.
Through workshops, trainings, and hands on classes, the Inema Arts Center provides a space to fuel creative expression.
Opened in 2012, the privately run Inema Arts Center is a collective of 10 resident artists and guests. It’s quickly established itself as the foremost modern art gallery in Kigali. As well as paintings, sculptures and contemporary takes on traditional crafts, there are dance and music performances several days a week and courses. Much of the art is for sale (and can be shipped internationally), but if you’re not buying, you’re welcome just to admire. There’s a small on-site cafe.
Meet the Inema Arts Center, located in Kacyiru. It’s actually been around for several months now but I’ve been kind of crap and have only just ventured over there to say hello and to see what’s happening here. Well, what’s happening is very cool! I shouldn’t be surprised as the two guys behind Inema are Innocent and Emma (Get it? Inn-Emma… their names combined! But it also means “a blessing, a gift, a talent, to cultivate, to give and to receive” in Kinyarwanda), brothers who decided to branch out on their own after spending some time working with Ivuka Arts.
It’s exciting to see Kigali’s contemporary art scene grow and along with Ivuka Arts, there’s Uburanga in Kimihurura and another new place in Nyarutarama called (I think) Bwiza Arts which I’ll get to one of these days.
Inema provides space for 10 artists, each producing their own style of contemporary African art. They paint, they sculpt, the work with mixed medium, they dance! Ok, maybe they don’t dance, but they’re pretty versatile and you just need to take a stroll around Inema’s grounds to get an idea of the kinds of creativity that is oozing out of these artists. That sounds kind of gross, but it’s not. It’s colourful and imaginative and inspiring.
The brothers founded Inema in 2012 in an effort to share their creative passion with Rwandans and visitors alike. Rwanda has very little art in schools and no professional or post-secondary art training. The visual arts aren’t yet a very valued thing in Rwandan society and Emma and Innocent are striving to provide exposure to the country’s creative community and to change this attitude, shedding light not only on the talents within the country, but also by using “creative expression to bring the community and country alive.”