The Salooni is a pop-up hair salon and art installation, which was supported by a new Arts new Audiences grant in 2017. ©

The Salooni. Photographer: Darlyne Komukama

Art Connects Us Sub-Saharan Africa - Connecting contemporaries

Our Art Connects Us Sub-Saharan Africa strategy will focus on supporting our regional vision through working to develop stronger creative sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that are better connected to the UK. This work will enable the UK to hear clearly the voices of young Africans.

We work through our partners in the creative sectors of the UK and SSA. We will stimulate new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the Arts.

  • Art, audiences and innovation - Sharing the best of arts and culture in the UK and SSA will be at the heart of our agenda. We will be a catalyst for partners working to bring new art to audiences. 
  • Skills and networking - We will continually strive to stretch audiences for the arts through developing new networks and skills for our partners. 
  • Brokering and communication
 - We will help communicate the work of the creative sectors where we work enabling artists and audiences to connect with each other.

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Primary contacts for work in the region

Highlights of our work in Sub-Saharan Africa


East Africa Arts - Connecting new audiences to new art across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the UK.
  • Connect ZA
 - A cultural programme developed between the UK and South Africa.
  • Zimbabwe: Making More Art Happen - Supporting creative spaces and people to people dialogue between the UK and Zimbabwe.
  • Yinka Shonibare: Wind Sculpture VI
 - For the first major solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) in Nigeria, Wind Sculpture VI, a six metre high fibreglass sculpture, was installed in Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Lagos.
  • Lagos Theatre Festival
 - An annual festival presenting theatre in unconventional spaces.

Artists in residence as part of East Africa Soul Train, 2017. Photographer: Bwette Daniel Gilbert

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