Art students put best foot forward


On August 15, Industrial and Fine Art students under the Faculty of Education and Arts started a three-day exhibition in which they displayed the artistic and creative works they did throughout the semester.

Senyonyi engages in a discussion with students about their work as Kayamba looks on (Photos by Doreen Kajeru)

The exhibition included various work pieces under fashion and style, ceramics, painting and sculpture, among other themes. Considering the diverse ideas , different settings were used to clearly represent the pieces of work. Fashion and interior works were staged in home settings, and the paintings and sculpture were in an art gallery setting.

Various materials were used for different pieces. For fashion and interior, porcupine thorns, fabric, sisal, lamps, and mannequins were used depending on one’s preference and style. Oil paint brushes, boards, clay and sand, among others, were mainly used for the painting and sculpture pieces .

The Head of Department, Dr William Kayamba , said that despite the challenges faced during the preparation of the exhibition, it turned out better than the previous one of 2015.

“The students tried their best to present great pieces despite the delayed delivery of materials. The requisition for materials was made to the procurement office earlier this year, in the month of April, but the materials were delivered weeks to the exhibition, in August. But the students put in their best effort and resources, even before the materials came in, to produce what they had in the limited time they had,” Kayamba said.

Many of the students that The Standard talked to said that would have done better but the materials were delivered later than expected and so they worked with less material.

Further, the students voiced concern over the number of course units and the amount of work they are expected to produce.

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“We could have achieved much more if we were not congested with so many course units at the same time. With ten course units, you find yourself doing everything with mediocrity instead of concentrating on specific relevant course units,” one student said.

“We are also subjected to lecturers’ instructions and ideas, yet most times we want to be given the chance to explore, be self-motivated and creative,” another student said.

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Different designs of lamps made for the interior. Below, a chair made out of polythene and mesh

The Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, was impressed with the exhibited work.

“This is great work. I am surprised it has all been done here,” he said.

He urged the head of department and lecturers to come up with a business plan that includes what can be done to empower creativity to help the students and the university earn from the work produced.

“We need to find ways of reducing dependency on students’ tuition, and this is one of them. We should also come up with plans to have a permanent exhibition ground that would serve as an art gallery.”

He commended the students’ effort, creativity and passion for the work done.


Brian Wandera 

“I draw inspiration from daily life and I am drawn to protecting the environment. The materials I use are things that would otherwise destroy the environment if not properly disposed of, such as polythene bags, plastic, bottle tops, metal and gauze, among others.”

Winnie Nadunga 

“I draw my strength and inspiration from my mother who has raised me into an African woman that she too is. I am very good at it and growing better each day with so many blossoming ideas. I plan on opening a workshop later on.”

John Bosco Kawuka 

“I did internship in painting and sculpture but also picked on fashion. My paintings are a representation of the slavery that Africans were subjected to in the hard earlier times. They picked cotton, moved long distances in chains and encountered various other challenges.”