The Banana Hill Art Gallery is located in the outskirts of Nairobi, north of The Village Market, exhibiting the finest work of African artists. The gallery, which is run by Shine Tani – one of Kenya’s biggest self taught artists – is home to some of the most unique paintings and sculptures.
A group of young artists formed the Banana Hill Art Gallery in 1992. By 2005, the artists took different creative directions, leading to the space transforming into an art-selling zone. With Shine taking over ownership of the gallery, he created a system where different artists could show case and sell their work with the aim of motivating them. In 2010 the East African art space experienced growth and that’s when Shine decided to expand to accommodate artiste from all over Africa.
As it stands, the gallery is home to close to 100 artists from across Africa, holding monthly exhibitions, which see roughly 40 new paintings per month. The turnout seen during the exhibition majorly depends on promotions through social media, poster and flyers. The gallery has storage space for artwork from previous exhibitions; meaning one can walk in, view and make a purchase.
How to Exhibit at The Banana Hill Art Gallery
If you are an artist and you are interested in exhibiting at this space, you have to apply by submitting your work physically at the gallery. Alternatively, you could send your work portfolio to them through their email on their website.
The work has to be of very high quality in order to maintain the gallery’s standard. A minimum of 20 pieces of art are required from the artist in order to cover up the exhibition space.
The gallery does not charge the artist to exhibit. Instead, they will take a certain percentage from the sales as commission. The gallery accepts all types of artwork.
In addition, the artists have to ensure that they are assisting the gallery in getting word out about the exhibition in order to increase visibility for the event.
As much as Banana Hill tries to accommodate artist from all over Africa, transporting some art has proven to be challenging, especially the heavy sculptures.