2 weeks to 3 months residencies on a working organic vegetable farm in Kenya.
Situated in a lush region of tea producers that sustains a large number of local artists, the farm is a rejuvenating environment that renews and restores lives and spirits.
MFF recognizes the importance of empowering young people through creativity as well as sustainability. As stewards of a unique and beautiful property, we seek to preserve the land and use our facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and other visitors with the least impact on the environment. We recognize that culture originates from the people living on the land and in relationship to one another. By being neighborly and building good relationships to one another and to the land, both the people and the earth are cared for and sustained.
The mission of the MFF Artists in Residence Program is to enhance the creativity of emerging and established artists and young people with opportunities and funding for artistic residences in Kenya. Residency spaces offer artists the unique opportunity to work in collaboration with local artists, share collaborative ideas, use studio space, forage and work with natural materials, and to engage in artistic production processes that build upon or create new oeuvres to be shared with others. By encouraging artists to use the resources of the farm and forest as resources for their creative exploration, the Foundation will encourage new forms of cultural practice alongside sustainable production methods.
The program offers opportunities for international artistic exchanges from local and international artists. We believe that building creative, natural spaces for artists to live, work, and interact, is a powerful community-building experience that synergizes artistic purpose. From these interactions, new relationships are formed between cultural practitioners and the natural environment, and a creative community is borne.
Kamande and Els, a Kenyan/Dutch couple started Mlango Farm in 2007, in a small village near Nairobi. After opening their home to visitors, enthusiastic response and conversations over the years inspired to seek out ways for all children and youth of Nairobi to have access and opportunity to visit and learn about farm life, nature and environmental issues. Many children and youth living in the city don’t often get the chance to enjoy nature, to take a walk on a farm, see how vegetables are grown, and to learn through experience about farm animals and their well-being. To facilitate these kinds of opportunities and experiences for children and adults, Mlango Farm Foundation (MFF) was established to develop and coordinate educational programs and eventually build a Visitor Centre to host groups promoting green initiatives and learning.
Our mission: To provide educational farm visits where children, young people and adults from Nairobi and the community at large can learn about healthy living, sustainable development, rural environments and their relationship with plants and animals to bring visitors in touch with animals, nature, their environment and each other by offering practical activities, training and information, a social meeting point and recreational environment.
Because this is such an inspiring and artistic environment, we also open our home to artists who like to come and work with us.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Weeks: 2
- Visual Art
- Education Programmes
- Private accommodation
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Production costs