Arts Centre

32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is a not-for-profit organisation promoting East African contemporary art and East African artists. 

The Arts Centre is their new home in Kampala, supporting their mission to become a focal point for contemporary art in Uganda and the wider East African region and will be the first purpose built contemporary arts centre in Uganda.

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The centre houses six artists in residence and includes a gallery, cafe, art shop, library, and meeting spaces, as well as guest and artist accommodation. It’s also a social space for the arts, with regular exhibitions, talks and seminars welcoming a diverse mix of first time and established visitors.  

The building explores the use of earth in construction, using rammed earth and compressed earth blocks to make an architecture which is literally of its site. Arranged around a central shaded courtyard, with views to a local green area, the spaces are naturally ventilated and provide shade and diffused light for the artists to work.

Client: 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Architect: New Makers Bureau 

Local architect: Localworks

Engineer: Localworks  

Quantity surveyor: Localworks

Main contractor: Localworks

Type: Arts & Culture

Area: 680m2