Jarolimek said, “We were blown away by the number of visitors and how many of them engaged with Ato Malinda and myself, and who took the time to look at her work, to ask questions. We were impressed by the number of museums and institutions too who visited us, the great press coverage and important new contacts we made.”

Circle Art Gallery in Art Africa
“If I can make it there…”Art South Africa 28 June 2016

Jaroljmek cites the example of an emerging talent … the self-taught artist Jackie Karuti. “There are very few women Kenyan artists,” Jaroljmek says, adding that they tend to be experimental and daring.

Financial Times on Circle Art Gallery
Kenyan artist collectives foster new talent and fill a funding gapFT.com 15 June 2106

Curated by Nicola Elphinstone and Robinah Nansubuga, the first image that grabbed my attention was a painting by Mukiza, depicting a picture of a girl kissing three frogs … The frogs, too, were not just any frogs; they were painted in the flags of three global powers: China, USA and the European Union.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
Consulting the oracle at the Kampala contemporary art showDaily Nation 21 May 2016

Collectors say they’re taking a closer look at contemporary African art now because the continent’s whole scene is making a seismic break with tradition. Samit Gehlot … said he started going to pop-up shows and auctions of contemporary African art organized by Circle Art Agency three years ago.

Circle Art Agency and quote by Danda Jaroljmek in The Wall Street Journal
The New Face of African ArtWall Street Journal 13 May 2016

Her dealer Danda Jaroljmek at Circle Art Gallery said the artist isn’t afraid to examine “things that are a bit scary,” including one performance piece about prison sex she performed within the walls of a 16th-century Portuguese fort in Mombasa.

Circle Art Agency and quote by Danda Jaroljmek in The Wall Street Journal
Contemporary African art has many new stars. 5 to watch: 1 Ato MalindaThe Wall Street Journal 11 May 2016

Participating for its first time was also a gallery from Nairobi, Circle Art Gallery, showing works of Geoffrey Mukasa, one of the best-known Ugandan modern artists. According to the gallerist Danda Jaroljmek, Indian gallerists have shown quite an interest and recognized said influences in Mukasa’s work and Art Dubai seems to be an important platform for selling East African art. On the second day, most of his works were already sold, with prices ranging from $ 6 000 to $ 15 000.

Art Dubai: Modern Art Comes AliveArt and signature 24 March 2016

The exhibition, curated by Nicola Elpinstone and Robinah Nansubuga, serves as a welcome introduction to Ugandan painting, and follows last year’s Circle show of works from Ethiopia. What is immediately clear about these artists is their technical competence. Their drawing is accurate, they paint with clarity, and photographs are properly exposed and in focus. In other words, they get the basics right.

Media Coverage from The East African
Lugubrious Len and a toast to Queen VictoriaEast African 23 April 2016

Circle Art Gallery, showing videos of Ato Malinda that explore numerous issues, including the experience of being a queer woman in Kenya, has one of the most immersive booths in the section.

Circle Art Gallery in Artsy
Why the “African Perspectives” Section Is the Number One Reason to Visit The Armory ShowArtsy 5 March 2016

Circle Art Gallery de Nairobi présente ainsi le travail de la Kenyane Ato Malinda, dont les performances et installations explorent la nature hybride de l’identité africaine, à rebours de tout essentialisme.

L’Afrique s’expose à l’Armory Show de New YorkLe Monde Afrique 5 March 2106

For the Armory, the agency’s first-ever United States fair, Jaroljmek has staged a powerful solo exhibition of the LGBTQ Kenyan video and performance artist Ato Malinda.

Artspace on Circle Art Gallery
Meet the Dealers: Circle Art Agency Connects Nairobi to New York and Dubai With Cutting-Edge Video ArtArtspace 4 March 2016

At the Armory Show Circle Art Gallery is presenting a solo booth dedicated to Ato Malinda.

Why is African art at the Armory Show so friendly and welcoming?Conceptual Fine Arts 4 March 2106
Four pieces at this year’s auction sold for more than a million Kenyan shillings ($100,000). That’s double the number of the year before – showing a marked growth potential. And that trajectory, as well as the interest from both local and international clientele, is heading steadily upwards.
Circle Art Agency in CNN
Why ‘outstanding’ and ‘affordable’ African art is so hot right nowCNN Style 16 February 2016

The string criss-crossed the room like a spider’s web of creativity. On each string hung the work of one or several artists, all on paper, so that they looked like a washing line after a busy day’s work.

Circle Art gallery’s ‘Paper’ exhibition heralds the rise of exciting new African artistsMail & Guardian Africa 13 December 2105

t Circle’s auction this month at a five-star Nairobi hotel, the top-selling work, a painting by Ugandan artist Geoffrey Mukasa, went for $15,656. The sale also featured Ethiopia’s Dawit Abebe, Uganda’s Eli Kyeyune and Sudan’s Rashid Diab.

Kenyans boost East African art sceneCitizen 15 November 2015

“The development of modern and contemporary African art certainly is one of the most exciting parts of the art market at the moment,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams. “What is being produced here is just as good as anywhere else in Africa,” said auctioneeer Dendy Easton, formerly of Sotheby’s. “It’s really very good value.”

Circle Art Agency press coverage in Reuters
Auction houses, wealthy Kenyans boost East African art sceneReuters 14 November 2015

“Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi, meanwhile, will bring a video installation with performance and photography by Ato Malinda, exploring lesbian, African and diaspora aesthetics”

Circle Art Agency press coverage in Financial Times
African artists on the way upFinancial Times 13 November 2015

The Factory has also provoked excitement in Nairobi’s incipient art scene, where one of Kenya’s only contemporary galleries, the Circle, opened in early 2015. “It’s a wonderful thing for Kenya what Nicholas [Logsdail] is doing,” enthuses the gallery owner, Danda Jaroljmek, who has also created an annual art auction that connects regional artists with collectors. She hopes that there will be a chance for her city-bound artists to broaden their cultural horizons. “It would be wonderful if our Nairobi artists could go to Lamu and meet Nicholas’s superstars,” she says. “Kenyan artists very rarely have the opportunity to travel and meet individuals of their caliber.”

Circle Art Agency and quote by Danda Jaroljmek in The Wall Street Journal
Welcome to Lamu: Africa’s Most Captivating Artists’ RetreatWall Street Journal Magazine 24 November 2015

Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi, meanwhile, will bring a video installation with performance and photography by Ato Malinda exploring lesbian, African and diaspora aesthetics

Circle Art Gallery in the FT
From the Venice Biennale to New York’s Armory Show the art world’s love affair with Africa is hotting upFinancial Times 13 November 2015

Since it’s founding in 2012 this auction house in Nairobi, Kenya has seen an influx of clients willing to bid high. Source: CNN

Circle Art Agency in CNN
Nairobi bids high on art sceneCNN

The highest artwork, a painting of oil on canvas dubbed ‘At Home’ by Ugandan artist Geoffrey Mukasa that depicts human relationship with the environment and animals, sold at Sh1.6 million. South Sudan’s artist Rashid Diab’s acrylic on canvas dubbed ‘Out of Focus’ anchored on Sudanese heritage was also bid at the same amount.

Regional auction magnifies hidden treasure in artPeople Weekend 7-8 November 2015

The third annual Circle Art Agency auction drew close to 300 artists, art lovers and collectors of modern and contemporary art, recording more than US$187,000 in sales. Dickens Otieno participated in the auction and joins CNBC Africa to talk about the art industry in Kenya.

KENYA’S ART ACTION DRAWS $187 000 – VideoCNBC AFRICA 6 November 2015

Organised by the Circle Art Agency, now in its third year, the auction saw art lovers turn up to enjoy the work of artists like Dawit Abebe, Peterson Kam- wathi and Jak Katarikawe. The auction had the highest bid at Sh1.7 million.

The Third East African Art AuctionThe Star 6 November 2015

Over the last three years, Circle Art has been masterful in marketing East African art, figuring out innovative ways of raise interest, awareness and investment potential among prospective art-lovers. They have targeted primarily new clients, especially ones with disposable incomes which they will ideally spend on East African art.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
…artists whose works sold for a total of Sh19.5 millionBDLife 6 November 2015

East Africa’s first visual art advisors, Circle Art Agency hosted the 3rd Modern and Contemporary East African art auction on Tuesday evening at Villa Rosa Kempinksi Hotel, Nairobi.

Circle Art Auction 2015 in Peoples Daily
Circle’s 3rd Annual Modern and Contemporary East African Art auction at Villa Rosa KempinskiPeople Daily 5 November 2015

“Well, each country is incredibly different, but I think the commonality is really that it [the East] is less known than other regions in Africa,” said Jaroljmek. “And we are trying to raise that awareness and to expose artists from this region, and to bring in international and local buyers, to make sure that they are aware of the great art that is here.”

Danda Jaroljmek interviewed on Voice of America
Nairobi Auction Showcases Growing East Africa Art SceneVoice of America 4 November 2015

Today an amazing art auction took off at Nairobi’s Kempinski Hotel, artists showcased their art through the Circle Art Agency

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
Art auction founder tells of her art experience – VIDEODaily Nation 3 November 2015

The Circle Modern and Contemporary East African Auction follows the lead and success of London based Bonhams and Nigeria based Arthouse Contemporary auctions which have staged regular art auctions in a bid to build the emerging African art market. The Circle auction, the only one in East Africa; has transformed the art scene in Kenya, creating enormous interest in East African art regionally and internationally.

East African art market ready for International recognition -Q&A with Circle Art Agency Director, Danda JaroljmekSTART 3 November 2015

The six countries include Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Namibia and South Africa, from where the 51 lots will be auctioned.

Some of the artists that will be featured include 94-year-old Edward Njenga, Dawit Abebe, Rashid Diab, Jak Katarikawe, John Muafangejo, Charles Sekano.

Circle Art Auction 2015 media coverage in allafrica.com
Kenya: All Set for Circle Art’s Auction 2015Allafrica.com 29 October 2015

All 51 artworks being auctioned that night were up this past weekend at Circle Art Gallery in a public preview that strongly suggested this third Circle Art collection is the most impressive one assembled to date. Another public preview is currently on at the Kempinski ballroom, up until noon of auction day.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
Incredible art works on show in the cityBDLIFE: ARTS AND CULTURE 30 October 2015

November 3 will be the annual Circle Art Agency’s Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction at the Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi. This will be the third edition of the auction, which is the only one in East Africa, following the lead of London’s Bonhams and Nigeria’s Arthouse auctions. According to founder and director of Circle Art Agency, Danda Jaroljmek, the auction has garnered international recognition and has seen the re- introduction of artists from the region.
“Hosting the [auction] gives us a unique opportunity to introduce modern masters and cutting edge contemporary artists from six countries…” she said.

All set for Circle Art’s Auction 2015The Star 29 October 2015

Enjoy the thrill of the chase for that perfect piece of art suited to your taste and budget and the joy of finding it. At the upcoming annual East African art auction, you might even get a steal!

Circle Art Auction 2015 in Peoples Daily
Here’s a chance to buy East African art like a collectorPeople Daily 23 October 2015

On Wednesday, East Africa’s first visual art advisors Circle Art Agency, hosted the media for an exclusive preview of the 51 Lots to be auctioned at the upcoming third Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction. Highlights in the auction will be a selection of rare Tanzanian art from the 70s, which was collected by the late hotelier Emerson Skeens.

Circle Art Auction 2015 in Peoples Daily
Lot preview for Modern and Contemporary East Africa Art Auction @Circle Art AgencyPeople Daily 23 October 2015

Circle Arts’ third Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction will take place the following Tuesday, November 3, in the Ballroom of the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
November jam-packed with art eventsBusiness Daily 23 October 2015

“There is a large community of artists in Addis who persevere despite a still-limited art audience in the country,” Zeleke writes in an essay on the show.” Though most contemporary artists live and work in Addis, their work depicts what is happening all over Ethiopia; the turbulence caused by the dramatic development and transformation of the country. These changes are a source of inspiration for most of the artists here.”

Addis Contemporary at Circle Art Gallery media coverage Okay Africa
Addis’ Art Scene: A New Exhibition Brings The Work Of 11 Ethiopian Artists From Addis Ababa To NairobiOkay Africa 16 June 2015

It was a long and difficult process, selecting the 11 artists that would eventually be shown in the Nairobi-based gallery. Mifta explained that there are about 1,800 professional artists in Addis to choose from, though, due to various constraints, “only 200 of them are active and 100 are very active”. In the end Mifta, along with Circle Art agency director Danda Jaroljmek, made the final selection – opting for painters, painting has always been the predominant medium for artists in Ethiopia.

Circle Art Agency press cutting in Mail & Guardian Africa
‘Addis contemporary’ exhibition in Nairobi reveals Ethiopia’s art evolution and the city’s strugglesMail & Guardian Africa 20 June 2015

Eleven Ethiopian contemporary artists are set to exhibit their creativity in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Circle Art Agency on Art Matters
Addis Ababa Contemporary Art Exhibited in NairobiArt Matters 13 June 2015

11 Contemporary Ethiopian artists are showing together for the first time in Nairobi at a new exhibition entitled ‘Addis Contemporary’ curated by Mifta Zeleke, curator and gallerist from Addis Ababa on 18th June at the Circle Art Gallery, Lavington.

Circle Art Agency media coverage in Contemporary And
Addis Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya 18 Jun 2015 – 12 Jul 2015Contemporary And

It is a fascinating exhibition, full of colour and light, the pictures dancing on the immaculate white walls of this pared down space.

And equally interesting (as I clamber on my hobby horse) is the fact that all 11 artists were academically trained — 10 of them at the Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Art and Design. The 11th, Ephrem Solomon, went instead to the Entoto Art School, where presumably greater adherence to traditional iconography is encouraged.

Media Coverage from The East African
A real eye opener, and based on formal skillsEast African 26 June 2015

Danda Jaroljmek wears many hats. She is not only an artist herself, but also an art consultant and, more recently, an auctions director and curator. Living in Kenya since 1997, she and two co-founders started the Circle Art Agency in 2012 to focus on building local and international markets for East African artists. Today, Circle has grown into a thriving institution, offering annual auctions that attract bidders from all over the world.

This year’s auction will be held on November 3, 2015, and features contemporary and modern African artists such as Dawit Abebe, Peterson Kamwathi, Jak Katarikawe, and many others. Here, Jaroljmek explains the history of the Circle Art Agency, and why collectors should take notice of the developing East African art scene. Read more

Artnet News media feature onDanda Jaroljmek
artnet Asks: Danda Jaroljmek on Collecting Contemporary and Modern African ArtArtnet News 23 October 2015

Kenya auction showcases east African art (video clip)

Kenya auction showcases east African arteNCAnews 13 November 2014

Obras de 51 artistas de África Oriental han sido vendidas por más de 160.000 euros en la segunda edición de la única subasta de arte africano contemporáneo que se celebra en Kenia, con la que los artistas buscan dar visibilidad internacional a sus obras.

El arte africano se cotiza en Nairobieldiario.es 4 November 2014

Featuring 51 artists from six different African countries, the heavily anticipated Circle Art Auction took place on November 3 and grossed over Sh18.7 million on the night, with 85% of the lots sold.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
It’s raining art in Nairobi! Hallelujah …Daily Nation 7 November 2014

For the second year in a row, the Kenyan capital was the venue for a unique auction of contemporary African art, in which works by 51 East African artists sold for $200,000 on Monday.

Nairobi auction highlights growing interest in African artFox News Latino 9 Dec 2014

Circle Art Agency is planning the second art auction following the success of the inaugural auction in November 2013. This year’s auction will feature 51 artists from six East African countries. The pieces have increased to 57, from last year’s 47.

Circle Art Auction is back, bigger and betterThe Star 30 October 2014

Expectations are high as Circle Art Agency confirmed it’s got an eye for artistic excellence, not just evident at last year’s auction, but also visible at the various ‘pop up’ exhibitions held in the past two years.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
East African art auction to draw spenders, collectorsBusiness Daily 16 Oct 2014

…surely Kyeyune must be the African Matisse. His certainty of line and ability to describe volume and the weight of flesh with a few confident passes put him among the continent’s masters.

African goddess by forgotten masterThe East African 16 Oct 2014

It was the poor relation of the art world, but now a new generation of experimental and increasingly exciting East African painters is turning heads and filling auction houses. But the revolution didn’t happen on its own — Daniel Howden meets the Nairobi innovators reinventing the market

East Africa’s art boomBritish Airways High Life August 2014

West and South Africa are well established on the world stage for contemporary art, but what exactly does East African art look like? Presently, with the international lens so focused on African art, collectors are actively exploring the region to discover new talent. Circle Art Agency, Kenya’s first independent art agency, is on a quest to convey the face of art in East Africa today.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
New Nairobi agency unveils the best of EA artDaily Nation 4 July 2014

An auction in Nairobi of modern and contemporary art from across East Africa in November attracted large crowds and buyers for works like a woodcut plate of a cow with a barcode by the young Kenyan artist Peterson Kamwathi.

Auction in Nairobi attracted large crowds & buyersNew York Times 8 January 2014

Kenya also held its first commercial auction of East African art in the capital, Nairobi, which saw totals bids of more than $215,000 (£131,000).

Africa in 2013 ten things we’ve learnt: African art is big businessBBC News Africa 24 December 2013

“It’s a positive step for the market in east African art, it opens up the art scene,” said Sudanese artist Eltayeb Dawel Beit, most recently working on an installation for the lobby of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ new Nairobi office.

East Africa art on rise as Kenya holds first commercial auctionNews 24 Kenya
Kenya: East Africa’s debut art auction whets investor appetiteFinancial Times Blogs
The Circle Art Agency is keen to expose local and international collectors to the wealth of artistic talent that exists in East Africa.
East Africa’s first Modern and Contemporary Art Auction being held in Nairobi this monthMsafiri November 2013

#Kenya: East African art coming of age? 1st commercial auction in Nairobi @circleartagency interview with Danda Jaroljmek, director, Circle Art Agency.

East African art coming of ageRadio France Internationale

Buyers snapped up works for more than $200,000 at east Africa’s first commercial art auction, organisers said today (5th November), hailing the success of an event that highlighted the rise of the region’s art scene.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
Booming sales in first auction of East African artDaily Nation 6 November 2014
East Africa art on rise as Kenya holds 1st commercial auctionYahoo News

“Over the last few months we travelled to numerous places in search of exceptional works, many of which were buried away in artist’s studios in neighbouring towns or hanging on hidden corridors in collectors’ homes,” Danda Jaroljmek, from Circle Art Agency

Kenyan art auction held in NairobiBBC News Africa 5 November 2013

The first ever auction of East African Modern and contemporary art, to be held in Nairobi November 5, is raising the profile of the region’s growing art scene.

East African art starts to make its markAFP 4 November 2013

In celebration of Kenya’s first major auction of East African art (held this past Tuesday in Nairobi) we’ve rolled out some of our choice pieces from the Circle Art Agency event. 90% of all pieces sold for a combined Ksh18.5 million ($216,000). Kenyans accounted for over half of all buyers. Above we showcase paintings from East African artists the likes of Michael Soi, Sane Wadu, Fitsum Berhe Woldelibanos.

A look at Kenya’s 1st major art auctionOkay Africa
Booming sales in first auction of East African artFrance 24

“Our primary aim is to grow the local market,” says Fox, who helped to set up the Tate’s African arts acquisition committee two years ago. “There is no platform in the region to sell work on the secondary market currently.”

East Africa’s first modern art auction includes bargains starting at $1,140Quartz News Briefing 2 November 2013
East African art Brave New Worldbbc.com 1 November 2013

My concern is that there are too few people determining what art is seen from the African continent, lots of power in a few hands, artists need to take control of their own destinies and come together to curate their own group shows and put themselves out there.

Interview: Danda Jaroljmek on the East African Art SceneRoyal African Society 30 October 2013

Since its inception in October 2012, Circle has made a gracious imprint on the local art scene and, if the November auction is implemented with the same finesse as their first exhibition ‘Xtract. Subtract. Abstract,’ which was held at the PWC Towers at the Delta Corner in Westlands, Nairobi, in May, it will certainly be a compelling experience for all those attending the viewings beforehand or participating in the final sale.

Biggest art sale in East AfricaThe Star 29 October 2013

And with the Circle Art Agency organising a regional auction November 5th at Nairobi’s new Kempinski Hotel, Kenyans will have a chance to see how a professionally-run art auction can attract collectors from all over the world.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
Circle host art auction with a difference in cityDaily Nation 28 October 2013

In Kenya—a country with very little arts infrastructure—the Circle Art Agency has organised the first ever auction of East African Modern and contemporary art, scheduled for 5 November.

As the art world globalises, new names and galleries are emergingThe Art Newspaper 16 October 2013

Kenya’s capital Nairobi hosts on November 5 the first ever commercial auction of East African Modern and Contemporary art, a sign of the growing profile of the region’s flourishing art scene. The high society auction at an upmarket hotel includes 47 lots from the past three or four decades, with prices expected to range from a few hundred dollars (euros) to almost $30,000 (22,000 euros).

East Africa art on rise as Kenya holds first commercial auction organized by Circle Art Agencyartdaily.org 25 September 2013

Kenya is set to host its first ever modern and contemporary art auction this week – amid a surge in global interest in African art. The retrospective, to be held on November 5th, will span the best work produced by artists from across East Africa over the last 40-plus years. Fiona Fox, co-founder and director of Circle Art joins CNBC Africa’s Nozipho Mbanjwa for more.

Kenya to host 1st modern & contemporary art auctionCNBCAFRICA.com

Nairobi held its first major, international commercial auction of East African art. The auction, organised by the Circle Art Agency, featured 47 works from 43 artists from six countries spanning the last four decades. In terms of sales, it was a huge success, with 90% of the works going for a combined Ksh18.5 million ($216,000).

Going going going: auction signals continuing rise of Kenya’s sizzling art sceneThink Africa Press 16 September 2013

Curated by the Circle Art Agency, the showcase of the exhibition was the ground floor of PwC’s new headquarters in Nairobi’s Westlands, in the expansive and high-ceiling wing known as Delta Corner.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
Deal maker sees money and more in Kenyan artBusiness Daily 31 May 2013
On the emerging Kenyan art sceneMonocle 24 May 2013

Kenyan artwork is going under the hammer for the first time at a major auction house in London.

Kenyan art up for auction in LondonAl Jazeera 20 May 2013

Since their launch on February 7, 2013 Circle Art Agency is showing Nairobi just how it’s done – with flair.

Circle Art Gains TractionThe Star 17 May 2013

Soi is one of the few Kenyan artists making a living from his work because the local market is small and international exposure limited. But that is changing.

A picture of modern KenyaThe Times May 2013

With the launch of the Circle Art Agency early this year, the Kenya contemporary art world has expanded significantly. Since January, the agency has secured several substantial art commissions from Nairobi’s corporate community for Kenyan artists to fill.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
Circle Art enhancing a taste for Kenyan creationsBusiness Daily 26 April 2013

NAIROBI— As the art scene in Kenya has grown, Michael Soi’s works have become searing depictions of society, including the underworld of strip clubs, prostitution, and police corruption, as well as everyday contradictions in politics and personal lives.

Danda Jaroljmek interviewed on Voice of America
Artist Uses Racy Subjects to Show ‘Real’ KenyaVoice of America 26 April 2013

“In recent years the international art world has taken a keen interest in Africa as an investment opportunity; emerging financial markets are frequently followed by emerging art markets,” says Fiona Fox at Circle Art Agency, who helped set up the Tate’s Africa committee. Her Kenya-based agency hopes to hold the country’s first art auction later this year with a retrospective of the best Kenyan works from the past 30 years “to create a buzz” and “regulate” prices.

Circle Art Agency press coverage in Financial Times
International buyers boost the profile of African artFinancial Times 26 April 2013

“I decided to give it the full throttle when I learned that the proceeds go towards promoting art in my country. How could I say no?” says visual artist Paul Onditi, about donating a captivating mixed-media work featuring his legendary ‘Smokey’ character.

Circle Art Agency selects Kenyan artwork for Bonhams auction in BritainThe Star 23 April 2013

The works, which are being packed and flown to the UK this week, are by Peterson Kamwathi, Beatrice Wanjiku, Michael Soi, James Muriuki, Paul Onditi, Cyrus Kabiru, Anthony Okello, and Bertiers. The charity sale was arranged by Danda Jaroljmek, former director of the Kuona Trust in Nairobi, and now a partner in the Circle Art Agency.

Kenyan art travels the worldEast African 19 April 2013

Set the agency up to cater to the growing number of Kenyan businesses who are beginning to buy art collections, multinationals who want to be seen to support Kenyan culture, and individuals from across the board.

The Collection BugSTART Journal of Arts & Culture March 2013

“It’s quite hard to find art in this town. There is more to discover. We need to increase art collections and conversations with other artists. We are organising a lot of events to know talents that we cherish.”

Circle Art Agency opening cocktailThe Star 12 Feb 2013

Meanwhile, one of the most exciting features of 2013 will be the launching of the Art Circle Agency at the end of January. Aiming to expand both the local and global art markets for Kenyan artists…

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
An art-filled 2013 awaits KenyansBusiness Daily 20 Dec 2012

Jaroljmek explains the details to the dynamic band of artists in attendance “There aren’t enough places to show art in Kenya,” she began. “By encouraging businesses and individuals, we want to work harder to get Kenyans to buy art. We want to create a buzz around local talent.”

The first independent arts agency opens in KenyaThe Star 6 Nov 2012