London-based artist Rebecca Davies has taken up a residency at 32 Degrees East, Uganda. Davies’ socially engaged practice celebrates people and stories. In one of her most recent projects, Davies toured an ice cream van across the UK, which was used for public gatherings, exchange and conversations. In addition to her own work, from 2010-12 Davies co-directed Studio at the Elephant, a unit in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre that functioned as a studio for artists to work with the local community, providing a platform for locals to express themselves creatively.
In Uganda Davies is working in dialogue with Ugandan artist, Julius Katende to collaboratively deliver a series of artworks in key public spaces in Masaka, a town and district two hours South of Uganda's capital city, Kampala. Katende is orginally from Masaka and would like to produce a series of works that engage the public and encourage his home town to look at Masaka in ways they previously hadn't before.
32 Degrees East is a centre for contemporary Ugandan art which responds to the remarkable untapped and un-fostered potential in the Ugandan arts scene.
You can keep up to dated with Davies residency by following her online diary here.