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“Art is meant to be bought” Wambui Collymore weighs in on Art Cafe’s exposure saga


City Restaurant Art Cafe on Wednesday dominated the trending chats in the country following the launch of their recent campaigns.

Netizens however raised concern over the issue with the reward they are offering to the winner of the competition.

According the post, the winner gets two months internship at Art Café and a free one year supply of coffee.

“ANNOUNCING our #ARTofthecity competition! Calling all creatives of the city…help us jazz up our take-away coffee cup and WIN BIG with Artcaffé! Read the competition details below, and ENTER! Tag your artistic friends and spread the word!….Exhibition space in one of our restaurants for 2 months or an internship with the Artcaffe Design Team for 2 months. And free coffee for a year! A total of 365 coffees redeemed at 1 a day.” Read the post

The late Bob Collymore’s wife Wambui Collymore has weighed in on the saga telling off Art Cafe on the whole ordeal.

According to Wambui, the founder of The Art Space, an online art gallery, art is meant to be bought.

“This is precisely why we need to stop using the words, ‘support art’. “Art is made to be bought unless the artist offers to do it for free, Artists live on the money their art makes. Refusing to buy art actually kills the industry. Exposure is refusing to buy art. We don’t need exposure. We need investment in the arts.” She said

Wambui further told Artcaffe than she could give them a few tips on how to invest in art pro bono.

“For free, @ArtcaffeKenya I can consult with you on how you can invest in art. Please DM me.” He said