Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI) is a non-profit visual art space dedicated to the growth and preservation of contemporary art in East Africa.


Established in 2020, NCAI builds on a rich legacy of art projects and institutions in the region. We seek to tell the stories of the artists and projects that have come to shape the region's contemporary art scene.

Through exhibitions, the development of an East African art archive, an extensive public program of talks and a multidisciplinary educational program, NCAI serves as a hub and a resource for the thriving East African art community and an inspiring cultural space for our audiences. 


In collaboration with the Kuona Artists Collective NCAI has established a contemporary art library within NCAIs exhibition space. We are also developing an archive of exhibitions, events and writings that tell the story of the artists and the art of East Africa.