Dr Rose Kirumira
Educator, Artist and Sculptor
Rose Namubiru Kirumira born 28th October 1962, is a leading Ugandan female Sculptor and Senior Lecturer at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts(MTSIFA) at Makerere University. She holds a PhD in Art Education from Makerere University for which her focus was Re-visiting the value of informal learning spaces in the Formation of African Visual Artists. At MTSIFA she teaches materials and techniques of sculpture in Fine Arts ,Research Methodology and Design. She is versatile in all media with particular preference for wood, metal and terracotta.
Rose has served in various administrative roles at Makerere University as Faculty Deputy Dean, Head of Fine Art Department, Coordinator Masters of Fine Art Program,Coordinator of Rockefeller and African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) Department Projects, Committee Member Gender MainstreamingMentoring Program Makerere University, MemberSub-Contracts CommitteeCollege of Engineering, Design and Art; and,Co-Chair of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) Forum on the Nexus of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.
Dr. Kirumira is an internationally recognized and widely exhibited female sculptor. She has written several articles, participated in various national projects and has had single and joint exhibitions in Uganda. She was part of the Triangle International Artists' Networks both in Africa and Europe. She started Ngoma Workshop, the first Triangle International Artist's Workshop in Uganda, and has attended several artists' workshops and residencies in Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Denmark, China and USA. She Chaired the first Kampala International Artists Festival 2012. She thus has extensive experience with artists works, activities and 'work-shopping' in Africa.
Rose has been a Fulbright Fellow (1998) at De Anza College Cupertino California, USA. She was a Journalist Fellow (2009) at the Nordic Africa Institute Uppsala and an Artist-in-Residence at THAMI MYELE (2003) Netherlands. She was a A.W. Mellon Writer-in-Residence atRhodes University, South Africa (2018) and a member of the ArtPOWA Network. Currently, she is a Visiting Guest Artist at the Visual Art Department, Stellenbosch University.