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Mission: To establish the first international contemporary arts centre in Nepal, for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of a broad and diverse public with world-class exhibitions, workshops, symposia and an active artist exchange programme. To connect Nepalese artists to the global art culture and to generate public interest in contemporary art in Nepal - art as part of identity and heritage, as it always used to be.

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

KCAC is helping to highlight Nepal's rich artistic heritage by acting as a platform for the fantastic wealth of artistic talent in Nepal today. KCAC supports up to four contemporary Nepalese artists a year which is partly funded by their international artist in residence programme. This programme not only creates opportunities for Nepali and international artists to learn and work along side each other, but continues to be a catalyst for exciting exhibitions, lectures and workshops, held in and funded by the centre, that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

KCKC does something never before attempted in Nepal: maintain a magnificent but largely unknown centuries-old artistic tradition by fostering contemporary talent. Its impact is felt beyond the country's artistic community, which it helps through exhibitions, providing facilities and the awarding of creative and study grants. By bringing the work of Nepali artists to wider international attention, KCAC has provided a stimulus to cultural tourism, making its own contribution to the country's economy.

maureen drdak

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Friend,
As a Fulbright Fellow I recently had the profound pleasure and privilege of working in KCAC’s world class artist residency in the glorious Patan Museum; situated on one of the most beautiful squares in the world, it was truly an unforgettable creative experience. KCAC has my deepest admiration and ongoing support, both for its devotion to contemporary visual arts in Nepal and, critically, for the breadth and depth of its accomplishments. Demonstrating unflagging ambition and élan, KCAC is truly a phenomenon; in a very short period of time and working within extremely challenging conditions it has firmly established itself as the go-to platform for visual arts in Nepal!
Maureen Drdak, 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellow for Nepal


Rating: 5

The Kathmandu Arts Centre is such an amazing charity which not only assits the arts and artist of Nepali but brings Western artist in contact wtih Nepali art and artist. It is a constanly evolving dynamic charity which brings together a diverse group of people all with the common goal of doing good. It is is a privilege and a pleasure to be able to contribute to it.



Rating: 5

KAC puts on imaginative events and raises funds in unusual and fun ways. It's been great to be involved. The office is small and friendly which makes any contribution easy.



Rating: 5

I was a huge fan of Sur Sudha a Nepali well know instrumental band. When i heard that they are playing in London i couldnt tell how lucky to see them, when i detail whom they are playing for there i came to know Kathmandu art Centre, a charity which being far from Nepal trying to help Nepalese artist. i was so impress especial with the program which Kathmandu Art Centre was going to do around 2008 Oct, called Kukur Thir( Dog Day) and it a festival which normal Nepali dont take it serious as it come in the 2nd big Hindu festival Diwali. I was so impress of the work, as the website is so upto date and accurate and user friendly i get to know about, what is the Art centre for, whom are the parton and lucky to meet few. I at least a day go to the website as it keep me up to date on current program and let to know about the future event as well. It share the picture which tell the whole story of the event.

Comments ( 1 )


kathmandu-art 02/09/2010

Thank you, it is very helpful to us that you took the time to talk about your experiences with the Arts Centre, particularly as we met through the work of the charity not through personal contact. Thank you for all the work you have done to support us here and in Nepal.