Founded in 2014, Guns & Rain was one of Africa's first online galleries, founded by Julie Taylor to address the under-representation of African art online and globally. Guns & Rain now has a physical space in Johannesburg. The gallery works with contemporary emerging artists from six African countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Nigeria, and has produced regular exhibitions in Johannesburg since 2015.
Most of the artists engage with social and political subject matter, and many are concerned with identity politics. The name ‘Guns & Rain’ comes from the work of South African-born British anthropologist and playwright David Lan - who wrote about guerrillas and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle - for its reference to culture, identity, land, struggle change, and other important African themes that inform the curatorial focus and programme of the gallery.