Elson Kambalu is a visual artist/curator/gallerist/film maker based in Lilongwe, Malawi. He is increasingly drawn to conceptual and participatory work and he is interested in listening to, sharing people’s stories, and creating works that stimulate debate. Elson has exhibited extensively, and his work has appeared on BBC, CNN, and numerous broadcasting houses across the world. He owns several galleries in Malawi including Art House Africa, and he works with more than 150 artists, collecting and connecting them to clients within and outside Malawi. In 2015 he was chosen as one of the 10 most innovative people of his country.
Art House Africa is an artistic initiative by SFA partner Elson Kambalu based in Lilongwe, Malawi. It was established in 2005 with the purposes of serving as a hub for artists. The organization also works as an employment bureau for artists. The organization was founded after realizing that there is no formal structure of information channels among artists in Malawi.
Today, the company act as a resource centre where all artists plying their trade in Malawi visit to obtain different kinds of information related to their work. Some of the services provided by the organization include: organising art exhibitions, cultural events, advertising and promotion using drama, dance and music, interior and exterior designing and events management.
The organization contributes to the development of art in the country by increasing interaction between artists and their clients.