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The art exhibition by a new group, 265 Art Block, which opened at La Galleria in Lilongwe on May 3, has been extended to May 14.

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Elson Kambalu, who is also owner of La Galleria, said Wednesday that they have extended it to May 14 to give a chance to more people to sample the artworks on display.

The exhibition, running under theme ‘Art Creativity as Madness’, was expected to close today.

“Since the exhibition opened on May 3, there have been lots of prospects and we have managed to sell some works,” Kambalu said.

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He said they were happy to extend days the exhibition to give a chance to more people to sample and buy the works.

Kambalu said the 265 Art Block is a new grouping that has just come together to work.

“This is their first exhibition and it includes most notable names in the country’s arts circles, among them Ellis Singano, Kas Mdoka, Peter Paul Ndyani and William Mwale,” he said.

Kambalu said the recurring theme has been that of artists bringing in free thought in a way they are presenting their work.

“It is more of expressionism than representation painting and so, whilst their subjects are diverse, they unify in modern expressionism of their work,” he said.

The visual artist and filmmaker said the exhibition is a step in the right direction as Visual Arts Association of Malawi (Vaam) remains inactive.

“Vaam is inactive and so artists are trying to find alternatives to sustain their work,” Kambalu said.

He also observed that the exhibition has indicated that artists are working very hard to produce quality work.

“The quality of the work continues to improve by the day. We need to do more though, in terms of marketing and creating connections with clients,” Kambalu said.

He said that he knows that there is a clientele base out there but he noted that artists have not done much to tap into it.

Kambalu said 265 Art Block intends to begin courting partners beyond the borders to increase opportunities through international exhibitions.

“This work can sell anywhere in the world but we need to dig deeper and market it,” he said.

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