Visual artist Evelyn Chisambiro has made a giant step in her artistry as she is set to open her own gallery on Saturday named KaliSo Art Gallery in Lilongwe.
In a country where there are a few galleries and no national art gallery, Chisambiro said the gallery is aimed at offering space to artists to sell their works.
“The art gallery is 100 percent owned by me. I decided to open the gallery after being frustrated with lack of avenues to sell art in the country. I love to produce artworks like most visual artists in the country, but art is not made to be hidden behind closed doors but displayed and enjoyed. Upon sharing my frustrations with other artists, I realised we shared the same sentiments,” Chisambiro said.
She said most artists were selling their works online but were often met with questions such as ‘where can I view your work?’
“And I know that it is also not every visual artist who has social media marketing skills, let alone being able to constantly afford data. So, having a physical avenue makes it much easier for customers and art lovers to find our work and to promote the visual arts sector in the country,” Chisambiro said.
She said, through the gallery, she aims to promote arts through mediums such as a website, catalogue and also explore new ways of bringing the sector to customers.
“Art is more than something beautiful for the wall and it can also be used as a social economic driving factor in society. Through platforms such as the gallery, it is my hope that we can be able to promote art and the industry not only within the country but also internationally,” Chisambiro said.
She said, through the gallery, she also hopes that she can assist budding artists to get their names out there, promote other talents such as poetry, music and dance.
‘Galleries are such good platforms for exchange of arts and this is my hope for KaliSo,” Chisambiro said.
Chisambiro has exhibited in several platforms and also showed her skills by painting live other events.
Her gallery adds to other galleries showcasing works of visual artists in the country such as La Galleria in Lilongwe, which is owned by Elson Kambalu.