Acme Studios — Samson Kambalu

Supporting Artists since 1972


Samson Kambalu

Fire Station Residency
2005-2010

Artist and author Samson Kambalu studied at the University of Malawi (BA Fine Art and Ethnomusicology, 1995–99); Nottingham Trent University (MA Fine Art, 2002–2003) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (PhD, 2011 to the present). He works in drawing, painting, installation, video, literature and performance to explore and criticise religion and identity politics. The artist’s philosophy, ‘holyballism’, is demonstrated in an interactive work, Holy Ball, that he has exhibited on several occasions since 2000: a football plastered with pages of the Bible. 52 Holy Balls was shown at the Institute of International Visual Arts, London in 2008.

He has shown work internationally at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Zomba (2000); Museum De Paviljoens, Almere (2003); Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (2003); Barbican, London (2004); Liverpool Biennial (2004); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2004, 2008); Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery (2005); Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2006); Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig (2006); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2008); Sai Gallery, Osaka (2009) and Tokyo International Art Festival (2009).

Fire Station Residency 2005-2010

Acme's residency at the Fire Station is one of the most directly supportive schemes for artists in the United Kingdom, providing combined studio and living space at low rents, as well as a half rent residency for a deaf or disabled artist. This five year fixed-term residency scheme is intended to allow artists more time to concentrate on the development of their work and professional careers, and less time working to survive. 2005-2010 residents were selected by former Acme co-director Jonathan Harvey, arts consultant Tessa Jackson and artists Hayley Newman, Erika Tan and Julie Umerle.