Art Moves Africa: the Mobility Fund of Artists & Cultural Operators within Africa

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Selection committee

The selection committee is composed of arts and culture professionals from the five African regions. The selection committee consists of members voted in from the General Assembly and changes every two years.

The selection committee members are not aligned to any organisation that may directly benefit from AMA funding. Members of the selection committee serve on volunteer basis in their individual capacity.


Serman Chavula, Malawi (Southern Africa)

Serman Chavula was born in Mzimba District , Malawi on 15th August, 1948. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from the City University, London.

He is currently Coordinator of the Southern and Eastern Africa Copyright Network, a position he has held since 2008. Before this, he was Copyright Administrator and Executive Director of the Copyright Society of Malawi (1992 – 2008), a society which he established and helped grow from a government fully-funded organization to an independent and self-sustaining organization; he was Chief Arts and Crafts Officer in the Malawi Government (1983 -1996), a position in which he oversaw the establishment of a Department of Arts and Crafts and a National Dance Company; Archivist in the National Archives of Malawi (1975 -1983) and Education Officer (1974 – 1975). He also worked as a secondary school teacher. 

He is an expert in cultural policy issues, copyright and related rights and collective management of authors' rights. He has undertaken several expert missions on behalf of UNESCO, WIPO, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO). He is a member of the Selection Committee of Art Moves Africa (AMA) which facilitates movement of artists in Africa. He is also an external Board member of the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe.


Christine Eyene, Cameroon (Central Africa)

Christine Eyene is an art writer and independent curator based in London. She was co-curator, with Gabi Scardi and Mark Sealy, of the exhibition Roma-Sinti-Skale-Manush organised by Autograph ABP and presented at Rivington Place, London, from May to July 2012. She also co-curated DAK'ART 2012 - Biennale of Contemporary African Art alongside Nadira Laggoune and Riason Naidoo. Her other previous curation projects include: the African section of the 3rd edition of Photoquai - Biennial of World Images at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris; Gwanza - Month of Photography at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; FOCUS11 - Contemporary Art Africa, as part of Art|42|Basel's Public Program; as well as several exhibitions in London, Dakar, and Basel.

Prior to working as an independent curator, Eyene was consultant for PUMA from 2008 to 2010. From 2006 to 2009 she was publishing director of Africultures, journal to which she has been contributing since 2002. From 2002 to 2003, she worked with South African artist, curator and editor Mario Pissarra on the Contemporary Africa Database developed by the Africa Centre, London.
As an art critic she has contributed articles to Africultures, Art South Africa, Basler Zeitung, Manifesta Journal, Third Text, and written essays in books and exhibition catalogues. She has been member of the editorial board of Africultures, Paris, since 2002. Christine Eyene holds a D.E.A (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) in History of Contemporary Art, Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne (1999), supervised by art critic and historian Philippe Dagen.


Hildegard Kiel, Tanzania (East Africa)

Hildegard Kiel is best known for he work as founder and long-term director of the award-winning Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA), East Africa’ first private music school with a focus on teaching traditional music of the Swahili Coast and the Indian Ocean Region.
In the year 2007 she received the BBC World Music Award for the Category Movers and Shakers, as well as a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research on the origins of Zanzibar Taarab music. Hilda has a degree in music performance and music therapy from the California State University Long Beach. She worked as a music therapist in Germany and the USA before she shifting her professional career to music promotion and arts management in 1995.  
She has since worked with various organizations in Germany (Womex), Austria (Lotus Records), Tanzania (DCMA, Ziff, Busara Festival), Kenya (AKU), Egypt (Makan) and Pakistan (AKU). She is a member of the board of Busara Promotions, the selection committee of Art Moves Africa (AMA) and Karna Arts in Egypt. She currently lives in Dar es Salaam, where she has started a new organization called “MuDa Africa” which focuses on teaching music and dance to local youth.