The Yellow House provides a safe space where artists from all mediums meet, work and create independently of the destructive forces that not only threatens their physical lives but their inner spirit.
The Yellow House Jalalabad was established in 2011 within a walled garden in the Pashtun dominated South of Afghanistan. It is the first sanctuary of its kind in a region where the Taliban have targeted artists, filmmakers, musicians and those who exhibit and distribute their work. The space also acts as a place of mediation where artists at work can be seen to be helpful and a part of the greater community.
All the artists of the Yellow House believe the best way to bring peace and positive social change is not with the weapons of war but with a broad range of creative media and strategies.
Although the Yellow House is primarily driven by young artists in Afghanistan the space has been solely funded from the sale of artworks by Australian Film maker and Artist Dr George Gittoes AM and partner, fellow Australian, Hellen Rose.
The decision to turn The Yellow House Jalalabad into a charity arose from the enthusiastic public reception at World Conference For Artistic Expression in Oslo from the presentation of the project.
Many individuals as well as organisations were offering funds to keep this courageous and successful creative centre alive.
Gittoes and Rose are currently in negotiations to turn the Yellow House Jalalabad into a foundation and are highly interested in any serious donors who wish to support this incredibly courageous and successful venture.