National Trust
Discover 'Home' at 575 Wandsworth Road

Film & Campaign Description

575 Wandsworth Road, London, was the home of Khadambi Asalache – a Kenyan-born poet, novelist and British civil servant. Asalache spent 19 years transforming its interiors with hand-carved fretwork patterns and painted motifs inspired by traditional African houses and Moorish and Ottoman architecture.

Following his death in 2006, Asalache left 575 Wandsworth Road to the National Trust, which was first opened to the public in 2013. Today, his home has become a source of inspiration for collaborators, creatives and artists of all ages, forging social connections within its community and beyond.

In this video, you can discover the inspirational qualities of Khadambi Asalache’s creations at 575 Wandsworth Road. Hear from three creative artists who recently returned to the house to reflect on their own connections to this place. They also discuss the impact it has on their own work and their thoughts around home and legacy.

‘Home’ was developed in collaboration with video production agency Media Worx who the National Trust have worked with on a number of projects in 2022 and 2023.
MediaWorx we’re able to offer new perspectives in presenting the story of 575 Wandsworth Road and Khadambi Asalache thanks to their extensive experience as documentary film makers.

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